How to cope with a sunset when the horizon has been dismantled: Stage design for Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT 1) The Hague. Directed by Marina Mascarell. Premiered on February 3rd, 2022 (season Traces Left Within), opening of Holland Dance Festival
A sensual, exuberant performance where silence is acknowledged and spaces in between become choreographed. Ten sculptures enter a dialogue with eight dancers, who resonate the abstract geometries, yielding new physicalities.
Throughout the performance, the dancers establish an intimate relation with the stage, forming a shifting poem-landscape. The work embraces a collaborative approach, where every collaborator has shared their vision and material. The result is a revelry of dance, that raises questions on body representation, gender performativity and musical narration.
Direction: Marina Mascarell
Choreography and Performance by: Jon Bond, Conner Bormann, Donnie Duncan Jr, Boston Gallacher, Nicole Ishimaru, Paxton Ricketts, Lea Ved and Tess Voelker.
Stage design: Ludmila Rodrigues
Light design: Leticia Skrycky
Costumes & choreography assistance: Nina Botkay
Dramaturgy: Riikka Laakso
Rehearsal director: Lucas Crandall
Music: Richard Wagner: Das Rheingold, WWV 86A, played by Vienna Philharmonic & Sir Georg Solti; John Cage: Eight Whiskus (Version for Violin) played by Irvine Arditti; György Ligeti: Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet: III, played by Albert Schweitzer Quintet; Jean Sibelius: 2 Pieces from Kuolema, Op.44: No. 1, Valse Triste, played by San Francisco Symphony & Michael Tilson Thomas.
“Prachtig is ook het toneelbeeld in How to cope with a sunset when the horizon has been dismantled van de Spaanse Marina Mascarell. Met losse, onregelmatig gevormde objecten is het een zee vol drijvende ijsschotsen in een onwerkelijk licht.” – Francine van der Wiel, February 6th, 2022, NRC, Netherlands
(“The stage image in How to cope with a sunset when the horizon has been dismantled by the Spanish Marina Mascarell is also beautiful. With loose, irregularly shaped objects it is a sea full of floating ice floes in an unreal light.”)
With thanks to Sofia Chionidou, Tjitte Meijer, Yvo van Os.