POST THEATER captures Rudolf von Laban’s thought on dance with a peculiar „machine“.
A white jumping sheet (life net) is held by the audience of 12 persons exactly. It shows a video projection that is projected from above. Will this haptic video tans-form itself into a performer? Who is dancing here with you, who for and guided by whom? Legendary choreographer and dance-thinker Rudolf von Laban (1879 – 1958) had an ambivalent relationship to the world of machinery.
An audience of exactly 12 persons becomes (without prior notice) both stagehands and performers. They join in holding a round and highly flexible screen of 2 m diameter. They all wear wireless headphones. Via these headphones and through the graphic visuals the audience learns in the shortest time how to move with the screen through the performance space which can be a public place as well.
Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, September 2013
Artistic direction: Hiroko Tanahashi, Max Schumacher
Video art: Hiroko Tanahashi
Choreography and dance for the video: Nina Kurzeja
Voice actor: Alexander Schröder
Screen: Marion Reddmann
Sounddesign and music: Sibin Vassilev
Commissioned and funded by and presented at TANZLOKAL – dance festival, Stuttgart, a project by Tanzfonds Erbe, an initiative of the Federal Foundation for the Arts of Germany. With support by Innovationsfonds Kunst of the Ministry of Research and Culture of the State of Baden-Württemberg