New Baltic dance'17: Jonas&Lander | Portugal
14th of May 8.30 PM, Arts Printing House, Black Hall
Jonas & Lander (Portugal)
Choreographers: Jonas Lopes and Lander Patrick
Performed by: Jonas Lopes and Lander Patrick, Lewis Seivwright
Costume design: Carlota Lagido from ideas by Jonas&Lander
Light design: Carlos Ramos
Digital animation: Web4Humans
Sound design: Lander Patrick
Management: [PI] Produções Independentes | Tânia M. Guerreiro
Co-production: Teatro Maria Matos and Centro Cultural Vila Flor
Artistic residencies: O Espaço do Tempo, Alkantara (PT), Centro Cultural Vila Flor (PT), Centro de Experimentação Artística no Vale da Amoreira/Câmara Municipal da Moita, Artemrede/Projeto Odisseia (PT), DeVIR/CAPa (PT), Câmara Municipal de Lisboa/Polo Cultural | Gaivotas Boavista, PACT Zollverein (GR), Sín Culture Centre Budapeste (HU), Graner/Mercat de les Flors (SP), Nave (CL).
Support for internationalisation: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (PT).
Produções Independentes is financed by the Ministry of Culture / Direção Geral das Artes Aerowaves Twenty17 Artists.
Premiere: 2017
Duration: 60 min
We're all
We are all like little fishes
Inside a small ball made of glass
And God
GOD IS like a shark
who's in charge of us, I guess
Jonas&Lander recently discovered there’s a new species of octopus. It’s very small and as it looks harmless and fragile, it inevitably arouses a sense of empathy. Actually, it looks so adorable that science is thinking of calling it Octopus Adorabilis. This designation, which is contrary to science’s usual empirical naming process, drove Jonas&Lander to investigate incoherence as the genesis of human discourse as well as tensions in nature between rigorous exactitude and eschatology. Taking an octopus as a symbol of multiplicity, Jonas&Lander decided to create an octopus-styled dance aimed at ingesting, digesting and regurgitating diverse cultural and natural references. With a brain in every tentacle, Octopus Adorabilis uses its body, along with light and sound, as independent elements that impact behaviour and the reaction of its interpreters, just as hunger, temperature and sexual instinct affect animal decisions.
“In Adorabilis, we experience a reaction to a frenetic and automated world controlled by an adorable digital Big Brother.”
Watch the teaser of this performance here
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