NOWs: Arcana Swarm by Kat Válastur / HAU

20 - 23 November 2019 / Nows

Kat Válastur / HAU: Arcana Swarm


Stresemannstr. 29

10963 Berlin

What is joy when its ephemerality and fragility tend towards its own dissolution? In Kat Válastur’s new work the performers embody the emotional complexity of joy which constantly collapses. In a visually playful set where three human-sized sculptures are placed, the performers unfold a choreographic swing of joy that turns into horror. Arcana Swarm is a new HAU production for seven performers and the third part of the work cycle The Staggered Dances of Beauty, which deals with scenarios and varieties of our bodies exposed in a radically changing world. For this piece, Válastur works again with the technique of “morphing” as a transformative force. The body shows the affects and effects that derive from the tensions of the current technological, environmental and political conditions of a precarious and anthropocentric world.

After the event on November 22: Artist talk with Ana Vujanović (Berlin / Belgrade). Vujanović is a cultural worker focused on bringing together critical theory and contemporary art.

Concept, script & choreography: Kat Válastur / Performance: Juan Pablo Cámara, Ixchel Mendoza Hernandez, Gaetano Montecasino, Ogbitse Omagbemi, Tamar Sonn, Sarah Stanley, Tiran Willemse / Light design: Martin Beeretz / Sound desigh: Peter Breitenbach / Set design: Leon Eixenberger / Costume: Christina Nyffeler / Dramaturgical advice: Einav Katan-Schmid, Maja Zimmermann / Outside eye: Alexandra Balona / Assistance choreography: Kévin Quinaou / Production management: HAU Artist Office / Sabine Seifert / Touring & distribution: HAU Artist Office / Nicole Schuchardt

Wed 20.11.2019, 20:00 / HAU1 (Premiere)
Thu 21.11.2019, 19:00 / HAU1
Fri 22.11.2019, 19:00 / HAU1
Sat 23.11.2019, 19:00 / HAU1

Tickets available online

Production: Kat Válastur / HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Supported by: The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès as part of its New Settings Program.
Co-production: Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), PACT Zollverein (Essen), Theater Freiburg.

Funded by: Capital Cultural Fund (Berlin), Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Residency support: STUK Leuven, Tanzhaus Zürich, Centrale Fies / Live Works.