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New Baltic Dance'17: Liquid Loft

12th of May 8.30 PM, Arts Printing House, Black Hall

CANDY’S CAMOUFLAGE Imploding Portraits Inevitable
Liquid Loft (Austria)


Dance, performance: Stephanie Cumming, Katharina Meves, Karin Pauer
Choreography, artistic direction: Chris Haring
Composition, sound design: Andreas Berger
Light design, scenography: Thomas Jelinek
Costumes: Julia Cepp

Premiere: 2016
Duration: 65 min

Candy’s Camouflage is based on the practice of autocorpography, a self-embodiment that is as much self-surveying and self-definition as it is self-publication. The dark shadows of the real bodies mix with the decolourised, silver-tinted images cast onto the background wall. A dark eroticism is at play in this piece, a form of libidinal autonomy: three human bodies bathed in cool light, relating themselves to one another. To grasp yourself always also means to draw up a portrait of yourself. The Imploding Portraits Inevitable series began with Liquid Loft’s productions Shiny, Shiny… and False Coloured Eyes, changes its shape with Candy’s Camouflage. It provides projections of the feminine, subjecting stereotypes and brittle clichés to a series of stress tests. Above all, it explores surfaces: the outer layer of people, the skin, as well as the fabrics one can use to cover, cloak it.

In performance relishing in soul searching, blueprints of euphoria, longing, anger and madness set against each other, juggling with statuesque images of women that range from trash-goddess to Muslim to Oriental Queen. The performers feel their ways jumping across the epochs, touching on the mythological Victim-Perpetrators of the tragedies of Antiquity or the murderous strategists of Film Noir, also Warhol’s bored Chelsea Girls or punk and indie rock’s riot grrrls. Men remain absent, they’re not needed here, the environment belongs to the women – the femme fatales and the childlike strange, the dreamily raptured and the dramatically unbound.

Liquid Loft was founded in 2005 by the Austrian choreographer Chris Haring (artistic director of the dance company) together with a musician and composer Andreas Berger, Canadian dancer, choreographer, actress Stephanie Cumming and a stage director, dramaturge, video- installation- and concept-artist Thomas Jelinek. In their performances and installations, members of Liquid Loft interconnect contemporary dance directly with other forms of contemporary art in order to create a cohesive, all-embracing piece of art. Their idiosyncratic visual and formal language, their distinctive acoustic stage-sets and professional dance production have earned Liquid Loft international recognition and awards like the Golden Lion for Best Performance at the 2007 Biennale in Venice.

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