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Sergiu Matis (RO,DE)

Swiss premiere

duration : 150'
in english and french

In an unceasingly warming world, what is left of the idyllic nature described in the pastoral poems of Theocritus and Virgil? Are the poets perhaps themselves responsible for setting it on fire with their trivial erotic turbulence, and their politicising of landscape? Today, we forge our own pastoral settings out of remains while mourning the losses yet to come. The performers in Hopeless. are technologically enhanced nymphs and shepherds that desperately compete to see who can make the audience cry the loudest. The ecology between poetic language and choreography enables words to collide woefully with flesh. The vocal cords give the tone to motion thus we can shout and exorcise all possible dystopian scenarios. Hopelessness is not a state of paralysis, but a powerful force that moves us to act.

balise 04 – friday august 23rd, 8.30pm and after the performance
terrasse de la Salle communale
meeting and discussion (in french) about Hopless.

conceptiom, choreography: Sergiu Matis /performance: Gyung Moo Kim, Sergiu Matis, Emma Tricard / text: Sergiu Matis, Mila Pavicevic, based on translations of Virgil and Theocritus / composer: AGF aka Antye Greie / dramaturgy: Mila Pavicevic / set design: Dan Lancea / costume: Philip Ingman / light design: Emma Juliard / production management: Dag Lohde / choreographic assistance: Orlando Rodriguez / A Sergiu Matis production. Funded by the Capital Cultural Fund, the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, coproduced by Tanzfabrik Berlin in the frame of Open Spaces#1 2019 in cooperation with Radialsystem V Berlin / Supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ Coproduction Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

Animal sounds courtesy of the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Xeno-canto Foundation, and the following recordists: Patrik Åberg, Arthur A. Allen, Desmond Allen, Nick Athanas, Ian Atkinson, Mark Barsamian, Hanom Bashari, Arnoud van den Berg, Caio Brito, Warren Brockelman, Rhys Buckingham, Timothy Burr, Stijn Cooleman, Ronald Crombie, John Dennis, George Drewry, Wil- liam Duellman, Amy Dunham, Stephen Edwards, Victor Emanuel, Johannes Fischer, John Fitzpatrick, J. Richard Gauthey, William Gunn, Pieter de Groot Boersma, Kim Howell, Panchapakesan Jeganathan, Gareth K., G. Stuart Keith, Peter Paul Kellogg, Ben King, Jon King, Daniel Lane, Linda Macaulay, Yann Muzika, Markus Nolf, John O’Neill, Michael Ord, Theodore Parker III, Erik Patel, Eduardo Patrial, H. Douglas Pratt, Thane Pratt, A. Stanley Rand, Ronald Sauey, Robert Shallenberger, Roney Souza, Robert Stein, Charles Sutherland, Philippe Verbelen, Jean Ward, William Ward, Bret Whitney, Lucienne Wilmé, and C. Fred Zeillemaker.