We are not alone on this planet. Billions of other creatures live with us and every finger point, every wing beat has consequences for all the others. The bat embodies the knot between humans and animals. It marks the contagious beginning of the corona crisis as the crossing of a boundary between fundamentally different beings. Its bite transforms us, the zoonosis makes us all the same.
In their new piece, the Sebastian Weber Dance Company takes the bat as a model for an unsettling deep drilling. BATS is a bloodthirsty, dark, infectious piece about man as beast in a programmed reality. As a sensual creature between archaic and science fiction, dance and technology, sonar and infrared. Starting from the bat’s depth-sensitive orientation in space, a dense choreography develops in a puzzle of real and virtual spaces. Amidst a jungle of cameras and screens, a flow of movements and atmospheres emerges, a constant mutation of perspectives and beliefs: Tap dance with rapid incidence. Algorithmic, elegant, restless!
BATS is the echo of a disinfected and digital world, where everyone is still connected to everyone else and be it by contagion. Rough, body-smart tap dance combines with hyper-realistic visual effects to network this hybrid beyond the confines of the stage in an online variant developed in parallel.
DANCE Andrea Alvergue, Helen Duffy, Janne Eraker, Gaetan Farnier, Vilma Kananen, Nikolai Kemeny, Samuel Vère CHOREOGRAPHY Sebastian Weber + Company CHOREOGRAPHY ASSISTANT Michela Pesce MUSIC Michio Woirgardt DRAMATURGY Guy Cools MEDIA ART Holger Förterer STAGE PICTURE Michiel Jansen COSTUME PICTURE Nele Sternberg VIDEOSTREAM Raphael Hahn PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Josepha Vogel PUBLIC WORK Sebastian Göschel
A production of the Sebastian Weber Dance Company in co-production with LOFFT – Das Theater, Hessisches Staatsballett in the context of the Tanzplattform Rhein-Main, HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste, Dresden, Theaterhaus Jena, Tempel Kulturzentrum/ Festival TANZ KARLSRUHE.
Supported by the City of Leipzig, Department of Culture, Fonds Darstellende Künste within the framework of the NEUSTART KULTUR program and the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony. This measure is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget passed by the Saxon state parliament.