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. 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.
+ Audience discussion on 24.02.
DANCE Andrea Alvergue, Helen Duffy, Janne Eraker, Gaëtan Farnier, Vilma Kananen, Nikolai Kemeny, Fran Zuglic
CHOREOGRAPHY Sebastian Weber + Company
CHOREOGRAPHY ASSISTANT Michela Pesce
MUSIC Michio Woirgardt
DRAMATURGY Guy Cools
MEDIA ART Holger Förterer
stage design Michiel Jansen
COSTUME PICTURE Nele Sternberg
VIDEOSTREAM Raphael Hahn
GUEST PLAY MANAGEMENT Tim Rosentreter
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Jenny Schmidt
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.
Funded in the program of #TakeHeart Wiederaufnahmeförderung of Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V.