PREMIERE: PICTURE A VACUUM // MOUVOIR / Stephanie Thiersch // 14/10/22 // Asia Culture Center, Gwangju
Picture a Vacuum is the new episode of our long-term research on grief and social vulnerability. Again in the form of a transcultural performance-concert exploring the notion of mourning in different cultural contexts, we are working for the new version with our artistic team in Korea in cooperation with SIDance International Dance Festival and ACC/Asia Cultural Center. Based on a line of text from a spoken word song by British musician Kae Tempest, the title refers to the universal feeling of emptiness in the face of death. In Korea, the interdisciplinary artistic team from Europe is joined by the extraordinary Korean shaman Hye-kung Min and dancer Hyerim Jang. The European cast with Martha Mavroidi, Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola, Julien Ferranti, Manon Parent expands to include dancer Gyung Moo Kim. The contributing artists combine their knowledge of different cultural techniques, songs and rites to an evening that traces the intimacy, the dialogue and at the same time the communal and unifying of the laments and rituals. Together they approach the question of the existence of a world mourning in a poetic space with dance, ritual, art song and folklore, sounds and electronics.