PREMIERE: WHAT IS LEFT // Overhead Project // 4/6/21 // LOFFT – Das Theater Leipzig
The situation on stage alternates between catwalk and military parade, passive voyeurism and solidary dependence. WHAT IS LEFT deals – based on the “frontal classroom arrangement” – with spatial structures that shape human communication culture.
We know them from waiting situations at counters, the hierarchy in the courtroom, in school and in church, from concentration in the theatre auditorium, as well as from advertising screens in underground stations. Frontal arrangements demand the attention of the bodies in the room and structure them.
WHAT IS LEFT is dedicated to these subtle and not always perceptible architectural structures that create a field of tension between space and body, between man and the power of communication.
The situation on stage alternates between appropriation and individual experience, between spatial distribution, division and allocation. Five acrobats and dancers occupy the space and are simultaneously taken over by it. The bodies make their appearance in a close and discreet way and are at the same time presented in an uncanny manner.
The performance is dedicated to the juxtaposition of authentic presence and the mode of presentation on the everyday fashion walks of this world that we go on in public. Between the struggle for attention and interdependence, the individual makes his or her way. In the midst of distorted gestures, giddy confidence and pulsating bodies, an energy is created that spirals upwards into the room in a heated and unstoppable way.