Pictures: © Leszek Januszewski
SABOTAGE was the first piece of a triple-bill evening titled “Wunderlich!”, shared with choreographers Helge Letonja and Jaione Zabala, and commissioned by the Ballett der Oper Graz in March 2018 as an exploration of the work of the late tenor Fritz Wunderlich.
The piece, composed of four dancers, focused on the impact of the culture of superficiality and fast-media in today's youth. Through four abstract archetypes, used as tools to demonstrate social constructions through their interactions, the piece emphasizes the duality between awareness and inconsequence.
The scenes unfold in a dream-like, illogical order. They illustrate this youth at times as it is, then jump to an imagined version of it. What stays in the end is a blur of information, an excess of emotional charge and an image of bodies moving - a picture of youth.
Although "sabotage" can allude to a loud, violent disruption - precisely an image one could associate with youth - it comes as a paradox that the term in the piece refers to listening and remaining aware.
performance BÁRBARA FLORA
ENRIQUE SAEZ MARTÍNEZ
music KANYE WEST
JOHANN S. BACH
light design SEBASTIAN ALPHONS
costume design SILKE FISCHER
Premiered with the Ballett der Oper Graz at the Studiobühne der Oper Graz in March 2018.
"…a humorous look at the habits of youth."
"…the bipolarity of commonality and individuality of his four "archetypes", presented in a strikingly cut sequence of images, allows romantic longing as well as banal hardness of reality to come over the ramp."