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One moment intimately moving, another poignantly absurd, Maresa von Stockert’s new stage piece Constructions of Thin Air merges contemporary dance, physical theatre and an intriguing play with objects.
Performed by, and created in collaboration with, an intergenerational cast of nine, Constructions of Thin Air unfolds in two acts that are very different in feeling and choreography.
Act 1 looks at the failure of an absurd system – a metaphor for any system (whether political, social, economical) we belong to, need, desire and/or refuse. The individual is reduced to a cog in a complex machinery that breaks, leaving us in an ambiguous landscape between old and new, remnants and re-inventions, departure and arrival.
Almost opposite in feeling, Act 2 is intimate and fragile – a reflection on the permanent de- and re-construction of human relationships and existences, close and distant, that we witness and experience. It lays bare the power of memories and their loss, as well as the inevitability of change.
Without shouting an opinion or presenting answers, Constructions of Thin Air asks questions and provokes thoughts on the changing nature of home, identity and the complex world that surrounds us. Constant transformations of the set on stage play with the audience’s sense of stability and place.
The piece evolved from the company’s site-specific outdoor promenade performance BELONGING(s) that toured the UK & Europe 2015-17.
"A mix of intellectual and sensory scruplousness that makes her work strikingly original."
- The Guardian on Masquerade
FOR THE CURIOUS
Fri 9 Mar: Stay after the show for a Q&A with the artists.
Find our more about Tilted Productions in the #DancerInsights Blog series: tilted.org.uk/news/
Tilted Productions is funded by Arts Council England and Ipswich Borough Council. The creation process was supported by 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space, Newbury and DanceEast, Ipswich.
Venue: at The Place