Contemporary dance goes pretty well with techno, cyborgs, and asking about the state of your own body. We report on a dance piece that you as fans of experimental electronic music should not miss.
Everyone who is interested in contemporary dance and performance in Leipzig is familiar with Post-organic Bauplan. For three years Autotomiea trilogy, tested, danced, performed and further developed in various acts in Leipzig, Berlin and Hildesheim.
The makers Josefina Maro (choreographer and performance artist) and Salvador Marino (evolutionary biologist and multimedia artist) from Argentina have been researching and living in Leipzig since 2017 and have been involved in shaping the city’s cultural life ever since.
And it is not only in the audience and the fans of the dance collective that there are overlaps with Leipzig’s subculture and techno scene – one of the performers in this year’s edition of the trilogy is dancer and activist Elle Fierce. We already introduced Elle to you at the Balance / Club Culture Festival. The music for the performance is technoid-electronic-experimental and comes from Bungalovv.
Robots, experience, disembodiment – and modern dance
In terms of content, the piece can probably best be described with this logline: In the interplay of analogue, robotic and digital elements, performers build up an identical physicality on stage with holograms and robotic prostheses.
Und: „Through the experimentation with robotic prostheses we want to embody a Post-organic Bauplan that could enable us to escape from a system that tries to homogenize us.“
inspiration and perspective
The performance is inspired by biological phenomena (as the collective name suggests), namely that some parasitic plants can create a chimeric tissue in which the bodies of the host and parasite are indistinguishable. Autotomy describes a defense strategy that is a characteristic behavior of certain animals, to voluntarily part with parts of one’s own body in order to survive.
The trilogy is based on the creation of fictional landscapes and narratives that blend elements of science fiction, posthumanism, life sciences, dance and robotics.
Premiering on June 24, 2022
The collective Post-organic Bauplan works from a post-humanist perspective, based on the development of non-organic devices and performances to transcend what determines our bodily perception. The duo seeks to disembodied the notion of “the body” as natural and immutable.
From June 24th to June 26th you have the chance to see the third part of the Autotomy trilogy and immerse yourself in a world of the post-organic. Tickets are available online from the Lofft Theater.
AUTOTOMY: THE TIME OF THE CHIMERA is a production of Post-organic Bauplan in co-production with LOFFT – DAS THEATER.
Funded by the City of Leipzig – Cultural Office and the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony. This measure is co-financed by taxes on the basis of the budget passed by the Saxon state parliament.
Supported by the NATIONALE PERFORMANCE NETZ – STEPPING OUT, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR initiative. Utility dance.
CONCEPT+MANAGEMENT Post-organic Bauplan: Josefina Maro, Salvador Marino CHOREOGRAPHY Josefina Maro DESIGN+PROSTHETIC DEVELOPMENT Marine Savior COSTUME Chiara Fairfax PERFORMER * INSIDE Elle Fierce, Klara Lopez, Mar Ballarín MUSIC Bungalovv AVATARDESIGN Hardmetacore Alessandra Vuillermin 3D-ENVIRONMENT+ANIMATION studio_nyx:Roman Steinmetz, Mark Kratz TECHNICAL SUPPORT Emma Chapuy PROGRAM CONSULTING Frank Buechel PARTNER Wisp Collective eV PHOTOS Thomas Puschmann.