A choreographic feast of failure: with slapstick style body work, mechanical sophistication and a knack for the acrobatic, six stunt artists are standing up against society’s pressure to perform. They have built the protagonist of the performance an obstacle course filled with hurdles, emergency situations and tasks, which the protagonist bravely faces only to artistically fail at them. An emotional visualization of the existential fear of failure, which celebrates both the beauty and the art of falling as a new and lighter take on being.
CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPHY Clément Layes PERFORMANCE Steven Koglin, Dina Ekštjn, Ana Vnučec, Florencia Martina, Jonas Maria Droste, Ante Pavic SOUNDDESIGN Steven Heather LIGHTDESIGN Ruth Waldeyer STAGEDESIGN Jonas Maria Droste, Clément Layes COSTUMEDESIGN Ana Savić-Gecan COSTUMEDESIGN ASSISTANCE Ozana Gabriel VIDEO Christopher Hewitt ARTISTIC COORPORATION Jasna L. Vinovrški DRAMATURGY Jonas Rutgeerts INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION Inge Koks PR, PRODUCTION björn & björn
A production by Public in Private / Clément Layes in coproduction with Studio za suvremeni ples / Studio – Contemporary Dance Company Zagreb. Funded by the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa. With friendly support of Flutgraben e.V. und SOPHIENSÆLE. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung.
CLÉMENT LAYES lives and works as a choreographer and performer in Berlin since 2008. At the interface of choreography, visual arts and philosophy, his works emerge from observations of the everyday life. His performances are shown internationally. Recently: Der grüne Stuhl (2012), Things that surround us (2012), Dreamed Apparatus (2014), Title (2015), The Eternal Return (2017) and ONON (2019).
The company PUBLIC IN PRIVATE, founded by Clément Layes and Jasna Vinovrski in Berlin in 2008, investigates, reflects and questions social, political and cultural structures in its artistic works with the aim of expanding the boundaries and understanding of dance as an art form in a collaborative approach and reflecting on its media conditions.