“à mort” (french) is announcement of the worst: “I will fight you to death.”. But it's also excess and expression of hyperbolic enthusiasm. “Do you love me?” – “à mort, hell yeah, with all I've got!”stuttered in enigmatic states of ecstasy.
“à mort” is a performative dedication to radical aliveness in dark times and against all odds. The choreography is situated in a Memento mori inspired installation, where the constructed hierarchy between human bodies and the more than human world dissolves: Bones next to rock, wood next to hair, armor next to skin, claws next to fingers. Hosting erratic rhythms, logic of animal behavior, objects of violence, between beautiful and bizarre, this evolving landscape shapes choreographies of destruction and construction.
An ensemble of performers and musicians explores processes of dying and killing and exposes the grotesque, yet all – too – human desire to dominate, even death. While three women play hunters and warriors, the horns blow. In a dying world the feminine voice emerges as powerful physical presence.
Claire Vivianne Sobottke is a choreographer, performer and dancer. Her work explores the body as a turbulent accumulation of concepts, collective and personal histories, traumata, memories, projections, identities and magic. The voice acts therein as political tool and poetic phenomenon. She develops sustainable strategies to subvert objectification and patriarchal hierarchy through a playful sexuality, sensuality, ecology and collectivity. Her work includes strange songs (2016), Velvet and WE BODIES (2019), Full Body Frontal (2022), Songs for Love and Rage (2018) and Amazonas (2017).
CHOREOGRAPHY, CONCEPT, PERFORMANCE Claire Vivianne Sobottke COMPOSITION, MUSIC Stellan Veloce MUSICAL COOPERATION AND FRENCH HORN Abigail Sanders et al. BY AND WITH Moss Beynon Juckes, Stina Fors, Claire Vivianne Sobottke SPACE AND OBJECTS Clementine Pohl, Yoav Admoni LIGHTING DESIGN AND TECHNICAL DIRECTION Catalina Fernandez COSTUME Lea Kieffer ARTISTIC PRODUCTION DIRECTION Simone Graf
A production by Claire Vivianne Sobottke in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE and PACT Zollverein. Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds. Media partner: taz.