Production Details / Press Releases
For 44 years, the mining company Wismut extracted uranium from the Ore Mountains of Saxony for use in the Soviet atomic project. Today, the mines are closed, but the history radiates through the landscape and bodies. In this docu-dance, the movement choir invites the audience into the hollowed-out landscapes to see what new forms of collective, ideology, landscape and life can exist here.
“The mountain breathes. Cold air tumbles into the winding mineshafts. Below, the air flows in and out. Its mainlines, cross-cuts and blind shafts work together like an organism. It breathes, as if iron lungs were built there, ventilating the entire mountain range. Above ground, the slag heaps, the headframes-nature hewn with an axe. Whole forests are sent down, whole mountains come up.”
(Werner Bräunig, Rummelplatz)
“Wismut – a landscape, perforated, grooved and studded. Over-sized scarring appearing as hills, mountains, millions of years old. Radioactive landscape – radioactive gaze. Under the skin, ossified traces of history, wars, steam engines, the rising and falling of global market prizes, political deadlocks, scientific availability and processing, running fantasies of omnipotence formed out of coagulated fear into the earth as mushroom clouds. A dream of never-ending conquest, radiating for hundreds of years, perpetuum mobile of victory, a weapon that, long after the wars on the surfaces have ended, eats away at the nuclei, decaying into smaller and smaller weapons. Where a paranoid Central Committee once locked its jaw into the earth, it can’t be broken open, even though its body already died off. And now, a strange nostalgia is creeping over us, for today’s bite marks need to be traced to someone.”
(Luise Meier, Wismut fragment)
[Source: play bill]
TFB Nr. 1380
Cast & Credits
CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPHY: Jule Flierl
CONCEPT, INSTALLATION, SOUND: Mars Dietz
NUCLEAR CORE: Zoë Knights, Zwoisy Mears-Clarke, Cathy Walsh
NUCLEARER CHOIR: Gretchen Blegen, Pauline Brun, Mars Dietz, Jule Flierl, Zoë Knights, Zwoisy Mears-Clarke, Luise Meier, Nara Virgens, Cathy Walsh
STAGE: Pauline Brun
LIGHT: Gretchen Blegen
COSTUME: Claudia Hill
DRAMATURGY: Luise Meier
PRODUCTION: Alexandra Wellensiek
PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE: Nara Virgens
A production by Jule Flierl + Mars Dietz in co-production with Residenz Schauspiel Leipzig and SOPHIENSÆLE.
Supported by the Capital Cultural City Fund and the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
Production of Costumes and decorations: Kostüm- und Theaterwerkstätten Oper Leipzig
Thanks to Mika Hayashi Ebbesen, Patrick Primavesi and Kunsthaus KuLe Berlin, Thomas Frank und Ulrike Melzwig (Residenz Schauspiel Leipzig).
The video documentation is produced by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):