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Ah! Oh! - A Contemporary Ritual
Recording: 2014-12-05 , HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2) (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Kat Válastur

Ah! Oh! – A Contemporary Ritual

HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2)

Production Details / Press Releases

Rituals are all about going beyond your current form. The principles of every transformation, through experience, may lead some people to romanticize a more noble nature for themselves, while others might withdraw. Despite the “change of scenery” through time the routine somehow remains the same; we are trying to change what is thick in our design into a lighter way of being. We commonly associate these routines to a passage from a world of parroting into a world of change, more in hope than in expectation, to end our suffering. But only few pass their time reconciled with their natural selves. All the dirt may drop off, yet the lie lies within. Transformation, usually through the body, can limit and liberate us at the same time. In moving, step-by-step, beyond this critical threshold, using our bodies as agents not born out of clinging and in seeing the same view with new eyes, we let go our selfaffirmations. In the end, we dare to imagine the sublime void. Infinity is hungry. It is biding our demise. We, by ourselves, deep-rooted into the soil, we cast our gaze on our countless reflections flying across the sky. This binds us with the world.

Cast & Credits

Concept & Choreography: Kat Válastur
Performance: Shachar Levi, Leyla Postalcioglu, Annegret Schalke, Romain Thibaud-Rose, Enrico Ticconi, Marysia Zimpel
Light design & construction: Martin Beeretz
Music & sound diffusion: Lambros Pigounis
Costumes: Lydia Sonderegger
Cooperation Costumes: Johanna Schraut, Sofia Vannini, Anna Philippa Müller
Dramaturgy: Thomas Schaupp
Text: Yiannis Papachristos
Press & Production: björn & björn
Production: Kat Válastur
Coproduction: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Théâtre de Nîmes, fabrik Potsdam, CDC Uzes Danse mit Unterstützung durch ETAPE DANSE, eine Initiative des Institut Francais Deutschland / Bureau du Théâtre et de la Danse und der fabrik Potsdam, gefördert durch die SACD und das französische Ministerium für Kultur und Kommunikation/DGCA und die Landeshauptstadt Potsdam.
Supported by the Capital Culture Fund.
With the kind support of the Uferstudios Berlin.
Thanks to the Institut für Raumexperimente, Nikos Flessas, Iosif Lykakis.

HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2)

Hallesches Ufer 32
10963 Berlin

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Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. 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):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

Kat Válastur / Trailers and Video Documentations

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