Production Details / Press Releases
“Born on destroyed ground, the remains of the Earth, the three of them are waking up into a dream of an enchanted land. They are given a gift, an instrument that when played, embodies the world’s essence of wildness and beauty, while also hinting at darkness, destabilization and distorted realities.”
Magic Valley suggests an alternate civilization grown from dreams and imagination. Can other invented realities exist as endless reflections of our present image? Can we discover ourselves and grasp our essence in a parallel reality to reach a deeper understanding and rebuilding of our existence?
Exploring the perception of reality and the myriad possible variations of its construction, Magic Valley presents a unique vision of humanity, destabilising audience expectations through a hyper-sensitive, delicate relationship between movement and sound.
MAYA M. CARROLL choreographer, dancer and teacher, born in Haifa, Israel, currently living in Berlin. Maya danced in Batsheva-Ensemble Dance Company in Israel (2000-2003). Since 2003 Maya has been active throughout Europe in the projects of others such as Lara Barsaq, Sasha Waltz and Arkadi Zaides, and with her own work. Magic Valley is her tenth collaboration with composer / musician Roy Carroll.
SANDRA LOLAX born in Vaasa, Finland. Studied at Kuula-institute in Vaasa and Balettakademien in Stockholm. Today she is working freelance as an artist throughout Europe. Sandra has worked as a dancer with choreographers such as Carl Knif, Mia Malviniemi, Stina Nyberg, Rosalind Goldberg, Marcela Donato, Deborah Hay and Anne Mareike Hess. Together with Stina Nyberg and Rosalind Goldberg, Sandra is an initiator of Weapons of Mass Production, a project about finding new methods of creating dance and choreography.
ROY CARROLL composer / performer, born in Dublin currently living in Berlin. He holds an M-Phil in electronic music from Trinity College Dublin. Roy provokes kinetic / acoustic interactions between loudspeakers, salvaged materials and a self-designed digital sampler. He has collaborated extensively with choreographer Maya Lipsker, and is currently working on commissions for Icebreaker, classical guitarist Ben Dwyer, the Dublin Guitar Quartet, and Prey Woodwind Trio. He has received numerous awards and grants including Composer’s Bursaries, Project Awards and Commissions from The Arts Council of Ireland.
SARAH MARGUIER studied costume and art at Les Arts décos of Paris for four years. Through an exchange program she studied at The School Art Institute of Chicago. Her work focuses on the concept of reused materials, the traces and souvenirs left by objects, and the creative freedom that is found in organic forms and the life around them. Worked as a costume designer for Redmoon Theater. Created her own piece Dead Family, which performed at the Quay Branly museum in Paris.
Cast & Credits
Choreography: Maya M. Carroll
With: Maya M. Carroll, Sandra Lolax and Roy Carroll
Music / Sound Preparations: Roy Carroll
Costumes / Stage: Sarah Marguier
Public Relations: Doreen Markert – enthusiastic encounters
A production by Maya M. Carroll in co-production with LOFFT Leipzig.
Sponsored by the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony and the City of Leipzig, Kulturamt.
Thanks to Nele-Ana Riepl, Renate Graziadei & Arthur Stäldi (Laboratory Grass), DOCK 11, Melissa Cisneros, Doreen Markert, Asier Solana, The Tyrone Guthrie Center, Alexander Frangenheim, Maeshelle West Davies
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):