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Saskia Hölbling
JOURS BLANCS

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Ort: Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, Centre Dramatique National / Montreuil (Salle Maria Casarès)

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After “exposition corps”, “superposition corps” and “Your body is the shoreline”, three pieces that exposed the body in its raw being and states, Saskia Hölbling intends to put her body in a context. It might be a country – Austria; it could be a city, or an apartment again. It could be anywhere – but the pressure of this environment spreads the feeling of constricting the body, the sex, the emotions.

 

In “Jours Blancs” the flat space is a trap, which may very well hide repulsion, and where everyday gestures are undermined by desire, fear and frustration. The feminine body isn’t there as a figure, nor an image, it’s embodying nothing, but a question: it questions and unites desire, pain and anger.

 

She positions herself in an everyday environment that becomes stranger and stranger. Is it her own apartment, or someone else’s - her own body, or someone else’s? It is a place without memory, without individuality, where each gesture creates friction with the next one, where each everyday object may give rise to a fear or an obsession. Her blinded body, impenetrable, clashes with the gaze of the audience, which is trying to penetrate this space. Clashing paths and genres, which may give rise to anguish, laughter, violence or tenderness.

 

The origin of the discomfort remains impossible to name: the spectator is confronted with a series of consequences, of entanglements – a repetition that degenerates, a virus that propagates itself from the space to the objects and from the objects on the body. Through this woman, who would like to make herself a protective covering. Saskia Hölbling exposes the process that results in a body that is left as an alien shell for itself – giving us a filigree key for understanding our possible relationship with desire, pain and anger.

 

Text by Gilles Amalvi

 

Credits

conception, choreography, dance: Saskia Hölbling, music: Heinz Ditsch, lighting, technical direction: Krisha, video: Doron Goldfarb, artistic advice: Gilles Amalvi, video: Peter A. Egger. A DANS.KIAS production. Co-produced by the Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis and supported by the Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté à Belfort in the framework of a residency. DANS.KIAS is supported by the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna.

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