articulations is a contemporary solo creation featuring performance artist Elena Lydia Kreusch. The piece is conceived for frontal theatre stages and is aimed at adult audiences (14+). The creation is currently in its initial stages, with research to be conducted during several residencies in 2018/19.
Creator/Performer: Elena Lydia Kreusch (DE)
Producer: Squarehead Productions Ltd.
Co-Producer: KreativKultur, Vienna (AT)
Artistic Advisors: Alex Zampini (IT), Ana Jordão (PRT), Darragh McLoughlin (IRL), Kalle Nio (FI)
Residencies: Arbeitsplatz (AT), Café de las Artes Teatro (ES), Katapult (DE), WHS Teatteri Union(FI)
Using a video (live) stream, the performer conducts a self exploration of her body and its physical limitations — oscillating between intimacy and dissociation.
Drawing on the virtuosity of circus and dance, the liveness and realness of performance art, and the inherent violence of martial arts, the artist develops a physical language incorporating elements of risk, extreme physicality and contorted postures.
Making use of the the screen's ability to betray the eye and (re)frame the body, a subtle play with editing, delays and special effects is used to gradually blur the lines between reality and distortion.
The piece does not follow a narrative, but rather functions through the compositional logic of a collage. Transitioning from one state to the next, different qualities of physicality simultaneously emerge on stage and on the screen. The live performance and video installation merge into abstract bodyscapes in order to challenge the audience’s perceptions of physical presence and of their own affective responses.