Kat Válastur’s new production in 2016 is a choreographic essay on crude oil dependence by Western societies. The Berlin choreographer places three dancers into an adventurous game called “OILinity”, letting them wander through a landscape animated by petroleum, and situated in a sculptural obstacle course. Its core is the “spinning melancholy”, a cylindrical object that has nothing more in mind than preserving its own system.
With forceful movements, meticulous choreography, and black humour, “OILinity” confronts the audience with a dance work that reveals the hidden human traits as well as those of petroleum, finding a vocabulary of movement in which forces and speeds culminate in the crude beauty of dripping oil.
Concept and choreography: Kat Válastur
Performed by: Nitsan Margaliot, Enrico Ticconi, Marysia Zimpel/ Dramaturgy: Thomas Schaupp/ Lighting Design and Technical Direction: Martin Beeretz/ Sculptures & Sound: Filippos Kavakas/ Set Design: Laila Rosato/ Costume Design: Lydia Sonderegger/ Still Photography: Dorothea Tuch/ PR & Marketing: Björn Frers/ Production Manager: Katja Timmerberg/ Production: Kat Válastur/ Coproduction: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Théâtre de Nîmes/ Supported by the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa and Fonds Darstellende Künste E.V.