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
Kat Válastur, is currently one of the most exciting choreographers in the Berlin dance scene. She is always able to combine the archaic and contemporary elements. In the cycle "Oh! Deep Sea - Corpus I - IV", inspired by Homer's"Odyssey" Válastur did not approach the famous epic in a narrative way, but interpreted in a minimalistic and abstract choreography having the body to wander through space and time. The choreographer, however, does not only dive into old myths, but she also reflects through her works the social conditions of our times. With the new dance piece "OILinity", she is now closing the trilogy "The marginal Sculptures of NEWtopia”.
Wenn der Sprit ausgeht, Sandra Lucina (2016), tagesspiegel.de
…OILinity is a fascinating-enigmatic, bizarre-fantastic radiant world, that only a few among Berlin’s dance artists are able to create.
Kat Válastur: "OILinity", Frank Schmid (2016), kulturradio.de
…Válastur has a close proximity to the codes of visual art. She developed her work series "The Marginal Sculptures of Newtopia", as a scholarship holder at the Institute for Raüm Experimente under the direction of Ólafur Elíasson. Above all, Válastur is a master in the development of an as abstract and distinctive dance language…
Schmierstoff mit Schnappbewegungen, Astrid Kaminsky (2016), taz.de
…Válastur, Greek and Berlin based was involved as choreographer in 2015 in the opening of the first "Eurogames" in Baku, Azerbaijan - the center of oil production at the Caspian seaThe industry paid to present Europe with a show, in which man demonstrates his muscular power and body technique, This can be called a contradiction, for Kat Válastur it is camouflage. Oil is promoted, and the opposite, sports. The dancers clothed in camouflage, fuse again and again with them. To become art itself, fabric art, plastic, as poured in oil.
oilinity, Arnd Wesemann (2016), Tanz, Seite 4