With Rasp Your Soul, Kat Válastur introduces the series “The Staggered Dances of Beauty” in which she reevaluates the production of mythology as a tool to process contemporary questions. The performer in Rasp Your Soul enacts a some sort of a contemporary mythological being. Inside an uncanny environment he unleashes a series of kinetic monuments as altered codes of processed cultural signs. Ruins of language from capitalist digital culture transform into mantras that initiate precarious gestures, fading slang whispers, voice interruptions, molecular kinetics. We encounter elusive identities expressing different types of realness. The space becomes a field of tension between language and the visual connotations of fluid complex demands and input from the outside.
Rasp Your Soul partly a dance piece, partly a choreographed concert, is a manifestation of the elusive. It builds up the narrative of a post-mythological space in which a humanoid with a “sensitive skin” makes us think about our flesh and bones.
Concept, Choreography, Script and Articulations: Kat Válastur/ Performance: Enrico Ticconi/ Set design and Sculpture: Leon Eixenberger/ Light Design and Light Objects: Martin Beeretz/ Sound Design / Music: Bryan Eubanks/ Additional Sound:Kat Válastur/ Choreographer’s and Production’s Assistance: Giulia Amici/ Costume: Kat Válastur/ Costume Assistance: Sofia Vannini/Press and Production: björn & björn/ Touring and Distribution HAU Hebbel am Ufer: Nicole Schuchardt
Production: Kat Válastur/ Coproduction: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Onassis Cultural Foundation, Theater Freiburg, Kunstencentrum STUK Leuven, Stichting Châtel sur Place Amsterdam/ Funded by: Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NET (NPN)/ Coproduction funding dance supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media/ With the support of: TATWERK | Performative Forschung, Uferstudios, Tanzfabrik Berlin and ada Studio/ Presented in the context of [DNA] Departures and Arrivals with support by Culture Programme of the European Union
"Creating fictional force fields is elementary in the work of Kat Válastur. How the Berlin based choreographer succeeds to create a highly crafted and subtle outcome though the interplay of sound, light, stage design and choreography is hard to describe. In Rasp your Soul Enrico Ticconi’s powerful performance, we sense every cell of his body to be flooded with the cultural garbage of our digital world, causing strange outbursts that turn him into a cliché of a sex-toy, a narcissus or a wild animal."
Michaela Schlagenwerth (2018), Taz
"The greek choreographer has not only developed a unique and personal form language, she also works on contemporary social questions. In "Rasp Your soul" she investigates how a digital surrounding influences an analogue body... (Enrico Tricconi performs) a phantasmic creature in a sensual pose... Kat Valastur works expertly with the technological expansion of the body to get to new forms of expression and to show the flaring of existence."
Der Wolf in uns, Sandra Luzina (2018), Tagespiegel
"For the upbeat of her new work series "The staggered dances of beauty" Kat Valastur creates a liberating experience... In Kat Valastur’s words it is a Solo for a "Humanoid with a sensitive Skin"... She exposes this body like a vast gap between human and art."
Arn Wesemann (2018), Tanz Magazine