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ESZTER SALOMON - MONUMENT 0.4: Lores & Praxes (a ritual of transformation)

don 22/06/2017 > zon 02/07/2017

By embodying and transforming war dances and dances of resistance, Lores & Praxes brings into question our collective imagination and our imagination of the collective.
Performers coming from Costa Rica, Belgium, France, England, Hungary, Lithuania, Netherlands, Singapore, and South Africa indulge in a physical and vocal journey defined by other expressive paradigms than the ones they are experts of. Without any promise of the authentic they engage in a praxis of empathy leaving behind historical logics of exclusion built on the notions of ‘identity’ and ‘difference’.
Focusing on dancing rituals from Asia, Africa, South America, and the Middle-East, that are regional and originate from times before the creation of nation states, Lores & Praxes interrogates categorizations such as national identity. Furthermore, it counteracts the dominant tendencies of valuation in the circulation of knowledge by allowing them to get caught in the complex interspaces between performers and their individual experiences and reflections.
While remaining an anti-monument, Lores & Praxes celebrates the common and the sharable.

Artistic direction: Eszter Salamon
Artistic collaboration: Boglárka Börcsök
Developed with and performed by: Liza Baliasnaja, Sidney Barnes, Mario Barrantes Espinoza, Boglárka Börcsök, Nicolas Coutsier, Stefan Govaart, Cherish Menzo, Sara Tan, Louise Tanoto, Tiran Willemse
Production: Elodie Perrin / Studio E.S., Alexandra Wellensiek / Botschaft GbR.
Coproduction: Internationales Sommerfestival Kampnagel (Hamburg) in Kooperation mit dem Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin) in Kooperation mit KINDL Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels)
With the support of: the Regional Directory of Cultural Affairs of Paris – Ministry of Culture and Communication and the Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek