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Atlas Revisited

performance
#MadeInBxl
09—10.02.2017

A dance about freedom

In 2012 the visual artist Karthik Pandian and the choreographer Andros Zins-Browne visited the Atlas Film Studios in the Ouarzazate desert (Morocco). They rented a group of camels, which they tried to coax into dancing in amongst the film sets of old Hollywood productions. The result could be seen in the video Atlas/Inserts (2014).

With Atlas Revisited, the artists take a look back at this quest for an image of freedom, questioning their motives and attempting to probe deeper. They present brand new video material, shot in front of a green screen using expensive American camels. Was Atlas/Inserts actually staged by projecting these camels onto background images from Morocco? Pandian and Zins-Browne show the making, unmaking and re-staging of a dance about freedom – and the deception that is often required when creating images of it.

• Andros Zins-Browne was born in New York. He came to Brussels to study at P.A.R.T.S. In 2008 he presented Second Life, his first evening-length performance. After this came Welcome to the Jungle (2013), The Lac of Signs (2014) and The Middle Ages (2015). This season, he also presents three evenings of Atlas Insights.

concept/direction Karthik Pandian & Andros Zins-Browne | production The Great Indoors (Brussels),Hiros (Brussels) | co-production Kaaitheater (Brussels), EMPAC (Troy, NY), Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk) | with the support of the Flemish Community Commission, Black Cinema House (Chicago), Vooruit (Ghent), Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek (Brussels) | in the context of DNA (Departures and Arrivals European Project)

DURATION : 60 min.
KAAITHEATER CO-PRODUCTION
BELGIAN PREMIERE