Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods

Built to Last

Built to Last
Built to Last

04.10 – 06.10.2012

In Built to Last, Meg Stuart confronts five performers with overwhelming classical and contemporary music. Almost each one of these compositions has influenced music history in a significant way, both on the level of technique and content. These works represent important changes in mankind‘s relation towards ideals and utopias, and the vulnerable instability of humanity. The dancers and actors act and react driven by the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff, Ludwig von Beethoven, Iannis Xenakis, Meredith Monk and  Arnold Schoenberg, among others. As if being carried away by a time-machine, they are forced to deal with constantly changing situations and states of consciousness. The journey made on stage can’t be described in any logical way. Nevertheless, the encounter of the performers with the music gradually exposes a glimpse of the „condition humaine“ or a trace of man‘s secret desires.

Meg Stuart
: "The expression 'buit to
last' betrays a believe in eternal values, heroism and universality. How
can we cope today with the expression of such self-confidence? We feel
the urge to continue reinventing ourselves. We have to move forward.
Many things are designed to break after a short time. There is also the
sense of an approaching end. Everyone is privately preparing for it. It
is sad, but that's the way it is. Maybe Built to Last is about how, in
the light of eternity, we can practice taking our leave."

choreography Meg Stuart | created with and performed by Dragana Bulut, Davis Freeman, Anja Müller, Maria F. Scaroni, Kristof Van Boven | dramaturgy Bart Van den Eynde, Jeroen Versteele | music dramaturgy Alain Franco | sound design Kassian Troyer | scenography Doris Dziersk | costumes Nadine Grellinger | light Jürgen Tulzer, Frank Laubenheimer | video Philipp Hochleichter | sound Roy Carroll | production manager Eline Verzelen | technical director Oliver Houttekiet | assistant choreography Ana Rocha | assistant scenography Anna Hentschel | assistant costumes Ann-Kristin Danzinger | intern dramaturgy Carlotta Scioldo | special thanks Lena Lauzemis | production Damaged Goods (Brussels) and Münchner Kammerspiele (Munich) | support  the Flemish authorities and the Flemish Community Commission

Presented in the context of House on Fire, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union