The Lac of Signs
Swan lake as a hologram
In modern dance, narrative and fiction are unacceptable. It is thought they distract viewers from the real, from the materiality of the body etc. But aren’t we throwing out the baby with the bathwater? Perhaps storytelling could help us to cope with the complexity of life? With these questions in mind, choreographer Andros Zins-Browne and dancer Chrysa Parkinson created The Lac of Signs, a reinterpretation of Swan Lake (Le Lac des Cygnes).
Zins-Browne multiplies the storyline and reduces the storytellers to one body. The libretto is shaped by ignorant narrators, unauthorised characters and misleading Google searches. In this search the original story is present only implicitly. The final result is a holographic installation of a speaking, physical body that gradually disappears into its virtual double.
Concept & choreography Andros Zins-Browne | created with and performed by Chrysa Parkinson | artistic assistance Sandra Iché | video and lighting design Wim Temmerman | sound design Peter Lenaerts | technique Geert Saman, Peter De Goy | costumes Ada Rajszys | production wpZimmer (Antwerp) | co-production Atalante (Gothenburg), Dansstationen (Malmö), MDT (Stockholm), HAU (Berlin), Kaaitheater (Brussels) | supported by Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, the city of Antwerp, Departs & the Culture Program of the European Commission, ActOral (Marseille)
A House On Fire Project, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union