Let them be helpless like children,
because weakness is a great thing, and strength is nothing.
When a man is just born, he is weak and flexible,
when he dies, he is hard and insensitive.
When a tree is growing, it is tender and pliant,
but when it’s dry and hard, it dies.
Hardness and strength are death’s companions.
Pliancy and weakness are expressions of the freshness of being.
Because what has hardened will never win.
„Stalker”, Andriej Tarkowski
Would you really want your deepest longings to come true?
In Stalking Paradise, the Estonian/Norwegian choreographer,Roosna and Flak duo,investigate the difficulties of belief together with the dancers of Lublin Dance Theatre. What do we believe? Why do we believe what we do? How hard is it really for different beliefs to coexist?
In the performance different elements of faith are explored and questioned through movement, sounds and texts: dogmatism, flow, change, stability, adaptability. On which basis do we make our decisions? Do we act to satisfy the group norm, or do we act from a genuine individual conviction? How can we know the difference between the two—is there even a fundamental difference?
- concept and choreography
- Külli Roosna, Kenneth Flak
- Beata Mysiak, Anna Żak , Ryszard Kalinowski, Wojciech Kaproń/ Lubelski Teatr Tańca, Aleksandra Łaba, Wojciech Łaba/ Pracownia Fizyczna
- music and video
- Kenneth Flak
- Grzegorz Polak
- sound production
- Dariusz Kociński
- 60 min
- Centre for Culture in Lublin, Institute of Music and Dance
- The production of “Stalking Paradise” was possible thanks to the support of the Institute of Music and Dance as part of the Choreographic Commissions programme
- (…) In the hypnotic finale of the performance –surrounded by clouds and sublime, unnerving sounds –bodies of dancers stacked in a pile are waking up, emerging as one being, which is traversing the stage in a slow walk, marking a trace of a traveled road with figures frozen in half steps (…)
- Grzegorz Kondrasiuk, e-teatr.pl
- (…) Aside from all those reflections, “Stalking paradise” is simply a stunning spectacle. With excellently arranged set, evoking associations of Plato’s cave, very good light and sound quality. But what is most important, it’sa great choreography, fantastically performed by the entire group of performers (…)
- Andrzej Z. Kowalczyk, Lublin Courier