Animal Lost

Choreography: Oded Graf and Yossi Berg
Creating Performers:
Julia Giertz, Siri Wolthoorn, Soren Linding Urup, Pierre Enaux, Oded Graf, and Yossi Berg
Dramaturgy: Carmen Mehnert
Music: Markus Pesonen, Rachid Taha, This Mortal Coil
Lighting Design: Antonio Rodriques-Andersen
Costumes: Mona Moller Schmidt

Co-production: Yossi Berg and Oded Graf; Dansescenen Theater, Copenhagen, Denmark. With the support of Augustinus Fonden, Nordea Fonden, Statens Kunstrads Scenekunstudvalg, and the Danish Arts Council.

Tours France (Montpellier, Paris), the U.K. (London), the U.S. (North Carolina), Sweden (Stockholm), Switzerland (Lausanne, Basel, Chur, St. Gallen), Germany (Bremen), Czech Republic (Prague), Denmark (Copenhagen, Aarhus), Serbia (Belgrade), Israel (Tel Aviv), Lithuania (Kaunas).

“How would you define yourselves in three sentences?” The creative process of Animal Lost started with this question and with an exploration of stereotypes, misperceptions, and social clichés. The work raises questions about cultural and social differences and about the universality of repression, sexuality, fantasies, and the individual’s needs. Animal Lost deals with our flexibility and ability to redefine ourselves over and over. The performers shift between illusions and reality, trying to wake the animal inside of them.

From the press:

“It is so deeply vital and tragicomic…Six dancers wiggle into extreme technical perfection. Broken, beaten, kissing and flirting, longing for love gasping for something as wilting flowers for water…and there seems to be sadness, joy, laughter and crying underway. It is precisely the great force in ANIMAL LOST that dance shows how close the emotions are to each other. Are we really going back in evolution? See ANIMAL LOST, get entertained and find the answer”
Marie Brakchi, TerpsiChore

Animal Lost with its expansive gestures and energetic movements is a thought-provoking piece that serves as a big step forward for the choreographers.  In this piece they introduce an innovative language with deep and meaningful nuances…Excellent solo performance…Moving, even painful singing…” Zvi Goren, Habama

“A colorful, imaginative and above all crazy humorous piece…Just sit back and be overwhelmed by the beautiful choreography and talented dancers…”
Benjamin Enzenberg, Byenkalder.dk

Tech:
6 dancers Duration: 60 min Premiere: 2010

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