Misty summer morning, Glitch and Copper Key are walking towards Digital Park. They are friends. It’s 2101. The world has been flooded, and yes, that has challenged the urban architecture, As they pass the door of the social wellness facility, the »Safety, Sanity, and Security« sign flashes, and a vague memory pops up: they remember that they don’t remember. Caught in an autocratic virtual world that feeds them with synthetic fries, they wonder how long they can continue to adapt. Will they succeed to hack the future?
This dance performance by Cécile Bally and Emma Tricard is based on a science-fiction novella that was written collectively with various groups in Kortrijk, Aix-en-Provence, Santiago de Chile, Reims, and Berlin. Drawing from issues affecting each of these local communities, the piece became a political thriller, delving into questions of survival in autocratic (virtual) worlds and ecological collapse.
The trilingual publication of the novella "The Flood | Die Ausschreitung | Le Débordement" was written in co-authorship with Clay A.D.
*touring performances can be accompanied by a Sci-Fi writing workshop in which local communities articulate their visions of their city’s future. Elements from the local participants’ visions are then integrated into the live performance.
Choreography, Performance, Scenography: Emma Tricard & Cécile Bally | Sound design: Niels Bovri | Author: Clay A.D. | Light Design: Claire Terrien | Costume & Props Design: Sara Wendt | Outside-eye: Asaf Aharonson, Tabea Xenia Magyar | Production Management, Public Relations: Frauke Niemann (D), Louise Vantalon (F)
A production by Cécile Bally and Association Vague Aventure. Co-produced by 3 bis f - centre d'arts contemporains d’intérêt national - Aix en Provence, Manège Scène Nationale - Reims, Fonds Transfabrik, German-French Fund for Performing Arts and RESONANCIAS Goethe Institut + Institut Français Chile. With support of Ballhaus Ost - Berlin, kunstencentrum BUDA - Kortrijk and NAVE - Santiago. Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds
"Cécile Bally and Emma Tricard create a dystopian future scenario dominated by an omnipresent power and its synthetic fries, and speculate on how we can hack it."
"The linguistic sequences that follow reinforce the eerie feeling that something refuses to be captured, something that casts shadows, that haunts and communicates in ciphers. In a jumble of German, English and French, Bally and Tricard speak about that which is absent, that which eludes, yet is present —neither dead nor alive".
—Jette Büchsenschütz for tanzschreiber
"It begs the question, isn't what we call dystopia really the nightmare that makes us wake up to the conditions that our present imposes? Something of this … is also emerging in the investigation that Cécile Bally and Emma Tricard have been doing for some time."
"Maybe we can provoke something to open, a renewing intensity in the collaborative action that Cécile and Emma propose to us."
—Pedro Donoso, Goethe Institute Chile