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Highlights: Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Zurich, Switzerland)

Highlights from the  Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Zurich, Switzerland)
August 13 – 30, 2009

Lola Arias
Mi vida después

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What was my country like when I was born? What was my parents’ generation like? And what about my own generation? Such questions assume a different importance when addressed by author and playwright Lola Arias and the protagonists of «Mi vida después» (My life after). Lola Arias was born in Buenos Aires in 1976, the year the military rose to power in Argentina. Her actors are all about the same age. On the basis of childhood memories, family pictures, letters and old clothes, the sons and daughters of guerrilleros, news readers, members of the secret police, priests and exiled intellectuals examine the past in order to learn something about the future. «Mi vida después» is a multi-layered kaleidoscope of individual memories and political reality and impressively bridges the gap between personal and national history.

Yasmeen Godder Company
Singular Sensation

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Ever since she won the prestigious Bessie Award in 2001, Yasmeen Godder has been considered as one of the most talented and promising of contemporary choreographers. Her creations are hard-edged and provocative. They show people in times of war and violence. In her latest work, «Singular Sensation», the Israeli artist investigates the numbing effects of sensual and sensory overload on human beings. A challenging performance well worth one’s while.

Bruno Beltrão

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The dance world has been waiting for someone like him», a German critic wrote and the Süddeutsche compares his impact on dance with that of William Forsythe. The 29-year-old Brazilian Bruno Beltrão is indeed an outstanding choreographic talent who has opened up new dimensions of dance. He and his company Grupo de Rua are well-known stars in Brazil’s hip hop scene. Over the years, Beltrão has deconstructed, defamiliarized and redefined this street dance and created a unique, powerful and awkwardly beautiful language of movement. In «H3», which premiered at the Kunstenfestivaldesart in Brussels, he takes things a step further and moves away from the hip hop philosophy of solo dance. The performers no longer «compete» but find intense and fragile moments of dancing with each other.

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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.
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