Liquid Loft

Krems Dominikanerkirche Dominikanerkirche

Church of Ignorance

Program text

World Premiere

In Church of Ignorance the imposing Dominikanerkirche is temporarily turned into a marketplace of wild languages, a kind of walk-in performative Library of Babel. Initially the body is, in this game, only „Corpus“ – a reservoir of slangs and dialects from all over Europe. Because the body, so the popular thesis, doesn’t lie; it serves us, in this sense, as sensorium, as transcriber of unknown sounds and noises.   

The words being used in the liturgy of the Church of Ignorance are hard to understand, but the signs of the bodies, the results of the momentary, unrepeatable nature of gestural and facial communication are clearly decipherable. Liquid Loft’s performers carry with them acoustic traces of foreign tongues, creatures and spaces. They call up soundtrack sequences, which they rework , modulate and complement through dance. What, at first, appears to be a Babel of tongues, gets transformed through granular- and microsampling techniques, into a form of communication that surpasses its purely verbal meaning. Questions of identity are negotiated as mantras, faces veiled, bodies artificially extended. The manifold linguistic sculptures produce figures, which transcend into amorphous beings. Between the erratic flow of syllables and the Esperanto of the language of movement emerge choreographic tilted images and spiritual association-spaces.

For at the end of the anthropocene, when man will finally acknowledge that he failed the world, perspectives need to be newly adjusted, including (and especially) those of communication. Church of Ignorance is the utopian promise of evading the catastrophy, perhaps even to learn to resolve the contradictions of the post-modern world step by step and get a grip on its immense complexity.

Church of Ignorance is a part of the project-series Foreign Tongues. Liquid Loft explore the complex interactions between verbal messages and their physical concomitants. Foreign Tongues approaches, with the vocabulary of body language, the often contradictory forms of communication. Starting point for the various performances are language recordings, which were produced as part of personal interviews in different regions of Europe.

Translation from German: Oliver Stummer 

Sat, 28.04.                          Performances

15.00 – 19.00                     15.30 – 16.30 & 17.30 – 18.30

Sun, 29.04.                         Performances

15.00 – 19.00                     15.30 – 16.30 & 17.30 – 18.30


Coproduction: donaufestival (AT), Lân fan taal / Explore the North (NL) and Liquid Loft

Dance, Choreography: Luke Baio, Dong Uk Kim, Katharina Meves, Dante Murillo, Anna Maria Nowak, Arttu Palmio, Karin Pauer, Hannah Timbrell
Artistic Direction, Choreography: Chris Haring
Composition, Sound: Andreas Berger
Light Design, Scenography: Thomas Jelinek
Choreographic Assistance: Stephanie Cumming
Costumes: Stefan Röhrle 
Libretto: Aldo Giannotti
Program Texts: Stefan Grissemann, Thomas Edlinger
Dramaturgical Councelling: Arne Forke 
Set Design Advice: Aoibheann Greenan
International Positioning: APROPIC (Line Rousseau, Marion Gauvent)
Stage Management: Roman Harrer
Photo- and Videodocumentation: Michael Loizenbauer
Production Coordination: Christina Helena Romirer
Company Management: Marlies Pucher

Thanks for friendly support to: Nordbahn-Halle

Liquid Loft is supported by: MA7 Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien (Cultural Department of the City of Vienna) and BKA Bundeskanzleramt Kunst & Kultur (Austrian Federal Chancellery Arts & Culture)

Church of Ignorance is part of the Foreign Tongues projects:

Foreign Tongues, an IN SITU Pilot project, has received a creation aid under the ACT project, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Co-produced by: Atelier 231 (FR), Festival di Terni (IT), Freedom Festival (UK), La Strada Graz (AT), Lieux publics (FR), Norfolk & Norwich Festival (UK), Østfold kulturutvikling (NO), Oerol Festival (NL), Theater op de Markt (BE) and UZ Arts (UK).

CDC Toulouse (FR), Dublin Dance Festival (IR), Tanz.Ist Dornbirn (AT), Opera Estate Festival Bassano del Grappa (I), DansBrabant (NL).   

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