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The Sadness

Program text


Austrian premiere

There’s not much left of the world anymore. At least the birds are still chirping from a recording. Three performers hang out on a heap of soil. Later they will mimic dances from the Internet and grab for microphones and sound-generating tablets. The thin voices rendered with diverse distortion effects herald a diffuse pain. Only the rumbling massive bass warms what was once called a soul. In this techno shamanist ritual, sadness is not a matter of the individual but a collective act. A choreographed lament unfolds about an uneasy present, a variant of live-arranged rap music in an introverted performance infused with vulnerabilities, which accesses the dark side of narcissism: the addiction to stimulating substances, the craving for numbness, the melancholy of youth, the solitude in the web.

Concept, direction, video, laser: Ula Sickle
Lyrics, concept, performance: Sidney Barnes, Ashley Morgan, Amber Vanluffelen (originally with Camilo Mejía Cortés)
Sound design: L. Sue | light design: Ryoya Fudetani | sound engineering: Noé Voisard | video engineering: Tim Wouters | Costume: Sabrina Seifried
Language: English

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