The collaborative dance piece will see Languet’s company Danses en l’R, from Reunion Island, and FATC, from South Africa, bring yet another striking and socially conscious story to the stage with Somewhere, Out There, Life Was Screaming
“What I’ve always been interested in, is to see and account for how each individual determines his or her self in everyday life; how he establishes himself vis-à-vis to other people, different people, the norm, or abnormality. What does it mean for him or her to be integrated in a group? I like to combine people with different technical, cultural and physical backgrounds or personal histories and see how their stories will be told during the moment of this encounter,” says Languet.
Since its inception, in 1995, FATC has enjoyed an extremely busy and prolific career. They have been instrumental in collaborating with an extensive number of South Africa’s leading contemporary dance professionals, and now the company can add Reunion Island’s Danses en I’R to the list of impressive partnerships.
FATC and its collaborative artists are repeatedly recognised for their excellence in the field of contemporary South African choreography and performance through numerous awards and nominations. Best known for its thought provoking dance pieces depicting personal and social issues, FATC has been referred to as a leading voice in the emergence of the new South African 'protest/struggle' theatre. FATC has also presented works abroad bringing audiences to their feet in countries as far afield as Russia, Holland and Mexico, to name some.
Languet founded Danses en l’R in 1998 on Reunion Island after enjoying recognition as a performer and choreographer in the New Zealand Royal Ballet, the Meryl Tankard Australian Dance Theatre and Lloyd Newson’s DV8 Physical Theatre. Fuelled by a deep fascination for the human race and their challenges in determining themselves as individuals in their daily lives, Languet decided to invest his energy in the territory in which he had grown up.
Known for its unrestrained style of physical theatre – often closely linked to farce – Danses en I’R in collaboration with FATC will have audiences holding their breath at the riveting and often intense scenes in Somewhere, Out There, Life Was Screaming
. Languet explains, “The ideas I want to approach in this piece are the impacts and the perverse effects of a market driven, ultra liberal ideology, on the body of each individual. Pushing this logic to an extreme, if everything has to be managed like a business, we can say that any human activity can be reduced to accounting data. The body itself could be reduced to such data.”
To bring this complex, contemporary production to life, Languet has joined forces with FATC choreographer PJ Sabbagha and together they have brought on board exciting digital artist Elie Blanchard alias 'Yro' who will provide multimedia aspects to the piece. The collaboration will be taken even further as two dancers from Danses en I’R and four from FATC translate the story into dance.Somewhere, Out There, Life Was Screaming
will be staged in Johannesburg at the Wits Theatre as part of the Drama for Life Festival
from Wednesday, 22 August to Saturday, 25 August. The show starts at 19:00 on the Wednesday, at 19:30 on Thursday, 20:00 on Friday and at 14h00 on Saturday. From there it will come to life again in Durban at the Jomba Contemporary Dance Experience
from 7 to 9 September.
Tickets prices are R50 for the public and R20 for students. Tickets will be on sale at the door or online at www.strictlytickets.com
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