In stepping through the mirror, the spectators, having become actors, find themselves confronted with the inversion of the rules of the game. Like their original – Velázquez’s famous painting from 1656 – Las Meninas (The Maids of Honour) call the prevailing conventions into question. The dimensions of the real, the imagined, the virtual and the visible all centre on the question: Who is observing whom?
A tragic-comic role play that subverts the spatial dispositif of performance as much as scenic arrangements inasmuch as the body becomes the site of all conflicts. Filmed, cut, fragmented, the body appears as an accumulation of details that never manages to become a whole. And what if the obvious deconstruction in Las Meninas was a form to call the model itself into question?
CONCEPT / CHOREOGRAPHY: Elisabeth B. Tambwe
DANCE / PERFORMANCE: Elisabeth Tambwe and Guest
DRAMATURGY: Johannes Maile
SZENOGRAPHY: Grégory Crapet
LIGHT: Martin Schwab
VIDEO / SOUNDDESIGN: Nicolas Spencer
TECHNICAL ASSISTANT AND VIDEO MAPPING: Eduardo Triviño
GUEST PERFORMER: Adriana Cubides, Sebastian Gec, Gregory Crapet, Pierre E. Finzi
MOVEMENT RESEARCH / THEORY RESEARCH: Adriana Cubides & Benoît Jouan
TEXT: Pierre-Emmanuel Finzi, Benoît Jouan
COSTUME/PHOTO: Stefan Roehrle
MITARBEIT KOSTÜM: Goran Bugaric
CONSULTING CULTURAL MANAGEMENT: Claire Granier
PHOTOS: ©Edith Touré
PRODUCTION: Dig Up Productions
SUPPORTED BY: MA7 Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien, Bundeskanzleramt Kunst/Kultur
CO-PRODUCTION: Tanzquartier Wien.