Previously on Majestiny
Majestiny is a made-for-stage, TV mini-series that paints mosaics of cultural reference to delineate and destabilize normative societal notions of race, gender, beauty, intellect and power. Previously on Majestiny exists as a recapitulation of events from Episode 4: The Quest for Inauthentic Form, which focuses on the problematic nature of contemporary art's obsession with authenticity.
Things that you do when you do things that you do when things that you do do things that when you do things you do the things that you do to the things that one does things to.
Scheme Arrangements is a solo for three and 74 objects, where the objects organise themselves around bodies and the bodies organise themselves around objects. It could all be waste from the junk yard, someone’s belongings left behind, things from your cupboard, from your slaughtered brother or things that we stole. The stage becomes a drifting space where the bodies and the objects push each other into different forms and constellations, and where they constantly need to adapt to new relations. Fragmented as well as together, these body-objects and object-bodies move to infiltrate each other and present themselves as scenarios of theatre and sculpture.
How does this random collection of objects become specific, how can these fragments of movements/objects/bodies stumble upon each other and create moments of seeming wholeness? Scheme Arrangements moves between banalities and meaning, between stable bodies and restless ones, through a space of different images.
The Eternity Ship Question
A. (Stage lights turn on, a crack of thunder can be heard over the speakers. A is lying on stage and announces with the deep tremulous voice of a circus ringmaster) "Henry! Merce is coming!"
B. (B appears onstage with a champagne glass and an oversize strut. B speaks with an undetectable accent nearing what could appear as sophisticated) : "Hello dear, I came from the center of… yes, you guessed it right. The center of the belly button where we cultivate the most precious wines and cheeses"
C. (C runs onstage and throws a head of lettuce. C begins to comment on the lettuce toss.): "Nenfsoè shofbs dfgzsvf svs uudgfuoisasssss.....HUSTLE." (said with effortless cocktail of a smile mixing love, trust, fear, and gusto)
Things do or do not wrap themselves up...
A potentially infinite practice of writing 5-minute-plays culminates in a multidimensional space culled between the group's collective conscious and unconscious. Everything was made full-organed in desperation and quick, slick fervor. At many points, a question raised it's head: what is it to be part of one's time? Nonetheless, why not attempting to be fearless in the face of the anxiety of the unknown?
Get out of the blue
This solo unfolds a quest for one’s self- empowerment through the staging of 12 rounds, based on the conventions of a boxing match.
The spectator is drawn to that incongruous match, and follows the soloist’s repeated attempts to increase her own potential in an enclosed world. When do we surrender in order to keep fighting? Can one change the rules by playing the game? Those are the questions explored while the performer wrestles with her thoughts on stage:
"How do I get to finish the show? And I’m not talking about outdoing one self, like the legendary Rocky Balboa. I mean going for the end of it. Simple, you think? Let’s gamble. In the ring I’ll fight Nothing. Or more precisely what nothingness hides: the missing part, the gap. How do I defeat the absence?"
Choreography: Ben Van Buren
Performance: Jason Respilieux, Thomas Vantuycom, Bryana Fritz
choreography and performance: Hagar Tenebaum
thanks to Bojana Cvejić, Bryana Fritz & Christoffer Schieche
Choreography & performance: James McGinn & Tiran Willemse
Choreography; Taha Ghauri
Performance: Taha Ghauri, Balazs Busa, Andras Deri, Erik Eriksson,
Thomas Vantuycom, Ben Van Buren)