Nature that once gave birth to man has now to be protected from him. Not for its own sake, but because man can not survive without it. But mankind grows, and so does the need for energy and resources. Those regions that do not belong to the prosperity centers suffer most from the unrestrained exploitation of resources. There, this exploitation causes not only widespread ecological devastation, but also increasingly brutal distribution and expulsion wars. Both inevitably lead to flows of refugees, and entire migrations. The western affluent society builds toad tunnels under their highways, beyond them bridges for wild animals, on the way from A to B: "Crossing the Freeway", to avoid the murderous buildings of highly industrialized civilization. At the same time, the last escape routes for humans were blocked.
Using an existential, reduced dance language, the Greek-born choreographer and deprived area school teacher Kosmas Kosmopoulos tries what seems to be impossible: “Crossing the Freeway“. Freedom is always the freedom of the others – of those who have no obstacles in their way?
"Crossing the Freeway" is the fourth piece created by the Greek-German artistic production community LUNA PARK. As for "Lessen to the Fourth", "Capture & discard" and "Mountains of Desire", the rehearsals took place in equal parts in Athens and Berlin, thus creating a connection between the dancers of the two local scenes. The Berlin rehearsals take place in the Gesundbrunnen Primary School in Wedding and are coupled with several workshops for pupils. Thereby, the choreographer Kosmas Kosmopoulos tries to open up the school as a place of culture and encounter and to integrate it into everyday artistic life. "Crossing the Freeway", like its predecessors, was created against the background of this experience. The music again comes from Antonios Palaskas, Greek Electro Pop pioneer and co-founder of the bands Stereo Nova and Supermarket. As the basis of his narrative, atmospheric beats, this time he uses the famous 1980s computer game Pac-Man. But while Beckett's "Try again. Fail again. Fail better." may sound as a digital game manual, the dancers wonder in “Crossing the Freeway ": What if there is only one (last) attempt? The days of failure seem to be counted.
Production: Initiative LUNA PARK and Kosmas Kosmopoulos in cooperation with the Gesundbrunnen Primary School, financially supported in the frame of the project “ANPASSUNGEN” within the urban development assistance programme Social City / Projektfonds QM Badstraße.
Performance: Angeliki Anargyrou, Lea Hoffmann, Maria Kandylaki, Nikoleta Koutitsa, Dmytro Grynov, Heun Min Kim, Elton Petri | Artistic direction, concept and choreography: Kosmas Kosmopoulos | Original Music: Antonios Palaskas | Stage design and costumes: Lotti Maurer and Michael Graessner | Technique and Light design: Andreas Harder und Dimitrios Stamatis | Text and dramaturgical advice: Kai Pichmann | Production and public realtions: Michael Ludwig Tsouloukidse | Photography and Documentation: Giovanni Lo Curto und Gm Touliatou
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On 28.09.2019, after the performance: TANZSCOUT follow-up "dance//think" with Amelie Mallmann