Departures and Arrivals



Válastur, Kat

Kat Válastur’s new production is a choreographic treatise on the dependence of western societies on mineral oil. The Berlin choreographer places three dancers into an adventurous game called “OILinity,” letting them wander through a landscape animated by petroleum and full of surreal obstacles. Its core is the “spinning melancholy,” a cylindrical object that has nothing more in mind than the preservation of the revealing system. With forceful movements, special kinetic codes and black humour, the performers try to break the mechanisms of this system little by little, and to distil something new from its fuel. “OILinity” confronts the audience with a dance work that reveals both the hidden traits of humans as well as those of petroleum, finding a vocabulary of movement in which forces and speeds culminate in the crude beauty of dripping oil.

Concept / choreography
Kat Válastur
Nitsan Margaliot, Enrico Ticconi, Marysia Zimpel
Light design
Martin Beeretz
Stage design
Laila Rosato
Collaboration stage design
Ulrich Leitner
Lydia Sonderegger
Costume assistance
Héloïse Bouteille
Sound & sculpture
Filippos Kavakas
Thomas Schaupp
Artistic production management
Katja Timmerberg
björn & björn

Premiere 28 April 2016

Production: Kat Válastur. Coproduction: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Théâtre de Nîmes.
Supported by the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senat Cancellery – Cultural Affairs and Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V.
Presented in the context of [DNA] Departures and Arrivals with support by Culture Programme of the European Unio