»see how this body casts its shadow and how dreams are born from it.« henri bosco
the starting point of the dance piece is the theme of shadows, loosely inspired by adelbert chamisso’s art fairy tale »the wonderful history of peter schlemihl«, which was written in 1813 and tells the story of a man who sells his shadow. »clair obscur« is an attempt to approach the complexity and multi-layeredness of shadows and their paradox, because shadows have many faces.
the halle is transformed into a stage divided into two parts. the two parts face each other like two sides of the same coin, like light and shadow, like day and night – one cannot exist without the other and this is how this work is composed: the two perspectives are inseparable and yet can be perceived separately…
who hasn’t tried to catch their shadow while walking back then? who has not wondered about this strange apparition that constantly accompanies us, but also always slips away? from plato’s »allegory of the cave« to carl gustav jung’s »analytical psychology« to the dream world of every human being, the shadow veils and reveals the secrets of the world.
concept/choreography/space toula limnaios music ralf r. ollertz dance/creation daniel afonso, francesca bedin, laura beschi, leonardo d’aquino, alba de miguel, alessio scandale, hironori sugata, karolina wyrwal lightdesign/technical director felix grimm chorographic assistance ute pliestermann lighttechnic domenik engemann costumes antonia limnaios touring/cooperations marie schmieder editing giacomo corvaia
the cie. toula limnaios is institutionally supported by the state of berlin, senate administration for culture and europe. ©2021