›the human face‹
in »volto umano«, violence infiltrates the micro-society of the interpreters, oozes in and out of their bodies. the piece oscillates between the “little mis-deeds” in society, from which the merciless emerges. it embodies just how thin the blanket of civilization is when ethics and morals fall victim to barbarism.
»volto umano« reveals human weakness, thus aiming straight into the heart of the present gradually distancing itself from humanity. it reveals the hubris of humans. everything can change from one moment to the next and for it to plummet into calamity.
when violence permeates our lives – what face will emerge ?
»toula limnaios finds depressing pictures … in »volto umano« there is no attention, only direction and manipulation. the group actions contrasted with emotional solos … there is no longer any protection space from the inhuman … the dancers inspire with their expressive anger and physical vehemence. an unsettling evening. « (tagesspiegel s. luzina)
premiere 2018 dance/creation: katja scholz
a cie. toula limnaios production supported by the city of berlin, department for culture and europe.
»toula limnaios finds opressive pictures… in »volto umano« there is no attention, only direction and manipulation; the group actions contrasted with emotional solos. there is no longer any shelter from the inhuman. the dancers inspire with their expressive anger and physical vehemence. a stirring evening.« (tagesspiegel, sandra luzina)
»toula limnaios´ choreographing rarely serves expectations. everywhere on the stage the unusual could happen. in an attempt of bodily approximation, the dancers attested brutality, seizure, marionette-isation and showed individuality with their hands, feet, and faces… the audience’s reaction was ardent.« (friday (freitag). the opinion medium. blog)
»the ensemble toula limnaios unmasks the human face. it is a mechanized world that toula limnaios and her company present in “volto umano”. in a lurking atmosphere, one seeks in vain happiness and harmony. as people become entangled, one senses: it is not a good world. emotional emptiness. the tumble reaches its climax in the final: the world is depleted. it is a profoundly dark vision…« (neues deutschland, volkmar draeger)
»dystopian is the vision that toula limnaios creates in her new piece “volto umano”. is humanity walking, open-eyed, towards the abyss? what do we see? and how can we go on? what do we (still) recognize in the “volto umano”, the human face? “humanity” runs the risk of becoming a sold-out relic; the loneliness of the protagonist obscures the view of the world.« (tanzraumberlin.de, alexandra hennig)
»the unmistakable toula limnaios debuts with „volto umano“, a powerful and elegant narration.
from the beginning to the end there are strong images that refer to critical situations, social issues and problems of our times, which remain impressed in the memory of the audience.
a raw story, narrated with the unmistakable limnaios style, which manages to contrast the violence of actions, the grace and the elegance of her dance.« (campadidanza.it, nicola campanelli)
»toula limnaios is the only choreographer in berlin, besides sasha waltz and constanza macras, who has her own company and also produces large-format pieces. limnaios has her own venue – the halle in prenzlauer berg, where she regularly shows her choreographies. in her latest work “volto umano – the human face”, limnaios examines the thin layer of civilization and culture that, according to freud, separates us from barbarity. this relevant question moves the dancers here as a micro-society by all means: what drives people to deprive other people of compassion and to treat them with hatred and violence?« (tip-berlin.de, bühne)
»toula limnaios expose une splendide laideur … tout ce petit monde va ensuite très vite chavirer dans une fascinante cruauté, une maltraitance démesurée. … possédés, les danseurs de toula limnaios le sont bel et bien. entre attirances et répulsions, leurs corps explorent le surmenage de notre société, suintent bon la férocité de notre temps. quel visage donner à la violence qui pénètre, un peu plus chaque jour, notre quotidien ? comment se débarrasser de cette fine pellicule sociétale, fatale, qui nous colle à la peau ? c’est comme si nous étions imperturbablement guidés par un gourou, une force obscure qui dirige nos vies robotisées, uniformes … l’ambivalence dominé/dominant est portée à son comble lorsque … toula limnaios nous offre à travers „volto umano“ une savoureuse mise à nue générale, étouffante, accablante, parsemée de quelques pulsions, sursauts de vie. l’humain dans toute sa splendide laideur.« (cccdanse.com, léa chalmont)