What does it mean for the individual to develop an understanding of the self that is strong enough to detach itself from conventional categorizations and instead create an independent and potentially new self definition.
Long before our consciousness is fully matured, we are categorized, labeled and evaluated based on our physical characteristics and appearance and it continues through our entire life.
The body plays a key role within this.
On the one hand, the body with its appearance, features and movements is an essential medium of communication with the outside world. On the other hand, it is each and every human being’s very own home. A home which holds their complex, constantly evolving and highly unique life.
HOME processes and visualizes this quest for identity by investigating this complex duality of the body. In the piece it is placed into relationships with various scenic elements and forces, merging with or separating from them to create visual symbols, abstract or minimalistic images as well as complex physicalities and movement sequences that reveal, highlight or obscure the body.
As a queer artist, Sebastian Abarbanell addresses questions that concern him on a personal and emotional level, closely related to his queerness. He wants to initiate and stimulate new ways of thinking about notions and conceptions of the human being that are deeply rooted in our society and often still lack acceptance of queer identities. With his work he aims to inspire ongoing conversations and contribute to a collective healing process.
HOME is supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
Artistic Direction, Choreography, Performance: Sebastian Abarbanell | Technical Direction, Lightning design: Barnaby Booth | Production Management, PR: Apricot Productions | Dramaturgy: Tuan Ly | Videoprojection: Sina Lesnik | Videoprojection Edit: César Brodermann | Music: Sebastien Brun, Slowdanger, Morgan Bobrow-Williams
Sponsors/Supporters: Fonds Darstellende Künste, Familie von Moltke, TRAUMA BAR UND KINO, L’Estruch - Live Arts Residency Center, Theater Pforzheim