FIGURED+ FLUSH are companion works by choreographer Sheena McGrandles that are part of an ongoing series on radical temporalities and illogical intimacies.
Forward, backward, cut, all back, repeat: two figures move in front of a wall. Their bodies and their relationship to each other are constantly interrupted and so are the narratives that unfold and disappear again. Concentrating on a complex composition and a detailed execution of movement, choreographer Sheena McGrandles uncovers the absurdity and artificiality of the everyday gesture. With a soundtrack created from various field recordings ranging from refrigerator to demo, Figured sticks persistently to the detail and insists on putting his - and our - attention to it, over and over again.
"Isn‘t it a nice place here? Looks gorgeous. Nestled between thorn bushes and dark cut out trees. They sink slowly into the surface of the earth. They soon realise it was a trap and blame their big eyes for misreading the situation…"
Following Gertrude Stein's concept of the Landscape Play, choreographer Sheena McGrandles breaks down linear and traditional forms of narration to create FLUSH, a study on radical temporaries and illogical intimacies – which may even evoke a new lesbian timing and aesthetic. The highly technical and stylized choreography moves through formal ordering principles of juxtaposition, simultaneity, multiplicity, and repetition, exploring a new approach to traditional representations of time.
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FIGURED: CONCEPT, director Sheena McGrandles PERFORMANCE Sheena McGrandles, Annegret Schalke SOUND Stellan Veloce LIGHT DESIGN Annegret Schalke STAGE DESIGN Sheena McGrandles OUTSIDE EYE Zinzi Buchanan FILM CO-DIRECTION AND EDIT Melanie Jame Wolf FILM CAMERA TINT Film Collective (Mireia Guzmán Sanjaume, Svea Immel, Katharina Voß)
FLUSH: CONCEPT, DIRECTOR Sheena McGrandles PERFORMANCE Sheena McGrandles, Annegret Schalke, Ewa Dziarnowska SOUND Stellan Veloce LIGHTING DESIGN Elliott Cennetoglu LIGHTS Sanja Gergoric DRAMATURGY Thomas Schaupp, Mila Pavicevic STAGE, COSTUMES Michiel Keuper, Martin Sieweke TEXT Sheena McGrandles, Mila Pavicevic FILM CO-DIRECTION AND EDIT Melanie Jame Wolf FILM CAMERA TINT Film Collective (Mireia Guzmán Sanjaume, Svea Immel, Katharina Voß) PRODUCTION ehrliche arbeit – freelance office for culture
Figured is a production by Sheena McGrandles. Funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe, supported by Agora MOVE Berlin. Flush is a production by Sheena McGrandles and ehrliche arbeit – freelance office for culture in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Siobhan Davies Dance London and the Goethe-Institut London.
Both films were made possible by funding from the City of Berlin – Department for Culture and Europe. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung