A first version of SAUNA - a spoken word, dance and music performance - will premiere during the HUGGY BEARS Festival at WUK, hosted by SUPERAMAS, co-produced by Malika Fankha & WUK performing arts.
"SAUNA" is a meta-fictional reflection about identity, cohabitation and survival stragegies. Told from the perspective of an unborn child inside a womb it questions the reliability of narration, juggles with knowledge and facts that are largely obscure and thus suggests a new metaphorical Virtual Reality. The obsessive personality of the prenatal storyteller is driven by an unconditional claim for self-determination while at the same time being tied to this other body via the umbilical cord, a symbol of pure dependence and connection. Contemplating dystopian future scenarios, witnessing the trivia of everyday conversations or indulging in excentric navel-gazing, the tale evolves around the contradictions and promiscuity that shape our lifestyle: the either radically intimate or radically superficial.
Artistic Direction/Performance: Malika Fankha
Assistance: Maureen Kaegi
Sound: Dark Euphoria feat. Alexander Kasses
Stage: Noushin Redjaian & Jakob Neulinger
Costume: Goran Bugaric
Photo: Maria Ritsch
Residency partners: ImPulsTanz, CAMPO Ghent, Life Long Burning, Cullberg Ballet Stockholm, Dampfzentrale Bern.