MONUMENT 0 : haunted by wars (1913-2013)
MONUMENT 0 : haunted by wars (1913-2013) marks the beginning of a series of works in which choreographer Eszter Salamon reexamines 20th Century history. This history is based on volatile documents: the tribal and ethnic dances of countries ravaged by the endless wars of the past century. Through a colossal process of research and reworking Eszter Salamon has unearthed two Western “unthinkable things”: the ritual and folk dances that modern dance has banished from the canon; and the postcolonial wars that Europe has driven out of official history. Exploring our relationship to this essential dance material, Salamon traces a unique X-ray of humanity. In solos, duos, trios and group dances, the six performers are in a state of perpetual metamorphosis, becoming magical, threatening, diminished and intimidating. Audiences are led to confront their own fantasies and desires for exoticism, and are repeatedly plunged into the disturbing material of these mobile archives. In MONUMENT 0, the stage becomes the sensitive retina upon which once-repressed visions appear and are printed… forgotten bodies, silhouettes, which – like ghosts – seem to emerge from the darkness of memory.