five hundred thousand years of movement
‘Time is a catastrophe, perpetual, irreversible.’ (Italo Calvino, The Complete Cosmicomics)
In five hundred thousand years of movement Karin Pauer’s body labours to render the entire evolutionary history of the universe. In this megalomaniacal undertaking she tirelessly tries to locate herself and her body on a cosmic scale. Overwhelmed by the enormity of the history of everything, she uses the sculptural and organic body to anthropomorphize and to refer to various life forms.
This work celebrates the insignificance of our existence and the potentiality of the now.
With her imaginative manipulations of historical facts she references events ranging from the Mesozoic era to Beyoncé.
By integrating a visit of her mother on stage into this series of events, she challenges our perception of the linearity of time and the logic of succession.
five hundred thousand years of movement is a practice of change; is a constant search of the next form;
is an attempt at becoming the person one was always meant to be;
is practicing anthropomorphism;
is a dance set against the backdrop of eternity.
The person I am now is as transient, as fleeting and as temporary as all the people, I have ever been and as all previous and future life forms.
Choreography/ Performance/ Sound: Karin Pauer Guest Performance: Johanna Pauer
Technical Support: Roman Harrer
DanceWeb in the frame of Life Long Burning,
supported by the European Union, Nadalokal and Liquid Loft
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