So, 02/02/2020, 14:00 Uhr
Elektronische Musik / Komponierte Musik / Musiktheater / Oper / Konzert

Drops and Seeds

für 6 Tänzer, 5 Musiker*innen, Elektronik und Resonatoren

‘Drops and Seeds’ is the first collaboration between Cambodian choreographer Prumsodun Ok, Argentinian/Berlin-based composer Ana Maria Rodriguez and US-American/German light designer Fred Pommerehn. Taking its title from a poem by Norwegian lyricist Simen Hagerup, Drops and Seeds considers dance as a mediator between earth and sky and its attentiveness to nature—a concept central to the tradition of dance in Khmer culture. The title also references Khmer Rouge genocide of the 1970s, which not only led to the extermination of one quarter of the population, but also radically pierced the country’s own cultural identity, the effects of which can still be felt today. The revival and persistence of traditional Cambodian dance rests on the shoulders of a handful of artists who endeavour to keep it alive.
Dancer and choreographer Prumsodun Ok is a leading figure of this generation. He learned from the survivors of the genocide, and has founded Cambodia’s first gay dance company, Prumsodun Ok & NATYARASA, passing the art of Khmer dance onto younger generations. Infusing a contemporary spirit into traditional culture, he creates opportunity, representation, and expression for LGBTQ people in Cambodia.
Ok likens the Khmer Rouge genocide with the impact of a meteorite—unforeseen, powerful, and incomprehensible. Radically altering previous life, it leaves a deep crater in its wake. But it rains; a crater becomes a lake and creates new life. Heavenly bodies collide with the Earth’s surfaces; falling raindrops burst into crocodile tears; latent landmines suddenly explode. For Rodriguez, the hundreds of thousands of dormant landmines continue to resonate today, serving as reminders of the tremendous, sudden force that struck the country.
Together with the musicians of Ensemble KNM Berlin, the artists guide audiences across fragile, challenging, and shifting terrain, navigating the impossible contradictions between micro and macro, individual and society, as well as personal fate and cosmic pathos.

„Drops and Seeds“ verweist auf den Genozid der „Roten Khmer“ in den 1970er Jahren und kennzeichnet die Wiederbelebung und Weiterentwicklung der traditionellen Tanzkultur Kambodschas.

  • Einführung: im Rahmen des CTM Festivals
  • Dauer: 01:00h, Pausen: keine Pause
  • radialsystem
  • Holzmarktstraße 33, Berlin
  • Barrierefreiheit: Sehbehinderung und Blindheit / motorische Einschränkungen / Hörbehinderung