FLUSH unfolds in a reduced set-up: 3 performers on a stage, framed by a series of 5 wall elements. It is based on a carefully assembled movement vocabulary that takes inspiration from ubiquitous video-editing techniques. It combines the laborious task of performing live slow motion, rewind, fast edits and endless repetitions with the considered exploration of composition and non-linear narration in order to create a ‘landscape play’ coined in 1935 by Gertrude Stein. FLUSH relies on a highly technical, articulate and stylized composition drawing on the formal ordering principles of juxtaposition, simultaneity, multiplicity and repetition also to be found in the ‘plays’ from Stein. It is a study on radical temporaries and illogical intimacies that proposes various articulations and modes of temporality, even going as far to evoke a lesbian time / aesthetic.
Bodies, temporal and physical manifestations will be the explicit material in the construction of the landscapes. With a strong emphasis on the quotidian FLUSH wrestles with the impossibility of stopping time in order to simultaneously move it to see everything that is there behind a gesture, form the mundane to the spectacle. FLUSH makes apparent the tiny details that are hidden in situations, the ambivalences and notions between actions, subtexts, the hesitations and irruptions
Concept and direction: Sheena McGrandles
Performed by: Sheena McGrandles, Annegret Schalke and Ewa Dziarnowska
Sound: Stellan Veloce
Dramaturgy: Thomas Schaupp
Art Direction and costume: Michiel Keuper
Supported by: Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin, Siobhan Davies Dance London and Goethe Institute London..