Eric Minh Cuong Castaing


Claiming Commons Spaces II

Fri 24.05. 20:00

Surrounded by gadgets, portable computer such as smart watches and other, almost autonomous devices like drones, serving as both toys and war machines, our everyday life changes continuously. In “Phoenix” by French choreographer Eric Minh Castaing, the ambivalence in dealing with new technologies opens up for a look at their possible subversion. With a webcam and a hacked server, the exchange with territories that are otherwise hard to access may be enabled, or a surveillance drone turns into a documentary channel: Live from his Gaza apartment, Dabke dancer Mumen Khalifa, raised in a Palestine refugee camp, tells the audience about his experience with the surveillance drones, and he lets us follow b-boy group Myus GB Crew on the backdrop of a building’s  ruin.
Together with his company Shonen, Eric Minh Castaing, currently associated artist at Ballet National Marseille, has been dealing with the connection of dance, technology and ethical questions for years now. Educated as a visual artist, the “revolting body”, as he calls it, remains at the centre of his creation, especially the enhancement of the physical nature by means of technology.

Duration: 60 min. / In English and Arabic language

Sébastien Lefèvre

Concept, Choreography: Eric Minh Cuong Castaing together with the dancers Jeanne Colin, Kevin Fay, Mumen Khalifa, Nans Pierson, Myuz GB Crew (Hamad Abu Hasira, Meuse Abu Matira, Mohammed Abu Ramadan); Translation (live): Tamara Saade, drones' pilot: Thomas Peyruse, Scott Stevenson; Music: Gregoire Simon & Alexandre Bouvier (Yes soeur); Lightning design: Sébastien Lefèvre; Video: Pierre Gufflet; Regie: Julien Léo David, Mahmoud Alhaj; camera / Gaza: Mostafa Abou Thoria; Assistance coordination / Gaza: Suzanne Groothuis, Ingrid Rollema, Pieter de Ruiter; Videomontage: François Duverger; Dramaturgy: Marine Relinger; Outside Eyes: Alessandro Sciarrioni, Pauline Simon, Anne-Sophie Turion. Photo: Sébastien Lefèvre.A production by Shonen, co-produced by tanzhaus nrw in the frame of Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser, supported by Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien; further co-produced by Ballet National de Marseille, Festival de Marseille, Pôle Arts de la Scène – Friche la Belle de Mai, Charleroi danse, Centre Chorégraphique de Wallonie – Bruxelles, ViaDanse-CCN de Bourgogne Franche-Comté à Belfort, Institut Français du Liban, Center for visual arts 2 angles in Flers, HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden, CCN de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne / Compagnie Käfig, Institut Francais, Fonds Transfabrik and in cooperation with DICRéAM, Caisse des dépôts et Consignations group, Aubervilliers Laboratories. Claiming Common Spaces II is a project by Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser. Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser is funded by Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien.