Flood is a choreography of appearances and disappearances. When someone enters a space, there is an immediate sense of anticipation: what is this person going to do? When someone exits, suspense and curiosity also arises: where did that person go? When will they return? Through these simple actions, the performance reflects on appearance and disappearance as a dominant mode of experiencing the world today, at a time when accelerating technological development also means an accelerating loss of older techniques and beliefs, not to mention an accelerating deterioration in the natural environment.
In between the entrances and exits the dancers perform a series of movements that seem to repeat, but in fact are in a constant state of transformation; older fragments of movement are lost and replaced by newer, updated versions of the same movement. The dancing accelerates as body parts shoot through the space like tiny missiles projected toward and away from the self and others. At other moments, the dancing suddenly decelerates, revealing details that would otherwise be invisible at such high speeds. Flood looks at the dominance of “high-speed” values, and wonders if it is really possible to interrupt this trend of acceleration by intentionally slowing down.
In the midst of our throwaway society and the flood of new technologies and ever-more frequent product updates, Linehan questions the cultural dominance of the new. At the same time, he considers what is disappearing and what is becoming superfluous as our social behaviors and our surroundings transform at an ever-faster pace.
Concept, choreography Daniel Linehan
Dance, creation Michael Helland, Vicor Pérez Armero, Anneleen Keppens, Erik Eriksson
Dramaturgy Vincent Rafis
Lighting design Elke Verachtert
Sound design Peter Lenaerts
Costumes Frédérick Denis
Assistance costume design Charlotte Matterne
Production and diffusion in Belgium Hiatus (Brussels, BE)
Executive Production Caravan Production (Brussels, BE)
International distribution Damien Valette
Co-production deSingel (Antwerp, BE), Centre Chorégraphique National de Rillieux-la-Pape (FR), Festival Montpellier Danse 2017
Residencies STUK (Leuven, BE), Kaaitheater (Brussels, BE), deSingel International Arts Campus (Antwerp, BE), Centre Chorégraphique National de Rillieux-la-Pape (FR), Charleroi Danse, La Raffinerie (BE)
With the support of the Flemish authorities.
- Flood 20 January 2018 Centre Pompidou - Paris, France
- Flood 19 January 2018 Centre Pompidou - Paris, France
- Flood 18 January 2018 Centre Pompidou - Paris, France
- Flood 17 January 2018 Centre Pompidou - Paris, France
- Flood 15 November 2017 Le Lieu Unique - Nantes, France
- Flood 14 November 2017 Le Lieu Unique - Nantes, France
- Flood 11 October 2017 Le Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg - Luxembourg, Luxembourg
- Flood 15 July 2017, 20:30 Theater Bellevue - Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Flood 4 July 2017, 18:00 Studio Bagouet - Montpellier, France
- Flood 3 July 2017, 18:00 Studio Bagouet - Montpellier, France