Flood (2017)

Flood © Laurent Philippe

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.


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Concept, choreography Daniel Linehan
Dance, creation Erik Eriksson, Michael Helland, Anneleen Keppens, Victor Pérez Armero
Dramaturgy Noa Liev
Scenography 88888
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 International Arts Campus (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)

Hiatus, Daniel Linehan is supported by the Flemish authorities and
Creative Associate 2017-2021 at deSingel International Arts Campus (Antwerp, BE)


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