BURNT [ THE ETERNAL LONG NOW ]

"A breathtaking choreography by Zoltán Vakulya and Chen-Wei Lee lead the dancers and the audience in a war of attrition through an intriguing course. "

cultural journalist Viviane Redant

In Burnt [ the eternal long now ], LEE\VAKULYA choreographically explores burnout as a collective, social phenomenon. In a relentless drive of action and effort, three dancers burn their energy into a danced rat race—a dance that mirrors a widely shared feeling of unrest and exhaustion. 

 

Although a very lonely experience, burnout is a social phenomenon that we collectively endure, but also unwillingly allow and sustain. Burnt brings it to the foreground as a shared problem that shouldn’t remain confined to private spheres, as if taboo. We don’t burnout en masse because of personal flaws, kids, or an unexpected loss, but because overwork, overwhelm and anxiety are structural to how our lives are built. Never have we been so busy, and never has our future been more hopeless. Capitalist economy, when left unleashed by politics, generates a systemic overdrive that doesn’t only push social bonds and mental health toward disintegration, but also atrophies our imagination, and obviously destroys natural environments.

 

Taking this reality as point of departure, Zoltan Vakulya and Chen-Wei Lee created a dance that explores extreme fatigue in relation to others. Chen-Wei Lee, Charlotte Petersen and Esse Vanderbruggen drive themselves into exhaustion, both together and alone. Sweat and determination are shared, eagerness feeds even more eagerness, and drives their common motor into overheat. The question we are left with is if the beauty of their efforts to support each other doesn’t tragically trigger their collective downfall.

 

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CHOREOGRAPHY

LEE\VAKULYA

 

DIRECTION:

Zoltán Vakulya

 

PERFORMANCE:

Chen-Wei Lee, Esse Vanderbruggen, Charlotte Petersen / Jessica Simet

 

MUSIC

Gryllus Abris

 

DRAMATURGY

Alice Van der Wielen-Honinckx, Zoltán Vakulya

 

LIGHT DESIGN

Bert Van Dijck, Xavi Moreno

 

STAGE ADVICE

Ding-Yeh Wang

COSTUME ADVICE

Eric Tsai

 

PRODUCTION

kunstencentrum nona

 

CO-PRODUCTION

STUK (Leuven), CCNR (Lyon), Tanzplattform Rhein Main (Wiesbaden), NTCH (Taipei)

 

RESIDENCIES

kunstencentrum nona, VIERNULVIER Ghent, Thor Brussels, L'animal a L'esquena Celra, State Theater Darmstadt. Taishin Bank Foundation for Arts and Culture.

 

WITH THE SUPPORT OF

Flemish Culture Ministry of Belgium, Taiwan National Culture and Arts Foundation.