Nine performers in the minefield of origins
Store Carl, Dansehallerne, 6th-18th February 2017
In STAFET Kitt Johnson explores the phenomenon of origins. Origins as the determinant factor of identity. Origins as the place where images and mythologized incidents of genealogy and culture are transmitted; where ethnicity, religion and nationality are determined; and where transgenerational trauma and triumphs turn into either displaced anger or wrongful self-glorification. Origins as the indispensable basis for the individual’s self-perception, and the force that keeps us trapped in a predestined puppetry.
Kitt Johnson explains: “We spend our lives trying to reconcile these forces. We negotiate the right to change, development or settlement. We invent strategies for survival in this eternal and universal conflict zone. STAFET is an exploration of this minefield, an examination of the forces that come into play, the connections that keep these structures in place, and the element of plasticity that makes change possible. STAFET operates between the personal and the universal. It uncovers mechanisms and rules that apply on an existential as well as a geo-political level.”
The cast of STAFET are four men and five women of widely different origins: from different cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds, from three generations spanning from 24 to 71 years, from three continents including Asia, Africa, and Europe.
Concept and staging: Kitt Johnson Sound: Sture Ericson Light: Mogens Kjempff Costumes/props: Charlotte Østergaard. Co-creating performers: Dorothea Eitel, Kyrie Oda, Gabi Dissmann, Florent Golfier, Marek Mensik, Julienne Doko, Hilde I. Sandvold, Poul Helmer Laursen, Jan Vesala.
Duration: Approx. 95 minutes – no break.
Produced by Kitt Johnson X-act with support by the Danish Arts Foundation, Knud Højgaards Fond, Augustinus Fonden, Beckett-Fonden, Københavns Kommunes Scenekunstudvalg.