Ah! Oh! – A Contemporary Ritual by Kat Válastur
Picture: Iosif Lykakis
Ah! Oh! – A Contemporary Ritual by Kat Válastur
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
Ah! Oh! – A Contemporary Ritual by Kat Válastur
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
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Kat Válastur

Ah! Oh! – A Contemporary Ritual

Part of the retrospective "We were better in the future"

After “GLAND,” “Ah! Oh! – A Contemporary Ritual” is the second piece in Kat Válastur's series “The marginal sculptures of Newtopia.” Similar to “GLAND,” the bodies enter a utopian landscape. Inspired by the idea of native rites, “Ah! Oh! A contemporary Ritual” is a reflection on the origins and traditions of circle dances. In a post-apocalyptic atmosphere six performers recall the memory of dancing together by holding hands. Relating the frowned upon idea of ritualistic circular dances, the choreography reveals fragments of a gesture that shaped our commonality at the annihilation of times.

The retrospective finishes after the second performance of “Ah! Oh! A contemporary Ritual” with an epilogue in the shape of a new short solo (in English): Kat Válastur was better in the future.
“Ah! Oh!" Trailer
Current Performances
Sat 01.04.2017, 20:30 / HAU2
Sun 02.04.2017, 19:00 / HAU2
Duration 1:10
Concept / Choreographie
Kat Válastur
Shahar Levi, Leyla Postalcioglu, Annegret Schalke, Romain Thibaud-Rose, Enrico Ticconi, Maria Zimpel
Light design
Martin Beeretz
Lambros Pigounis
Lydia Sonderegger
Costume assistance
Johanna Schraut
Thomas Schaupp
PR & Production
björn & björn
Premiere Dec 5 2014
Rerun Apr 1 2017
Production: Kat Válastur. Co production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Théâtre de Nîmes, fabrik Potsdam, CDC Uzes Danse supported by ETAPE DANSE, an initiative by Institut Francais Allemagne / Bureau du Théâtre et de la Danse supported by the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication/DGCA, of the SACD and the city of Potsdam. Funded by the Capital Cultural Fund. The re-run of “Ah! Oh! A contemporary Ritual“ is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The retrospective is supported within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. Presented in the context of [DNA] Departures and Arrivals with support of the EU cultural programme.