Picture: Dorothea Tuch
OILinity by Kat Válastur
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
OILinity by Kat Válastur
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
OILinity by Kat Válastur
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
OILinity b Kat Válastur
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
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Kat Válastur


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

Kat Válastur’s “OILinity" is a choreographic treatise on the dependence of western societies on mineral oil. The Berlin choreographer places three dancers into an adventurous game called “OILinity,” letting them wander through a landscape animated by petroleum and full of surreal obstacles. Its core is the “spinning melancholy,” a cylindrical object that has nothing more in mind than the preservation of the revealing system. With forceful movements, special kinetic codes and black humour, the performers try to break the mechanisms of this system little by little, and to distil something new from its fuel. “OILinity” confronts the audience with a dance work that reveals both the hidden traits of humans as well as those of petroleum, finding a vocabulary of movement in which forces and speeds culminate in the crude beauty of dripping oil. 
Oilinity trailer
Past dates
April 2016, March 2017
Duration approx. 1:00
Concept / choreography
Kat Válastur
Nitsan Margaliot, Enrico Ticconi, Marysia Zimpel
Light design
Martin Beeretz
Stage design
Laila Rosato Lüke
Collaboration stage design
Ulrich Leitner
Lydia Sonderegger
Costume assistance
Héloïse Bouteille
Sound & sculpture
Filippos Kavakas
Sound editing & Sound performance
Bryan Eubanks
Thomas Schaupp
Artistic production management
Katja Timmerberg
björn & björn
Premiere 28 April 2016
Rerun Mar 29 2017
Production: Kat Válastur.
Coproduction: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Théâtre de Nîmes. 
Supported by the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa and Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V.. 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.