Hopeless.

in the ambit ofFeminist Futures Festival
bySergiu Matis (Roménia/Alemanha)
27 jan 2022
thu, 9 PM
concept and coreography Sergiu Matis
text Sergiu Matis, Mila Pavićević, from translations of Teócrito and Virgílio
with Martin Hansen, Sergiu Matis, Manon Parent
composition AGF aka Antye Greie
dramaturgy Mila Pavićević
species research and text Philip Ingman
scenography Dan Lancea
costumes Philip Ingman
light design Emma Juliard
technical direction and sound Andrea Parolin
coreography assistance Orlando Rodriguez 
production Anna Chwialkowska
distribution Danila – Freitag, Agentur für Performative Künste
translation Teócrito and Virgílio Hine, Daryl (trad.), 1982, Theocritus: Idylls and Epigrams, New York: Atheneum; Holzberg, Niklas (ed. e trad.), 2016, ‘Bucolica / Hirtengedichte’ in Bucolica, Georgica / Hirtengedichte, Landwirtschaft, Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter
 
+ 12

duration 2h20

Animal sounds are courtesy of Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Xeno-canto Foundation.

Financed by Capital Cultural Fund of the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

Supported by DIEHL+RITTER/TANZPAKT RECONNECT, financed by German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the initiative NEUSTART KULTUR
 
Feminist Futures Festival is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.  

Performance premiered february 8, 2019, at Radialsystem, Berlim.
Pastoral poetry from Greek and Roman antiquity is at the base of this performance. In an unceasingly warming world, what is left of the idyllic, cultivated nature described in the poems of Theocritus and Virgil? Are the poets perhaps themselves responsible for setting it on fire with their trivial erotic turbulence, and their politicising of landscape? In Hopeless., we forge our own pastoral settings out of shreds and fragments, like data from a library of sounds of extinct animals, or old and new translations of the Idylls. An act of putting back together, or franticly trying to conserve what’s left, all the while mourning the losses yet to come. In Hopeless. technologically enhanced nymphs and shepherds desperately compete to see who can make the audience cry the loudest.

Performed in English with Portuguese surtitles.
This show is part of the Feminist Futures Festival. More information, here.

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