Running SushiThe Glance into the Zen Philosophy of a Manga Household
Liquid Loft (AT) | k: Chris Haring
30.5.2011. | 20:00h | DK Gavella
1.6.2011. | 20:00h | HKD Rijeka
Performance: Stephanie Cumming, Johnny Schoofs
Artistic Director, Concept, Choreography: Chris Haring
Sound Design: Andreas Berger (Glim)
Dramaturgy and Light Design: Thomas Jelinek
Stage Design: Annja Krautgasser
Comics: Bert Könighofer
Photography: Michael Loizenbauer, Chris Haring
Production: Marlies Pucher
Liquid Loft is supported by: MA7 Kultur Stadt Wien (City of Vienna) and BMUKK Sektion Kunst (Austria).
About the show:
Liquid Loft is looking for the path of the Samurai on stage, Feng Shui is exercised in cyberspace and chopstick highjumping carries the performers into the classical Pas de Deux. Like in an Running Sushi restaurant – where the guest choose bits ans pieces – the members of the audience define the sequence and order of the 12 scenes. Yet, the “Pulp Fiction” effect remains, shaping the story – independent of the sequences – in the mind of the spectator. The experience and “reality” of communication are shifting increasingly towards a two-dimensional, picture-like surface. The term “superflat”, coined in Japan mainly by Takashi Murakami, not only describes the comic or Manga as a form of communication, but also characterizes it as a conceptually leveling society of the post-post modern world.
The absurdity of “Running Sushi” manifests itself in the live reconstructions of manga and MTV, always pretty flat on the surface of the mental flatscreen.What you see, is what you get - and that is great in this case!
In Running Sushi, a man and a woman, equivalently brilliantly danced and performed by Stephanie Cumming und Johnny Schoofs, present catastrophic phenomena of practical partnership relations. Not with a a psychological attitude however, but as a game of behaviour patterns generated by the media, which are consciously deconstructed and glued back together deliberately amiss or just fragmentarily.
About the group:
Founded in 2005 by choreographer Chris Haring together with musician Andreas Berger, dancer Stephanie Cumming and dramaturgue Thomas Jelinek, Liquid Loft constantly interconnect performances and installation in contemporary dance directly with other forms of contemporary art, in order to create a cohesive all-embracing piece of art. Their idiosyncratic visual and formal language, their distinctive acoustic stage-sets and professional dance production earned Liquid Loft international recognition and awards like the Golden Lion for “Best Performance” at the 2007 Biennale in Venice.
Photos from the performance at the 28th DWF / 30.5.2011. @ Gavella:Foto: Ksenija Španec