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It’s not easy being straight

Like watching Sisyphus roll his rock up the mountain, “Linearity” shows the fascinatingly endless task of imposing straightness on an irregular world. Outfitted with rolls of bright adhesive tape, two ambitious and energetic dancers restructure their environment by creating straight lines in the unlikeliest of places.

It’s as if the audience were watching a construction site. The dancers perform daring feats of precision and thrilling symmetry. Bit by bit, recognizable forms emerge on the ground and in the air.

The movement language of “Linearity” is based on an extended dialogue between straight lines and luxurious curves and wiggles. How straight do we really want to be? How many curves can we handle? The choreography looks for answers to questions that end up being surprisingly personal.

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CHOREOGRAPHY

Joshua Monten

DANCE

Alina Lugovskaya
Yiorgos Pelagias
Dario Rigaglia [alternate]
Jack Wignall [alternate]

DRAMATURGY

Florence Ruckstuhl

COSTUME DESIGN

Sandra Klimek

SOUND DESIGN

Matthias Schoch

PRODUCED BY

Tough Love

COPRODUCTION

Centre de Création Hélvetique des Arts de Rue (CCHAR)
Tanzfest Bern

WE GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGE FINANCIAL SUPORT FROM THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS

Pro Helvetia
Kultur Stadt Bern
SWISSLOS / Kultur Kanton Bern
Loterie Romande / Corodis
Burgergemeinde Bern
Gesellschaft zu Ober-Gerwern
Oertli-Stiftung

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

25-26 February 2023 (2x) — CCHAR, La Chaux-de-Fonds (CH) — try-out
3-4 May 2023 (2x) — Mosaikschule Munzinger, Bern (CH) — try-out
5 May 2023 (2x) — First Friday, Biel (CH) — try-out
12 May 2023 (2x) — Das Tanzfest Bern (CH) — premiere
3-4 February 2024 (2x) — STRTFSTVL, Ulft (NL)
1 May 2024 (2x) — La Fête de la danse, Lausanne (CH)
2 May 2024 — La Fête de la danse, Neuchâtel (CH)
3 May 2024 — La Fête de la danse, Yverdon-les-Bains (CH)
4 May 2024 — Das Tanzfest, Brig (CH)
5 May 2024 (2x) — La Fête de la danse, Vevey (CH)
24-25 May 2024 (4x) — Bergen International Festival, Bergen (NO)
2 June 2024 (2x) — Podium aan de Waal, Nijmegen (NL)
25-27 June 2024 (8x) — Schaubudensommer, Dresden (D)
29 June 2024 — Festival Opera Prima, Rovigo (I)
5-6 July 2024 (4x) — Cratère Surfaces, Alès (F)

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