By Sildenafil Fairy (Hungary)
Where: Corpus / A-salen, The Royal Danish Theatre
When: Wednesday, January 17, at 8PM
Duration: 60 min.
Price: 50-80 kr. Buy tickets here.
TROPICAL ESCAPE is a study of filthy dreams and the first of a series of collaborations between Márcio Canabarro and Csaba Molnár. In 2016 the piece was awarded The Laban Prize of choreography in Hungary as the best performance of the season. The piece has its head wrapped around politics of fantasy, the labour of pleasure, the exotic as fetish, the economy of the obscene. Escapism as form of resistance.
The politics of fantasy: the awareness of the cultural tropes and semiotics of our fantasies, the articulation of movement (dance) as a political manifestation of this references. E.g.: reflection on first masturbatory fantasies, context and implications, reflection on what is understood as good or pleasant. Biopolitics.
The labour of pleasure: connects with craft in creating paradises, exuberant, vivid imagery – the physical work involved on the stimulation of pleasure, e.g.: sexual intercourse, metabolism, hormonal liberation. Or the working hard/being good – reward dynamic. Seduction. Rhythm. Drag-queens.
The exotic as fetish: the sexualization of the exotic, race, the tropical “behavior”, the otherness, the anthropomorphism of nature, or natural phenomena, e.g: weather and its equivalence to gods and mythological imaginary and life cycles: birth, reproduction, fecundity, death. Story telling. Reality-show, melodrama. Creation of icons.
The economy of the obscene: Relating desire with capital; non tangible, virtual, sensorial experiences and values as goods. The exchange of “non public” material. Pornography, prostitution, promiscuity, cabaret and other events that are established in the context of privacy, not regulated by the state. The commercialization and construction of sex and gender, the fiction of binary sexuality versus the concept of speaking bodies. The drug market. Development of utopias and forbidden/vulgar areas.
Escapism as alternative of resistance: configuring other experiences and the need to survive normality (white-straight- monogamic-neoliberal- normative) and humor as refuge and method of processing and satirising cultural/social information to generate dialogue and knowledge.
Performers: Csaba Molnár and Márcio K. Canabarro
Performance: Sildenafil Fairy
Light design: Mervel Miklós
Costumes and set: Sildenafil Fairy
Tropicats: Cuhorka Emese and Garai Julia.
Photos: Tom O´Doherty
The Festival Managers pronounce:
“We present for the first time an international guest-performance at Det Frie Felts Festival. We think it´s important for the independent scene in Denmark to meet and get inspired by and share knowledge with their peers from abroad. TROPICAL ESCAPE has been selected by the festival-directors and is not curated as part of the Open Call. TROPICAL ESCAPE is the first collaboration between performers, dancers and choreographers Csaba Molnár(Slovakia) and Márcio K. Canabarro (Brazil) under the company name Sildenafil Fairy. The artists are based partly in Berlin, Germany and Budapest, Hungary. It was created as an independent project where the two performers took time off from their engagement in various productions for other dance companies. They didn´t have any funding for it and they focused on creating a performance that they really wanted to see themselves. They came up with a cross aesthetic performance, mixing elements of contemporary dance, ballet, performance lecture and live art in a playful and entertaining way.”
“There was a point where it became clear to us the wish to talk to the audience. The Hungarian political conjecture plus the current discussions about the value of Art, Dance and Improvisation in Budapest, made us want to speak up. Therefore we decided to Map Tropical Escape and put the whole piece in context. We called this the crouch of the piece, where we show the “hidden parts”, the referential land we were creating with. We wanted to open a window through which the audience could see through a legacy / linage / history that unfolds the issues we were dealing with. And this graphic was the path we made. A map to escape. A map of resistance.”