The french poet Delphine de Girard says:
"The instinct is the nose of the mind"
The instinct is an inherited, typically defined behaviour pattern, which presents a reaction to specific stimuli. It is something we cannot learn - it happens on a natural way without even thinking about it.
Some behaviour is a combination of instincts and training, like language.
To kill an other person, is this a stimulus to save the own life - "learned behaviour"?
What brings soldiers to kill others in fight or in war? Is it the survival instinct or is an ideology hidden behind it?
Adrenalin is released in the body, our heartbeat increases, blood is pumped faster into our muscles and limbs. Our consciousness, our sight, our impulses - all is more intensified and quickened.
How are dance and body language bound to our primary senses? Are reflexes and instincts the same?
"All instincts, which do not unload outwards turn inwards."
(Friedrich Nietzsche, Zur Genealogie der Moral. Eine Streitschrift, 1887)
The ensemble explores these elements in its production. It looks at 2018 as the year in which 100 years before a war ended, the First World War which has led the human race to extreme cruelty and has marked it in its cruelty.
Arrangement and dance: Sergio Antonino, Miriam Engel, Viola Gasparotti, Avi Kaiser, Lidia Luciani
Music: Tomer Avraham, Florian Walter, Emily Wittbrodt
Sound and Design: Wolfram Lakaszus
A production of the Kaiser Antonino Dance Ensemble - The Roof TanzRaum
Cultural office of Duisburg, Ministery for "Kultur und Wissenschaft" of NRW