Set and costume design for ‘Old News’ Origen Festival Cultural, Riom, Switzerland

Does the end ever justify the means?

Can acts of terror and abuses of power ever be justified by good intentions, and might redeeming features be found even in the personalities of some of history’s most tyrannical characters?

Old News controversially challenges our assumptions around the concept of absolute evil, and our often one-dimensional perception of historical figures to examine holistically the multi-dimensional human behind the atrocities, conveying their triumphs, emotions, motivations and fears. In expressing the duality of power and oppression, the atemporality of tyranny in human behaviour is exposed through the performances of each dancer. Roles change; power shifts; time, place and scale are irrelevant.

ChoreographyDustin Klein

ConceptDustin Klein, Louise Flanagan, Simon Karlstetter

Set and costume design – Louise Flanagan

MusicSimon Karlstetter

Sound design – Karim Weth

Lighting design – Marc Laperrouze

Dancers – Nicha Rodboon, Maria Daniela González Muñoz, Jonah Cook, Nicholas Losada, Dukin Seo

Premiere – 16th July 2017

Photos – Bowie Verschuuren