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.
Choreography – Dustin Klein
Set and costume design – Louise Flanagan
Music – Simon 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