MONUMENT 0.9: Replay (2021)

Replay creates a shared space for spectators and performers, an ecosystem where living and non-living architectures, organic and inorganic bodies, material and immaterial intensities coexist to form a polyphonic world.

Following Eszter Salamon’s seminal group performance Reproduction (2004) that explored power and desire through the continuous reconfiguration of bodies, Replay explores touch, opening new perspectives and subjectivities. The performance delves into the liminal space of temporal elongation by investigating our largest organ, the skin, as a locus of sensing, vibrating and relating.

In a sensorial landscape, we are invited to experience the pleasure of moving and watching movement undoing certain boundaries linked to social norms. Replay cultivates the potentialities of bodies’ actions and voices to compose multiplicity and transformation. Here, sensations and visions cohabit through acts of infiltration, reflection and absorption to imagine a new “treatise of pleasure”.

Concept, choreography and artistic direction Eszter Salamon Choreography, voice and performance Ghyslaine Gau, Arantxa Martinez, Pol Pi, Lola Rubio, Eszter Salamon Text Eszter Salamon, Elodie Perrin Scenography concept Eszter Salamon and Garth Roberts Set Design Garth Roberts  Sound design Eszter Salamon, Cristián Sotomayor Recordings and sound environment Claudia Mattai Del Moro Viola Pol Pi Lights Catalina Fernandez Vocal Coach Johanna Peine Body Practice Joséphine Evrard Outside Eye Tamar Shelef and Christine De Smedt Perfume designer Elisabeth Schaduw Technical direction, Stage realisation  Amina Nouns Rehearsal Assistant João Carvalho Thanks to Bojana Cvejić, Santiago Doljanin, Andreas Harder, Christian Porstner, Niels Lanzendorf/Audiorama, the Freelance technicians, Ballhaus Rixdorf Studios and Uferstudios

The sound composition is using adaptations of songs such as “Segura o remo da canoa meu amor” (traditional refrain of the Embolada de Coco), “Estranha Forma de Vida” by Alfredo Marceneiro and Amália Rodrigues, “Requiem (Pie Jesu)” by Gabriel Fauré

Production Botschaft Gbr / Alexandra Wellensiek, Studio ES / Elodie Perrin / Institute of Speculative Narration and Embodiment
Production assistance  Marta Palacios Anaut

Coproduction HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Ménagerie de Verre (Paris), NEXT festival - Eurometropolis Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai + Valenciennes/Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk), festival Montpellier Danse (Montpellier), Fonds Transfabrik, a German-French Fund for Performing Arts With the support of The Regional Directory of Cultural Affairs of Ile de France – Ministry of Culture and Communication, Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Berlin and Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin

©Amélie Losier