Stranger Than Paradise, vaguely associatively linked to Jim Jarmusch’s wintery Eighties road movie, is a genuinely film-choreographed work: a hybrid, subtly futuristic chamber play for eight people and an investigative camera. Almost hesitantly, the view approaches “from outside”, as it were, from an imaginary auditorium, the erratic actions of the performers, soon developing a pull that is otherwise difficult to produce on the stage. The concave mirrors are a key to this work, the flowing images they produce aim at melancholy and eeriness. Stranger Than Paradise, set in sunken moods and deceptive images, is an elegy that marks the transition from one species to the next, is a reflection of the systematic expansion of human capacities into the mechanical, the animalistic, and sometimes the “monstrous” mixed animal-human existence into it.

The choreographic film-project Stranger Than Paradise was published as video-on-demand in co-operation with Tanzquartier Wien.

Still / Stranger Than Paradise was presented as a combined evening of live-performance (Still) and film (Stranger than Paradise) at ImPulsTanz Vienna Int. Dance Festival 2021.

Dance, Choreography: Luke Baio, Stephanie Cumming, Dong Uk Kim, Katharina Meves, Dante Murillo, Anna Maria Nowak, Arttu Palmio, Hannah Timbrell
Artistic Direction, Choreography: Chris Haring
Video Production, Camera: Michael Loizenbauer
Sound Concept, Composition: Andreas Berger
Light Design, Scenography: Thomas Jelinek
Camera: Kurt van der Vloedt (Artvan)
Costumes: Stefan Röhrle
Production Design: Liquid Loft
Theory, Text: Stefan Grissemann
Stage Management: Roman Harrer
Distribution: sixpackfilm
International Distribution Stage Performance: APROPIC – Line Rousseau, Marion Gauvent
Production Management: Marlies Pucher
Production: Liquid Loft

Music arranged by Andreas Berger. Additional, rearranged music by Penelope Trappes – The Hair Shirt, Eurythmics – Aqua. A production by Liquid Loft in cooperation with Tanzquartier Wien. Liquid Loft is supported by: Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien (MA7) and Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur, öffentlichen Dienst und Sport (BKMÖS).

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January 2022
08 Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart (DE)

April 2022
07 Diagonale Festival des Österreichischen Films, Graz (AT)
09 Diagonale Festival des Österreichischen Films, Graz (AT)

June 2022
26 Cinedans/ Dance on Screen, Amsterdam (NL)

January 2021
28 Tanzquartier Wien, Vienna (AT) (premiere)
29 Tanzquartier Wien, Vienna (AT)
30 Tanzquartier Wien, Vienna (AT)

March 2021
26 Tanz.Ist Dornbirn, Dornbirn (AT)
27 Tanz.Ist Dornbirn, Dornbirn (AT)
28 Tanz.Ist Dornbirn, Dornbirn (AT)

July 2021
08 Theaterfestival Spectrum, Villach (AT)

August 2021
14 ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival, Vienna (AT)
12 ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival, Vienna (AT)

September 2021
24 Light Moves Festival of Screendance, Limerick (IE)
25 Light Moves Festival of Screendance, Limerick (IE)

October 2021
17 Animatter media art Victoria, BC (CAN)
18 Animatter media art Victoria, BC (CAN)

Photo by: Chris Haring

For more informations, press map, riders, financial conditions, please contact Line Rousseau or Marion Gauvent