In our age of constant transformations, the dancing human body always holds an element of powerlessness. Watching someone flail their arms around on stage is a little weird considering everything else that’s going on in the world. The solo project Alles Vergängliche is an effort by one dancer to swallow the world, by engaging with two other attempts to manifest the universe in a single setting: Gustav Mahler’s 8th symphony, which Mahler himself said is intended to contain everything; and daily newscasts, which choose to include certain stories and exclude others, to give the supposedly most complete picture possible of what is going on in the world. That is no more realistic than dancing by one’s self to Mahler, but David Bloom draws upon his experience as Musician, Dancer, and Jewish Mystic, and explores what, if any, generative power lives within the human body itself, in the face of an unprecedented daily confrontation with “everything”.
Choreography & Performance by David Bloom
With excerpts from the 8th Symphony by Gustav Mahler, Sir Simon Rattle & the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on EMI Classics.
Special thanks for time, space, childcare, tech support, conceptual and emotional support to Lúthien, Elliot, Federica, Ma, Moss Beynon Juckes, Javier Cura, Jassem Hindi, Alain Franco, Frank Willens, Conny, Maik, and Uferstudios Berlin, Dock11 & EDEN, Gabi Beier & ada Studios, Bogna Jaroslawski, Ludger, Martin, & the Tanzfabrik Team
Co-Production: Tanzfabrik Berlin. Tanzfabrik Berlin’s performance program in supported by the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.