A collaboration between Japanese Dumb Type and Hotel Pro Forma
The collaboration between Hotel Pro Forma and Dumb Type brings together the qualities of the two performance theatres: Dumb Type´s superior preoccupation with design and modern technology has a humorous attitude to the phenomenon. Hotel Pro Forma´s creation of images contains scientific and psychological aspects combined with analysis of cultural history.
The aesthetic expression conducts a dialogue with the architecture, the space and modern performance art. In a true sense it is the meeting between two cultures that – traditionally considered – are far apart: the Japanese and the Western. They do however unite under the notion of advanced modernity in this performance.
The Banqueting Hall of the Glyptotek is encircled by columns and antique statues. A portico reveals a path to a “discovery space” in the back. The connection between the two spaces is underlined by three long platforms installed specially for this performance. On top of each platform lit plexi glass trolleys move back and forth carrying objects and performers. The pulse of the trolley is the pulse of the performance and is controlled by a computer.
A number of inspirations are vitalized in the performance: the metaphysical image-world of the Italian painter Giorgiso de Chirico (1888)1978), the modern Japanese sushi bar´s way of presenting the dishes on the belt conveyor, the fashion shows and the notion of virtual reality. The visual central perspective and the sense of scale, from remote to near and from gigantic to miniature are co-performing.
No words are spoken. All images are accompanied by the very best of Italian pop-music from the 60es and the 70es. Themes and sequences have undergone electronic manipulation.
There are no key words to understand ENIGMA OF THE LATE AFTERNOON. The seven performers – three Japanese and four Danish – all hold their specific performance qualities: youth, beauty, precision, and intelligence. There are, however, five words that may be pointed out as central to this performance: metaphysicality, modernity, central perspective, musical and painting.
2 Matematici, time of the Moon
3 Matematici, Time of the Sun
5 Grand Archeologists
6 Spetaculo Mysterioso
7 Nude descending the Staircase
8 Melanchloly of the Street
9 Death of the Spririt
10 Nostalgia of the infinite