CHILD is a performance that tells the story of the philosopher Rene Descartes and the death of his daughter Francine. Through the legend of Descartes building a mechanical doll to replace Francine the piece celebrates and questions our need and hopeless attempts to categorize and rationalize our emotions.
By using Descartes writings in The Passions of the Soul the piece consist of six audio-visual poems based on our six basic passions:
On stage is a mechanical doll hanging in the air together with aerial dancer Esther Wrobel, symbolizing Descartes beliefs in the separation of our BODY and SOUL. On ground is Emma-Cecilia Ajanki dances as the UNIFIED HUMAN FORM and Julia Giertz is playing live music as THE ANIMAL SPIRITS.
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Idea: Aaron Beck Conceptualization and Realization: The Mob (Emma-Cecilia Ajanki and Julia Giertz)
Live Music: Julia Giertz Choreography: Emma-Cecilia Ajanki & Esther Wrobel Scenography and Mechanical Doll: Aaron Beck On stage: Esther Wrobel, Emma-Cecilia Ajanki & Julia Giertz Costumes for Julia & Esther: Merja Hanne Ulvinen Dramaturgy: Mira Scheifer Lights: Eva U. Handberg Technical Assistent: Ricardo Meliton PR: Kir Qvortrup Graphic Design: Eileen Carpio Production: Lars Vind-Andersen and CTRL ART Production assistent: Kirstine Kyhl Andersen PR assistent: Naya Moll Documentation: Mette Carla Albrechtsen and Lea Glob Editing: Mette Carla Albrechtsen Video Teaser: Dara Smith
Pictures taken by Mira Scheifer.
CHILD made with the support from: Danish Arts Council / Statens Værksteder for Kunst / BUPL / Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilæumsfond af 1968