In “The Seventy Deadly Sins” the Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop explores the relationship between humans, animals and plants. Developed by the Israeli stage director Ariel Efraim Ashbel together with the French-Congolese artist Paul Maheke and the American composer Ethan Braun, this performative-musical installation depicts human protagonists adopting animal- and plant-like strategies that enable them to increasingly peel away their human shell. The project seeks speculative possibilities for humans to coexist with animals and plants on a less hierarchical basis that surmounts the dichotomy between humans and animals, culture and nature, and reason and sin. What can we learn from the specific sensuality of flora and fauna?
Seventy compositional and performative miniatures comprise the frame of the investigation. Ariel Efraim Ashbel will arrange the sequences into a spatial score characterised by the non-hierarchical interplay of performers, musicians, plants, objects and sounds. The audience is invited to move freely through the room. Mimicry, improvisation, deceleration and rooting are used as strategies to free oneself from the composition and disciplining of the musician’s body in order to achieve a unique form of collective musical performance. Throughout the performance, the artists look for those moments in which something originally non-human, animalistic, botanical and informal reveals new possibilities.
Artistic director: Ariel Efraim Ashbel, Boram Lie
Composer: Ethan Braun
Set designer: Paul Maheke
Dramaturge: Anna von Glasenapp
Artists: Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, Jessica Gadani
Autumn 2022: Tmu-na Theater, Tel Aviv
6 August, 2021 to 8 August, 2021: Performances
Radialsystem V, Berlin