by Die Wolke art group. 14-15 Oct 2017 at Vitruvian Thing (vitruvianthing.com)
A clockmaker’s daughter, Clementine has never known anything other than a punctual life. Of late, she has been exploring beyond the hub, even though she overheard a person from the maintenance crew tell her father that it might not be safe anymore. But he is an alarmist, father said. No reason to fret. After all, her routine repeated itself with such impeccable precision that even small variations seemed uncanny. Her little excursions providedperspective on a world she can’t really figure out.
Clementine: Olina Economidou
Henrietta: Anna Kyriazi
Eloise: Drosia Triantaki
Trumpet: Dimitris Dalezis
Bass clarinet: Thanos Sideris
Voice of Thaddeus Rowley: Dani Joss
Choreography: Drosia Triantaki
Costumes: Maria Louvari
Music: Dimitris Dalezis, Dani Joss
Production: Die Wolke art group
Taking place in a universe inspired by early industrialism, steampunk, and the futurist works of the early 20th century, the story follows three characters, Henrietta, Clementine, and Eloise, and their relationship to a machine tied to their world's ecosystem. As control of the situation is gradually lost, the interactions between the three intensify… Their only clue is a radio transmission of unknown origin, fragments of which are received at critical plot points. Is it a whisper from the future, a message from another, parallel world, or something even stranger? Cascade feeds the viewer’s imagination and challenges him/her to immerse in the world of collision of the natural and the mechanical.
Thematically, Cascade is about climate change, cumulative phenomena, and points beyond which it is impossible to recover, supported by extensive use of sound art, diffused in quadraphonic surround sound. The music draws upon the traditions of musique concrète, while expanding its discourse to embrace instrumental arrangements, with live trumpet and bass clarinet, as well as cinematic sound design. Control and the loss thereof demarcate a condition that defines the kinetic “cascade” of the choreographic intent.