The new production Pontifex of Marta Navaridas & Alexander Deutinger is part III of the thematic series Iconic Rhetorics, which deals with iconic figures of our times. These figures serve the artists as projection surfaces for their choreographic discourse: The relations between gesture and speech, external and internal perception, exposure and fragility are negotiated on stage.
After the previous works of Your Majesties on Barack Obama and Queen of Hearts on Princess Diana, Pontifex takes a close look at Pope Francis.
Pontifex is a reaction to the skilful media portrayals of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the 266th Pope, aka Francis. Time’s Person of the Year 2013, he tweets in nine languages to over 32 million followers. In 2015 he releases a music album called “Wake Up!” on Believe Digital Label, which promptly lands him on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine.
On his World Tours, he holds press conferences on airplanes, meets with Heads of States, pays a flying visit to the European Parliament and adresses the UN General Assembly. In 2016, US-Magazine Forbes ranks him as #5 of the Worlds Most Powerful People.
Francis polarises with his critical positions on economic, social and environmental issues. Causing controversies across camps, he shakes the dusty image of the Catholic Church to the core.
In all this the question arises: What is this person’s public role? Is he a Superhero-Pop-Pope-Politician? A new left-wing icon? A conservative figurehead? A hologram developed by Sony?
Marta Navaridas and Alex Deutinger both studied Translation, Contemporary Dance and Choreography. Their artistic work explores performative ways of text- and movement manipulation. Their pieces depart from texts – mainly speeches – on current social and political topics, which they translate for the stage, playing with different genres, ranging from Dance, Spoken Word and Lecture Performance to Live Concert. In Pontifex, Marta and Alexander are supported on stage by musician Adina F. Camhy, whose brash and beautiful sounds between noise, low and high tide blur stylistic borders.
Concept and Performance: Alex Deutinger and Marta Navaridas
Performance & Music: Adina F. Camhy
Costumes: Johanna Lakner
Lights: Svetlana Schwin
Sound: Stefan Ehgartner
Outside Eyes: Monika Klengel, Frans Poelstra
Sound Advice: Guenther Berger
Production: Performanceinitiative 22
Coproduction: SZENE Salzburg / apap
Touring and Production Management: Sophie Schmeiser
Supported by: Bundeskanzleramt Österreich, Kulturamt der Stadt Graz, Kultur Land Steiermark, apap advancing performing arts project, EU Culture Programme, Atelier Sì Bologna, tanzfabrik Berlin / apap studio, Theater im Bahnhof, Centrale Fies, IG Tanz Graz, Das andere Theater