In her new work SPEAKING VOLUMES Mirjam Sögner deals with geological processes, evolving landscapes and questions the role of humans within this dynamic, global apparatus.
Mountainous formations of foam, stones, plastic foils and three performers encounter each other and let the non-human have their say. The piece experiments with poetic tales of geological time, the search for our own cartographic localisation and the constant roar of drilling machines.
Since its genesis the surface of the Earth has been constantly shifting. Due to human activity such as mining, urbanisation and agriculture this reshaping process is speeding up to the point where we can now perceive the dynamic changes of landmasses.
How can we think a world that stands at the very beginning of its geological time scale? How can we comprehend the transformational processes of shellfish solidifying, of the Alps piling up or continental plates shifting over the course of millions of years?
In SPEAKING VOLUMES materials and performers interact with their different temporalities and agencies. Together they wonder how vast layers of sediment can operate inside the confined theatre space to have their say and ask about the place of the human within this structure of impermanence, formability and persistence.
Artistic Director, Choreography, Performance: Mirjam Sögner
Performance and Creation: Ana Laura Lozza, Luan de Lima
Light and Stage: Martin Beeretz
Composition: Samuel Hertz
Dramaturgy: Maja Zimmermann
Production & PR: Jana Luethje
Choreographic Assistance: Renae Shadler
Movement Coach: Angela Schubot
Costume: Mirjam Sögner & Judith Förster
A production by Mirjam Sögner, co-produced by brut Wien and SOPHIENSÆLE.
Funded by the Cultural Departement of Vienna, Federal Chancellery of Austria and Berlin Senat. Kindly supported by Tanzfabrik Berlin. First research period was made possible by Goethe Institut and Circuit-Est Montréal.