General Humanity Lab 1

IN THE MOOD FOR MUD

Developed for and performed at Három Holló, Budapest, 25 March 2018

Concept: Ingrid Hoelzl; Co-creation and performance: Ingrid Hoelzl and Emese Kovacs; Dramaturgy: Remi Marie; Production manager: Bence Krausz; Camera: Gergő Lukács, Postproduction: Kristof Lab.

IN THE MOOD FOR MUD, Performers: Emese Kovacs and Ingrid Hoelzl; left: BINGE SCREAMING: right: BLINDFOLDED WRESTLING. Photos by KNI.

IN THE MOOD FOR MUD was a performance based on the idea of “stringfigures”, a concept by Donna Haraway built on the cat’s cradle game, an age-old game to create ever more complex string figures with a looped string. The performance consisted of a series of “action-dances” aimed to strip contemporary dance from its focus on spectacle and experimental music from its neglect of the bodily and spatial dimensions of performance through a rigorous formal setup, a boxing ring. Two performers (Hoelzl and Kovacs) engaged in short “transactions” on a boxing stage, including a blind-folded wrestling match, a musical “chase” and a final deconstructed ballet.

IN THE MOOD FOR MUD, Performers: Emese Kovacs and Ingrid Hoelzl; MUSICAL CHASE. Photo by KNI.

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