21. For iTernity

'Requiem for an eternal dying swan'

You can visit this project from Tuesday 14 November until Saturday 18 November.

For iTernity is a choreography of light. In For iTernity, you and your fellow visitors enter a cloud of light in search of the ‘dance of the eternally dying swan’ – a famous ballet solo choreographed by Michel Kokine and danced for the first time by Anna Pavlova in 1905. The spectators themselves move as they follow the steps of the dancer in the 360-degree projection on the special screens surrounding them. So the public also becomes part of the work of art at a tangible level. This installation was inspired by the emergence of the virtual world. The Internet makes it possible for us to be everywhere simultaneously. Our profile photographs are ageless. We have become immortal at last. However, we still always need a screen...

The music that you hear is Mozart’s ‘Requiem’, sung in this case by Californian Youtube vlogger Trisha Paytas. Trisha is a deeply religious ex-porn star, who has already been reported dead on Wikipedia. Her texts about her life and death have been cut and pasted onto an MIDI score of Mozart’s music and then edited with auto-tune. In the final result, Trisha sings her own requiem as a four-voice choir. The ultimate tragedy, made possible by technology.

Katja Heitmann
Concept & choreography: Katja Heitmann Concept & music: Sander van der Schaaf Performance: Celine Werkhoven Production: This is not a show This installation is co-produced by DansBrabant, supported by PLAN Noord Brabant, Dutch Performing Arts Fund and the support of the municipality of Tilburg.

Katja Heitmann

Katja Heitmann (Hamburg, 1987) creates her works on the edge of theatre, dance, fine arts, performance and installation-art. In her performances she is fascinated what moves mankind. Does man moves its machines and systems? Or do systems move mankind? Her creations show in a poetical manner that the answer to this question is ambiguous. In 2016 Katja was awarded the Prize of the Dutch Dance Festival.

photo: Bart van Overbeeke Fotografie