In BATS, the bat serves as a model for an unsettling deeply probing journey. It marks the contagious beginning of the corona crisis as the crossing of a boundary between fundamentally different beings. Its bite transforms us; the zoonosis makes us all the same. BATS is a bloodthirsty, dark, infectious piece about man as beast in a programmed reality. As a sensual creature between archaic and science fiction, dance and technology, echolot and infrared. Based on the bat's deeply sensitive orientation in space, Sebastian Weber, one of the innovators of contemporary tap dance, has developed a dense choreography with his company that juxtaposes real and virtual spaces. Rough, body-smart tap dance combines with hyper-realistic visual effects to create a hybrid beyond the boundaries of the stage.
Choreography: Sebastian Weber + Company
Dance: Andrea Alvergue, Helen Duffy, Janne Eraker, Gaetan Farnier, Vilma Kananen, Nikolai Kemeny, Samuel Vère
Choreographic Assistant: Michela Pesce
Music: Michio Woirgardt
Stage Design: Michiel Jansen
Media Art: Holger Pförterer
Videostream: Raphael Hahn
Costume Design: Nele Sternbild
Dramaturgy: Guy Cools
Production Manager: Josepha Vogel
A production of the SEBASTIAN WEBER DANCE COMPANY gGmbH i.Gr., co-produced by LOFFT - Das Theater, Hessian State Ballet as part of the Tanzplattform Rhein-Main, HELLERAU - European Centre for the Arts, Theaterhaus Jena, Tempel Kulturzentrum/Festival TANZ KARLSRUHE.
Supported by the Cultural Office of the City of Leipzig, the Fonds Darstellende Künste as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR programme and the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony (co-financed by taxes on the basis of the budget passed by the Saxon State Parliament).
Photos: Jörg Singer