Sometimes reality is too complex for oral communication, but legend embodies it in a form that enables it to spread all over the world. Jean-Luc Godard, Alphaville.

In collaboration with video artist Cindy Lee and performers Vanessa Le Mat, Roberta Mosca, Krisha Swiat and Mario Zambrano, Fiftyfourville is a choreographic work that questions the processes of living and connecting that inhabit the way we construct and view the world around us. Following on from Infinite Temporal Series, which was inspired by the labyrinth as a literary motif to explore narrative structures, Fiftyfourville relates the concept of the labyrinth to that of the Deleuzian rhizome. The labyrinth is defined both by the path that leads one into the centre and the path that leads one astray. In contrast to centred systems with hierarchical modes of communication and pre-established paths, the rhizome is an acentred, non-hierarchical system, devoid of formal organisation and defined solely by a circulation of states. Reflecting on the film Alphaville –Godard’s dystopian universe in which a central automaton dictates all individual orientation, Lang uses these three spatio-temporal models to investigate the production of physical language, choreographic structure and modes of perception.

56 min
10m x 10m
4 x performers

Hebbel-am-ufer (HAU 3) Berlin, GERMANY 2004
Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf GERMANY 2005
Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt GERMANY 2004
Rencontres choregraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis Paris FRANCE 2005
Kalamata International Dance Festival, GREECE 2005

Co-production: Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt, Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis Paris

Supported by: STUK kunstencentrum Leuven, Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V aus den Mitteln der Beauftragten des Bundes für Kultur und Medien