Golden Trash

  • 2014

  • Performance

With GOLDEN TRASH, the MichaelDouglas collective brings unreal, fictional personalities to life: colourful idols of fragile beauty. In collaboration with the artists Georg Reischl (choreography) and Cécile Martin (stage architecture), the collective creates an abstract yet highly energetic choreography about the physical processes of transformation and excess.

The term excess (from Latin: "to step out of", "to go beyond") refers here to its two meanings of transgression and debauchery. For this work, the MichaelDouglas collective researched, among other places, the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne for possibilities of communication and representation of physical forms of transgression. The dancers were particularly interested in sacred, cultic and spiritual practices such as prayer, retreats, rites, meditation, diets and their physical manifestations. However, the project also focused on forms of transgressing the boundaries of profane idols such as excessive exercise and work, drug use and intoxication. Idols live out, quasi vicariously, real experiences and states that others only imagine, think up or dream of.

The title GOLDEN TRASH reflects this complexity: Golden refers to the colourful, visible, shell-like and the English term trash alludes to negative aspects: Rubbish, trash, death, the leftover, but also kitsch, the wrong, emptiness.

Choreography Georg Reischl
Stage Cécile Martin
Music Morton Feldman ‘Patterns in a Chromatic Field’ performed live by Ruben Palma and Vittoria Quartararo
Dance Susanne Grau, Sabina Perry, Douglas Bateman, Michael Maurissens, Adam Ster
Production Assistance Ronja Nadler
Scientific documentation Doerte Weig
Press transmissions gbr
Support Kunststiftung NRW, Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes NRW , Kulturamt Stadt Köln, Sk Stiftung Kultur, RheinEnergiestiftung
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