September 10, 2021 21:00
When Monday came is not only an intellectual endeavour with nature’s rage, but also a deeply existential crisis that we are facing. What do we do now? The warnings have never been more apparent. We do not need more proof that something has gone terribly wrong. While driving through Australia artistic director and choreographer Ina Christel Johannessen asked herself: What happens to people when their environment burns down? What can possibly come out of a burning site? What kind of fundamental change is the destruction caused by fire representing in terms of human conditions?
These are some of the questions that she and her dancers and artistic collaborators are investigating in this performance. It is not just a question of the philosophy of the matter but the real conditions – the factual impact of the burning itself — the vision, the sound, the smell. And, of course there is the body. But the body plays both an active and passive part. It can of course die but also escape, survive, make a difference, and even change the order of things within the course of events.
So, what are the possible human consequences of an encompassing fire? Merely destruction? A new possibility? Change? When there is a fire, there are ashes. In some cultures, ashes is a source of cleansing – a connection to another life. It represents nature in a changing situation. The challenge is to bring this fundamental condition of both destruction and new life into an aesthetic frame. And who or what is Monday? Just another day? The name of a child hence the future? But how can the devastating results of a fire be so tragic and beautiful at the same time? Part of the story is that tragedy is not the accident that occurs but the recognition that it is man’s destiny.