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The original is unfaithful to the translation.
-- Jorge Luis Borges
We have had enough of living in square boxes. It's time to start from scratch: we take a black box theatre space and re-organise it into a space with holes in the walls. We animate it from a dead placeholder of objects into a living organism that breathes, moves, scratches, revolts and speaks. When it speaks, its language is part sound part image part darkness.
Intergalactic is a performance in which we build a world within a world and move the audience around without them ever leaving their seats.
Intergalactic is a site specific performance for a location in which it is performed: a black box, a white box or any other box-like interior.The performance is in dialogue with the physical and architectural space and the context it is performed in. It premiered in 2013 and keeps growing, changing and developing every time we perform it anew, incorporating the memory of the previous spaces in its continuous transformation.
This performance is part of the Intergalactic Project, which also includes A World, a manifesto in the form of an artwork by Andrea Bozic and Julia Willms and a composition for a global orchestra The Smallest Sound at the Biggest Distance by Robert Pravda.
Intergalactic was inspired by Jorge Luis Borges’ story Tlön Uqbar, Orbis Tertius - ‘a massive conspiracy to imagine (and thereby create) a world’.
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‘Ten years ago, any symmetrical system whatsoever which gave the appearance of order — dialectical materialism, anti-Semitism, Nazism—was enough to fascinate men. (...) Useless to reply that reality, too is ordered.’ Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius, Jorge Luis Borges
Intergalactic is the first production by Tilt, an interdisciplinary platform founded by choreographer/artist Andrea Božić, sound artist Robert Pravda and visual artist Julia Willms to inspire and support artistic practice and thinking beyond disciplines.
Premiere 7 March 2013, Frascati, Amsterdam
concept, visual space design, text and performed by Andrea Božić and Julia Willms directed by Andrea Božić concept, sound, performed by Robert Pravda performance collaboration Sonja Jokiniemi lighting design Katinka Marac technical realisation Paul Schimmel space advice Marion Traenkle technique Jeroen de Boer advice Jeroen Fabius costume Nathalie Pravda manager Tilt Karin van de Wiel photo's Ben van Duin, Karin van de Wiel
produced by Tilt co-produced by Frascati, wp Zimmer, Vooruit, Le Vivat and the International Choreographic Arts Centre (ICK) supported by DasArts and nbprojects
This performance is made possible by the financial contribution of the Dutch Performing Arts Fund, the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts and the SNSReaal Fund.