Paradise? explores the constant longing for human connection in an age of emotional isolation.
By recontextualizing the generic physical vocabulary of the mass media it explores the myths of a consumerist utopia through a fragmented structure, humor and a repetitive and disconnected movement language.
Choreography: Kari Hoaas
Original Music: Laurent Cosani
Additional Music: Vincenzo Bellini, Ruben Gonzalez, Gotan Project, Walter Kolomoku
Lighting Design: Joe Levasseur
Set Design: Kari Hoaas
Costume Design: Kari Hoaas
Photocredit: Dona Ann McAdams
Performers: Lara Benusis, Alberto Denis, Kari Hoaas, Mei-Yin Ng, Antonio Ramos
Length: 55 minutes
October 12th, 2003, BIT-Teatergarasjen, Bergen, Norway
October 13th, 2003, BIT-Teatergarasjen, Bergen, Norway
October 15th, 2003, Tou Scene, Stavanger, Norway
November 8th, 2003, P.S. 122, New York City, USA
November 9th, 2003, P.S. 122, New York City, USA
November 10th, 2003, P.S. 122, New York City, USA
November 11th, 2003, P.S. 122, New York City, USA
March 26, 2004, Excerpts – Fridays at Noon at 92nd St Y Harkness Dance Center, New York City, USA
May 21st, 2004, Black Box Theater, Oslo, Norway
May 22nd, 2004, Black Box Theater, Oslo, Norway
May 23rd, 2004, Black Box Theater, Oslo, Norway
May 24th, 2004, Black Box Theater, Oslo, Norway
PARADISE? was commissioned by P.S. 122, New York City, with funds from the JeromeFoundation, additional funds were provided by The American Scandinavian Foundation. Development of the work was made possible with a Space Grant from the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center. Additional development funds where provided by Arts CouncilNorway and The Norwegian Audio and Visual Fund. The performances in Norway were made possible, in part, with support from The Norwegian Audio and Visual Fund.