Hygin Delimat, "Slowstepper — On the Edge of Survival"

On the Edge of Survival. In the essential need for Survival we are not different than other species. They all need food, and a proper environment to live in. However, what is it that only we, humans, need for survival? Is the sphere of life beyond survival the actual thing that differentiates us from other organisms?
Survival is visible in physical dualities: weak-strong, virtuous-vulnerable… On the one hand, there is the Body on the edge, the Body in crisis, the Body of a plane crash survivor, the Body drained of water and energy. And yet, there also exists a superhero of Survival through the trained, and prepared Body, the Body of extreme sports, the Body of Power. Movement is the main drive of the performance. Slowstepper explores extremes in terms of inner resistance, speed, duration, and a potential beauty that happens in consequence.
Tardigrades (Water Bears) are omnipresent microscopic animals that can survive in almost any conditions on Earth, regardless of extreme temperature, pressure, or radiation (also Space vacuum). Tardigrade comes from Latin and stands for “stepping slowly”.

choreography, light design, performance: Hygin Delimat
music: NASA Opensource, Karol Kensee (remix Alice Coltrane)
mentoring: Rui Horta
lights during the show: Marcin Denkiewicz
production: Hygin Delimat / Body Architects
partners (artistic residencies): Arts Printing House Vilnius, O Espaco Do Tempo Montemor-O-Novo, ProDanca Lizbona, Eira Lizbona, EKA Unity Lizbona, Polo Gaivotas Lizbona
thanks to: Viktor Janas, Ines Santos, Anton Skrzypiciel, Rita Vilhena, Noemi Wagner
premiere: 4 April 2018, Arts Printing House, Vilnius
duration: 45 minutes

The performance features strobe lights.

Hygin Delimat – choreographer and performer, lighting designer; the founder of performative group Body Architects in Vienna. He graduated in Movement Research (M.A.) and Dance Pedagogy (M.A.) from the Anton Bruckner University in Linz. A holder of the DanceWEB scholarship 2013, Ministry of Culture in Austria and the City of Linz. Hygin has choreographed works for architekturforum oberoesterreich Linz, Aura Dance Theatre Lithuania, Hannes Kerschbaumer. In his artistic research as a mover, he integrates approaches and philosophies of urban movement arts (breakdance, tricking, hip-hop) and somatic methods.


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