Description: ‘Virginised’ is a 50 minute solo by Chris Scherer which expolores dance culture from the perspective of a dance stereotype.
The audience is invited to meet Brandon, a jazz addict who desperately strives to hold onto an identity defined by dance. Through the use of documentary, mocumentary and fiction, the artist Chris Scherer, will deconstruct Brandon to articulate the line between performer and character.
Performers must transform. They sculpt their body, voice and mind to bend the audience’s perception of reality. To do this they have a process of exploration, research, play and imagination. Characters such as Brandon are rooted deeply in the performer. They are extensions of an artist’s personality, mind and memory. In ‘Virginised’, Chris will not build a character, but instead deconstruct one questioning how a character takes on a life of its own and where the separation of reality and fantasy becomes unclear to challenge perceptions of identity.
Performed and Devised by Chris Scherer
Text by Paulo Castro and Chris Scherer
Sound by Portable
Costume by Iva Wili
Set and Props by Amelle Said Saleh
Lighting Design by Felix Grimm
Production Manager Monica Ferrari
Duration: 50 minutes
Coproduction: Tanztage/ Sophiensaele and Helpmann Academy
Photography by Jason Richter, Emilien Leonhardt, Frank Hellwig and Dieter Hartwig
Video by Uli Decker
Premiere in the Sophiensaele (Festsaal), Berlin, January 8th 2012.