im Studio der Dampfzentrale
«SAUNA» (work in progress) is a meta-fictional reflection about identity, cohabitation and survival stragegies. Told from the perspective of an unborn child inside a womb it questions the reliability of narration, juggles with knowledge and facts that are largely obscure and thus suggests a new metaphorical Virtual Reality. The obsessive personality of the prenatal storyteller is driven by an unconditional claim for self-determination while at the same time being tied to this other body via the umbilical cord, a symbol of pure dependence and connection. Contemplating dystopian future scenarios, witnessing the trivia of everyday conversations or indulging in excentric navel-gazing, the tale evolves around the contradictions and promiscuity that shape our lifestyle: the either radically intimate or radically superficial.
Malika studied theatre in Zurich and contemporary dance in Salzburg (SEAD) and NYU Tisch School of Performing Arts. She works as a dancer, choreographer, sound poet and DJ. Besides collaborating with SUPERAMAS, Tino Sehgal, Myriam Van Imschoot, Deborah Hazler, Costas Kekis she develops her own work which includes co-productions with Tanzquartier Vienna, Brut, WUK, ImPulsTanz, Sound:Frame Festival, Tanzhaus Zürich, Art Basel, Zentrum Paul Klee and Dampfzentrale Bern, Pianofabriek Brussels, Golden Days Festival Copenhagen and Mladi Levi Festival Ljubljana.
Premiere: January 12th, 2018 WUK Vienna.
The work is being developed with the artistic and productional support of Huggy Bears, a supportive platform for emerging artists by SUPERAMAS.
Residency partners: Life Long Burning, Cullberg Ballet Stockholm, CAMPO Ghent, Dampfzentrale Bern.
Picture: Maria Ritsch