HAMELIN - The Flautist & The Rats (2018)
'HAMELIN – The Flautist & The Rats' is a Butoh dance solo based on the story Der Rattenfänger von Hameln ('The Pied Piper of Hamelin'), a European folk classic compiled by the Grimm brothers, although in this case it has been reinterpreted from a contemporary perspective. This work explores two images in terms of movement: the rats and the grotesque corporeality of a being that resembles a faun (the flautist).
HAMELIN starts from the lie (NO-WORD) and from political, social and economic corruption; which not only ratify the plague of greed, depravity and the background of mainstream capitalism, but also our selfishness. They are a sarcastic and ironic symbol of the current political climate. Everybody can buy and sell. Values and ethics no longer have any meaning.
The Flautist is the image of the 'Avenger' in the form of a magical element, or divine justice and ironic view of social actions: “who laughs last, laughs longest”. It is the mercenary paid on a wage who decides to return the money to the 'people / mafia' when the pact is broken. It is a clear allusion to the hidden pacts and the treachery of the system, which is mirrored in the rats. The punishment dealt by the flautist is to lead away the children of Hamelin, who represent an image of the future, prosperity and innocence, though are yet unaware of the corruption of the system and self-egoism.
Original Idea: ORLAND VERDÚ, Direction/Dance: ORLAND VERDÚ, Music: PAVEL AMILCAR - With EMANUEL NALLIN (collaboration), Lights: AMARANTA ALBORNOZ, Photography JUSTIN P BROWN, Video KATIA KUSH.