Burnt [The Eternal Long Now]
Photo: Mael G. Lagadec
Burnt [The Eternal Long Now]
Photo: Vakulya Zoltán
Burnt [The Eternal Long Now]
Photo: Vakulya Zoltán
Burnt [The Eternal Long Now]
Photo: Stanislav Dobak
Burnt [The Eternal Long Now]
Photo: Stanislav Dobak
Burnt [The Eternal Long Now]
Photo: Stanislav Dobak

In Burnt [ the eternal long now ], LEE\VAKULYA choreo­grap­hi­cally explores burnout as a collec­tive, social phenomenon. In a relent­less drive of action and effort, three dancers burn their energy into a danced rat race—a dance that mirrors a widely shared feeling of unrest and exhaus­tion.

Although a very lonely experience, burnout is a social phenomenon that we collec­ti­vely endure, but also unwillingly allow and sustain. Burnt brings it to the foreground as a shared problem that shouldn’t remain confined to private spheres, as if taboo. We don’t burnout en masse because of personal flaws, kids, or an unexpected loss, but because overwork, overwhelm and anxiety are structural to how our lives are built. Never have we been so busy, and never has our future been more hopeless. Capita­list economy, when left unleashed by politics, generates a systemic overdrive that doesn’t only push social bonds and mental health toward disinte­gra­tion, but also atrophies our imagina­tion, and obviously destroys natural environ­ments.

Taking this reality as point of departure, Zoltan Vakulya and Chen-Wei Lee created a dance that explores extreme fatigue in relation to others. Chen-Wei Lee, Charlotte Petersen and Esse Vander­bruggen drive themselves into exhaus­tion, both together and alone. Sweat and determi­na­tion are shared, eagerness feeds even more eagerness, and drives their common motor into overheat. The question we are left with is if the beauty of their efforts to support each other doesn’t tragically trigger their collec­tive downfall.

Residencies
kunstencentrum nona, VIERNULVIER Ghent, Thor Brussels, L'animal a L'esquena Celra, Staatstheater Darmstadt. Taishin Bank Foundation for Arts and Culture.

Cast

Choreography LEE/VAKULYA
Director Vakulya Zoltan
Music Gryllus Abris
Dramaturgy Alice Van der Wielen-Honinckx, Zoltán Vakulya
Lighting Design Bert Van Dijck, Xavi Moreno
Stage Design LEE\VAKULYA
Stage Advisor Ding-Yeh Wang
Costume Design LEE\VAKULYA
Costume Design Advisor Eric Tsai
Production kunstencentrum nona
Dancers Chen-Wei Lee, Esse Vanderbrugge, Charlotte Petersen

Sponsors

Flemish Culture Ministry of Belgium, Taiwan National Culture and Arts Foundation, Sunny Weng

DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT
Weiwuying National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts