In residency from November 28 to December 09, 2016
Flood is a choreography of appearances and disappearances. When someone enters a space, there is an immediate sense of anticipation: what is this person going to do? When someone exits, suspense and curiosity also arises: where did that person go? When will they return? Through these simple actions, the performance reflects on appearance and disappearance as a dominant mode of experiencing the world today, at a time when accelerating technological development also means an accelerating loss of older techniques and beliefs, not to mention an accelerating deterioration in the natural environment.
In between the entrances and exits the dancers perform a series of movements that seem to repeat, but in fact are in a constant state of transformation; older fragments of movement are lost and replaced by newer, updated versions of the same movement. The dancing accelerates as body parts shoot through the space like tiny missiles projected toward and away from the self and others. At other moments, the dancing suddenly decelerates, revealing details that would otherwise be invisible at such high speeds. Flood looks at the dominance of “high-speed” values, and wonders if it is really possible to interrupt this trend of acceleration by intentionally slowing down.
In the midst of our throwaway society and the flood of new technologies and ever-more frequent product updates, Linehan questions the cultural dominance of the new. At the same time, he considers what is disappearing and what is becoming superfluous as our social behaviors and our surroundings transform at an ever-faster pace.
— Daniel Linehan
Linehan first studied dance in Seattle and then moved to New York in 2004. His work first came to public attention in 2004 with the solo Digested Noise, presented in Fresh Tracks at Dance Theater Workshop. In 2005 and 2006, he worked with a team of four other dancers to create The Sun Came and Human Content Pile. Linehan was a 2007-2008 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. In 2007, Linehan premiered the solo Not About Everything, which has since been presented in over 75 venues internationally. In 2008, Linehan moved to Brussels where he completed the Research Cycle at P.A.R.T.S. His works created in Belgium include Montage for Three (2009), Being Together without any Voice (2010), Zombie Aporia (2011), Gaze is a Gap is a Ghost (2012), and The Karaoke Dialogues (2014).
In Feb. 2015, Linehan premiered Un Sacre du Printemps at deSingel in Antwerp. In Nov. 2015, Linehan will premiere dbddbb at Opéra de Lille.
February 24 + 25, 2017
deSingel Campus des Arts International (Anvers, BE)