(Belgique, Canada, Pologne )
A black flag floats in continuous motion. Its movement and the flapping of the fabric become both choreography and sound. Presented as a single continuous action, Relay draws its inspiration from the many recent protests taking place around the globe, among them, the mass marches in Poland, in defence of women’s rights, called “Czarny Protest” (Black Protest). The black flag cannot be linked to any one particular battle and hence is open to different associations. The Polish Canadian choreographer Ula Sickle and a diverse group of performers relay one another in a test of endurance. Their movements pass back and forth between inertia and hope, resistance and powerlessness. They each individually take on the responsibility to keep the flag moving, but it is the collective effort required that makes Relay such a powerful symbol. In this version, presented out of doors, the performers partner with the wind to keep the flag afloat.
Concept & Choreography: Ula Sickle
Originally created and performed with: Popol Amisi, Liza Baliasnaja, Sidney Barnes, Amanda Barrio Charmelo, Wei-Da Chen (DaDa Jv), Ashley Ho, Edward Lloyd, Cherish Menzo, Nathan Ooms, Ula Sickle, Mohamed Toukabri, Mavi Veloso
Performers in Lausanne: Amanda Barrio Charmelo, Liza Baliasnaja, Mohamed Toukabri
With the support of Nuit Blanche 2018, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek
Executive Production & Broadcasting: Caravan Production, Brussels