Rasp Your Soul
If the tongue is mankind's primary organ of expression, then, the choreographer asks herself, could we not perhaps consider the stage as an oral cavity in which the body is conceived as another 'tongue'?
For many years, the choreographer Kat Válastur has been exploring the various meanings with which the body-on-stage can be imbued: from the "heroic body" of her Corpus series—which took Homer's Odyssey as its starting point—to the "body as potential" as a primary and necessary condition for exploring the collective. The focus of Rasp Your Soul is the talking body, starting from the "focal point of the primordial": the mouth. If the tongue is mankind's primary organ of expression, then, the choreographer asks herself, could we not perhaps consider the stage as an oral cavity in which the body is conceived as another "tongue"? We are not referring simply to a bodily tongue, but also to the "body as language", which chews over and metabolizes the images and concepts that define it before articulating a discourse of its own.
In any case, the world can only be perceived through and via the body. Adopting this vantage point, the choreographer uses the architecture of the stage as a metaphor for the 'architecture' of the mouth: the dark hole with which Man feeds and communicates. A body has all the features of a tongue within this fleshy, dark red, wet, erotic cavity. On the one hand, the amorphous nature of the organs and their animal origins; on the other, the deep-seated desire to known what it is that constitutes the human, to grasp and devour it in all its complex beauty.
creditsConcept, Choreography, Texts/Articulation: Kat Válastur
Performed by Enrico Ticconi
Set Design & Sculptures: Leon Eixenberger
Lighting design & Lights Martin Beeretz
Sound design: Bryan Eubanks
Additional sounds/music: Kat Válastur
Assistant to the choreographer: Guilia Amici
Costumes: Kat Válastur
Wardrobe assistant: Sofia Vannini
Press & Production Office björn & björn
Touring & Distribution: Nicole Schuchardt /HAU Hebbel am Ufer
Production: Kat Válastur
Co-production: Hebbel am Ufer HAU (Berlin), Theater Freiburg, Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens, Kunstencentrum STUK (Leuven), Stichting Châtel sur Place (Amsterdam)
With the support of: the Senate Department for Culture and Europe of the State of Berlin and the Nationales Performance Netz (NPN) Co-production Fund for Dance, which is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.