Mara Mattuschka / Chris Haring - Burning Down the Palace
All of these works deal somewhat with a fake factor. Part Time Heroes handles the star concept, in a larger than life way; Running Sushi refers to comics and manga. Burning Palace, on the other hand, is based on The Art of Seduction. (…) For the human body to remain interesting, one must constantly put it in a different light or in another context. One has to look at the body sideways. With this, one achieves a large choreographic change in perspective, because everything is altered. In another context, one also experiences the body in a new way, already because you view it differently.
Burning Palace turned out to be a melancholy film. Here, I introduced five people who are in a show at a bar, who live in this hotel and have very different relationships with one another. After the show – they are already sleeping – they are woken by Pan for the night and therefore wake up to the destruction that is held within them. This often has a sexual origin or it´s mixed in together.
Mara Mattuschka is an award-winning filmmaker, actress, and visual artist of Bulgarian origin (*1959). She studied Ethnology and Linguistics at the University of Vienna from 1977 to 1983. In 1990, she graduated from the University of Applied Arts Vienna, majoring in the subjects of Painting and Animated Film in Maria Lassning´s master class. Mattuschka works and lives in Vienna.
Austrian choreographer Chris Haring worked with choreographers and companies such as DV8 Physical Theatre (London), Nikolais/Luis Dance Cie (USA), man act (GB), Nigel Charnock (GB), pilottanzt, a.o. In cooperation with multimedia artist and composer Klaus Obermaier he developed the video-dance performances “D.A.V.E.” and “VIVISECTOR” which have been successfully shown all over the world.
These films are based on choreographic works by LIQUID LOFT.