MARS II is a poetic account of the impact of catastrophes on our thinking. These days ecological disasters, economic crises and terrorist attacks seem to be constantly hanging over our heads. In its obsession with risk, modern-day Western society has sometimes been described as a ‘risk society’, largely organized around preventing risk. Does perhaps the human race have a need for stories of catastrophes in rather the same way as a child enjoys a gruesome fairy story? After all, our focus on a specific threat also activates us: the fear of a possible disaster makes us determined to avert it with every possible means. In that respect every apocalyptic scenario, however likely or unlikely, is a sort of secular ‘memento mori’ – a reminder of our mortality.
In this musical performance Karl Van Welden works with the impact of volcanic ash on music and on the pianist (Frederik Croene) who produces the music. At the outset, volcanic ash particles fall gently and harmlessly enough. After a while, the dark volcanic ash rains down exponentially on the musician and his instrument, slowly but surely transforming the sound and image.
Dates in-situ version:
HASSELT (BE) | CC Hasselt
KORTRIJK (BE) | Festival van Vlaanderen
13 MAY 2017
UZÈS (FR) | Église Saint-Étienne
18 JUNE 2016
Concept | Direction | Sound | Composition: Karl Van Welden – Dramaturgy: Bart Capelle – Sound | Composition | Pianist: Frederik Croene – Sound | Composition | Sound engineer: Vincent Malstaf – Machinery | Realisation: Maarten De Vrieze – Lighting design: Jelle Moerman | Reynaldo Ramperssad – Production: wpZimmer (BE) – Co-production: Vooruit (BE) | Gessnerallee (CH) | Uzès Danse (FR) | Le Vivat (FR) | IN SITU: TAKT Dommelhof (BE) | La Strada (AT) | METROPOLIS (DK) – With the support of: Flemish Government | LOD muziektheater (BE) – Thanks to: Piano's Maene