WhyNot & Brakke Grond

Ula Sickle: Relay

Zat 25 Jan, W139
15:00 - 20:15
Full program & tickets W139

A black flag is kept in motion for hours on end. 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 one particular battle and hence defies easy interpretation. Implicit references to liberation movements are counteracted by the resurgence of flags that, in our current dictatorship of fear, mainly connote exclusionary identities.

The Polish Canadian choreographer Ula Sickle and a diverse group of performers relay one another in a fascinating 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. How is resistance still possible in a system that has managed to incorporate every form of opposition?

Concept, choreography: Ula Sickle
Live sound: Yann Leguay
Performance (Amsterdam): Popol Amisi, Ula Sickle + Local guests
Also created with and performed by: Liza Baliasnaja, Sidney Barnes, Amanda Barrio Charmelo, Wei-Da Chen, Nathan Oms, Cherish Menzo, Mohamed Toukabri, Mavi Veloso
Produced by: Caravan Production
Supported by: Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek & Nuit Blanche 2018