Choreographer: Chantal Cherry Performer: Lorin Sookool Music:Unsustainable by Muse. Videographer: Gabriel
Entropy is a choreography I created for an evening program entitled ONE, consisting of thirteen solos required to challenge the definition of a ‘solo’ performance in a dance context. Hence the question posed by my piece: If only one dancer appears on stage but is accompanied by a transmitted version of herself projected alongside her, can we still define the piece as a solo? In the work, we see interplay between the movement of the projected body on a large screen, and that of the live body on the stage. At times they dance in unison, while at other times they dance a duet. Finally, the pair becomes so far removed from one another that each body could be considered to be performing unrelated solos simultaneously. The result is a three-part exploration of the relationship between human beings and technology. In Entropy we witness the projected body – a representation of technology – as it attempts to take on human-like qualities, while the live body – a representation of the human race – struggles to embody the technology with which it endlessly competes until finally, both figures are destroyed/wasted.
Technology is advancing at such a phenomenal rate that we would need to become super human in order to compare. If the rate of technological advancement continues to exponentially increase, human beings will surely burn out, guaranteeing a decline into disorder as a result of our inability to keep up with our own creation. A Frankensteinian paradox.
Performance History: The Baxter Theatre, Cape Town, South Africa (2013)