A project by
director Julie Pfleiderer, composer Oxana Omelchuk, performer Caroline Daish and 3 musicians from Ictus Ensemble

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The 21st century Western world tries to have explanations for everything, to be in control via medicine, science, politics, economy, and social media. What if there are phenomena, gaps or research fields where we don’t find answers? What if something remains inexplicable, indefinable, incalculable? Fields of empirical knowledge that we consider valuable, particularly science, satisfy our minds but leave our body in revolt. As in Todd Haynes’ 1995 film, ‘Safe’, Carol White’s allergic reactions keep growing in intensity and duration making her life increasingly impossible. She grows weaker and weaker and it is not clear if she is a victim (of an ecological crisis, of objectifying science or of twisted pseudo medical charlatans) or an unconscious manipulator craving attention and refusing the world because she can. The performance, inspired by the film, portrays a contemporary version of hypersensitivity. As a hybrid experiment between performance and contemporary music it offers an immersive journey for the senses, beginning as a live concert and evolving into a sophisticated live radio play.

direction & concept Julie Pfleiderer
composition & concept Oxana Omelchuk
 & concept Caroline Daish
musicians Tom Pauwels (guitar), Gerrit Nulens (percussion), Hanna Kölbel (cello)
sound design Alex Fostier
script Pieter Delfosse
choreography Christine De Smedt
set, costume & light Jochen Schmitt-Thelen

Co-produced by Kaaitheater, Ars Musica, Ictus, BUDA Kortrijk, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek Brussels and Wien Modern, Brut Wien.
Thank you to PACT Zollverein.

Premiere in Brussels: 22, 23.11.2018 at Kaaistudios
Shows in Vienna: 27, 28, 29.11.2018 at Brut / Wien Modern
Shows in Kortrijk: 25 May 2019 at BUDA