A project by
director Julie Pfleiderer, composer Oxana Omelchuk, performer Caroline Daish and 3 musicians from Ictus Ensemble
One of the great dystopias of the twentieth century: everything is going very well, the specialists are on it, explanations are followed by more explanations. However one woman continues to be obstinately and inexplicably allergic to everything.
Ladies and gentlemen, are you ready for a musical immersion in the source of the hyperexcitability of a silent and rebellious body? Safe starts out like a live concert, but gradually transforms into a sound journey into the innermost being, using headphones and the binaural stereo technique.
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
performance & concept Caroline Daish
musicians Tom Pauwels (guitar), Gerrit Nulens (percussion), Hanna Kölbel (cello)
sound design Antoine Delagoutte
script Pieter Delfosse
choreography Christine De Smedt
set, costume & light Jochen Schmitt-Thelen
Produced by Ictus & Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek
Co-produced by Kaaitheater, Ars Musica, BUDA Kortrijk, Wien Modern, Brut Wien
Thank you to PACT Zollverein
Thank you to Bart Van den Eynde
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 Kortrijk