Portraits of Daphne
Inspired by balletic traditions of libretto and choreographic storytelling, ORACLE LEAVES sets out to radically expand the classical mythology of Daphne and Apollo through a series of portraits in motion that rewrite agency, multiplicity, and alternative continuations into this story of transformation.
As acts of escape or as punishment for the actions of men and gods, women in classical mythologies are routinely transformed into ‘un-sensual’ natural forms. In the case of Daphne fleeing from the ardent advance of Apollo, her relentlessly pursued body becomes suddenly rooted to the soil as she turns into a Laurel tree, stoic and silent.
In ORACLE LEAVES, Daphne’s life and transformation to tree is re-envisioned as a rejection of ownership and an embrace of plurality. Embodied by different performers, these portraits coalesce in ways that attempt to blur boundaries and dislodge patterns of power through the strange intimacies and entanglements that appear between multiple ways of being.
Artistic Direction and Choreography: Colette Sadler
Performance: Leah Marojevic, Mickey Mahar, Jia-Yu Corti & Sophia Burandt
Dramaturgy: Maxwell McCarthy
Music: Cassandra Miller
Sound Design: Samir Kennedy
Light and Light Object: Veli-Velis Siven
Objects: Valentin Hertweck
Costume: Flint James McDonald
Production: Dag Lohde
Supported by NATIONALE PERFORMANCE NETZ - STEPPING OUT, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR initiative. Co-production TRAMWAY Glasgow. In collaboration with Ebensperger and Luxoom Lab Berlin. Kindly supported by City Mushrooms.
Special thanks to HAU.