“Paper Lane” represents an act of resistance against the digital revolution and the profusion of overabundance, high-speed and high-tech life that hampers the silence necessary for meditation, introspection and reflection.
Olga de Soto (BE)
Predicated upon the need for radical deceleration, “Paper Lane” is influenced by the German sociologist and philosopher Hartmut Rosa’s Alienation and Acceleration. Towards a Critical Theory of Late-modern Temporailty. Presented as an intervention in which a single, intensified gesture is deployed in a constant movement, De Soto’s performance is equally inspired by the direct action used by the visual artist Sophie Whettnall in her works Longueur d’ondes and Plaster Landscapes.
In “Paper Lane”, her realization sculpts the surrounding space and generates the time of the action. This uninterrupted movement is devoted to continuously sundering apart a very long surface, and concentrated on splitting that which is at once its path and its support, thus becoming simultaneously a ritual, an act of endurance, and meditation.
Olga de Soto is a choreographer, dance researcher, performer and visual artist based in Brussels. Her work focuses on the themes of memory, trace, and transmission and mixes the language of choreography with those of documentary, performance, visual arts, and installation, playing with the porousness of those disciplines. Olga’s works have been presented in about twenty countries, and she is regularly invited to share her research and documentation methods in different universities in Europe, Latin America and the United States. In 2013, de Soto was awarded the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers – SACD Prize (Belgium), in the category of Performing Arts, for her research and creative work on Kurt Jooss’ The Green Table. Since 2019, she is also a guest lecturer at the Master in Dance of the Antwerp Conservatory / Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen.
VIDEO (Camille Meynard)
20:15 > 21:15
Studio Thor (Infini), Brussels
Durational performance (60′)
- Performance by and with Olga de Soto
- after a gesture by Sophie Whettnall
- Artwork element Olga de Soto
Production Niels Production, in collaboration with Centrale for Contemporary Art, Brussels. With the support of the Ministère de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles – Secteur de la danse and Grand Studio. First presented in May 2019 at La Centrale for Contemporary Art.