31 jan–2 feb. Tilman O’Donnell: History Was Written by the Losers / Hoedown Showdown
Jan 31 at 7pm
Feb 1 at 7pm
Feb 2 at 5pm
History Was Written by the Losers / Hoedown Showdown is the latest work by David Kern (US/IL), Tamar Lamm (IL) and Tilman O’Donnell (DE/US/SE).
History Was Written By the Losers / Hoedown Showdown examines and calls into question the way history is generally presented and propagated. The title is a play on the cliché ”History is written by the victors.” Here the losers, with earnest conviction, humor and a touch of melancholy, interrogate the very efficacy of history itself.
Part satire, part concert, and part performance, the piece borrows from traditional American country western dancing to combine with a contemporary take on a short form vocal poetry known as ”hoedown”. A hoedown is a traditional rhyming game, a call and response where the performer must create a premise and then resolve it in the short space of 4 bars of music. The subjects of this hoedown are revered historical figures: Ghandi, Einstein, Socrates, Abraham Lincoln, Freud, etc.
The performers appear as lonely cowboys and or stray dogs. Though not always clear who is dog and who is human they are all no doubt the losers mentioned in the title. They posses a uniquely skewed sense of history and time. As the work unfolds these itinerant figures weave an ulterior history through the repetition of their hoedown and inquiry of their dance. From the sublime to the ridiculous these stories rest not on solid fact but on poetic logic and imaginative landscapes.
Concept, Choreography, Performance: David Kern, Tamar Lamm, Tilman O’Donnell
Text: David Kern & Tilman O’Donnell
Light: Thomas Zamolo
Israel Choreographers Association
Israeli Ministry for Culture and Sport