The duet “O” by Philippe Kratz is a small masterpiece with an unstoppable rhythm, which captures the viewer in a hypnotic way.
The idea at the base of “O” is eternity and how attaining it is humanity’s ultimate goal. As in the summer of 2017 in Hong Kong for the very first time two humanoid robots vocally interacted with one another it became clear to anyone watching that a future, in which accumulated human knowledge is passed on by communicating inorganic material, is within reach.
Therefore “O” can be seen as two human beings or two robots celebrating in a state of transcendence and emotional fulfilment, both moving to the never-ending beat of their unstoppable hearts.
And as the spaceship computer Hal in Stanley Kubrick’s movie ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ puts it: “I know I’ve made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal. I’ve still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission. And I want to help you.”
Choreography Philippe Kratz
Music Mark Pritchard e The Field
Costume design Francesca Messori
Lighting design Carlo Cerri
Duration 12′ – For 2 dancers
Production Fondazione Nazionale della Danza / Aterballetto
First prize at 32° Hannover Choreographic Competition – June 2018
Philippe Kratz is ‘Member of stARTacademy of the Bayer Arts & Culture.