24 – 26 Sep 2023
| Festival explore dance #4
| Young dance
“My father gave me a crocodile skull for my second birthday. I named him Horace. Horace was once a 4.5 meter crocodile that lived on the north coast of Australia. When he was old, he swam into the mangrove swamp to return peacefully to earth, and that’s where my father found him.”
Horace is a duet between Renae Shadler and a crocodile skull. The pop up explores the regenerative cycle of life and is based on Renae’s lifelong friendship with the bone and their many adventures together. The audience moves through worlds filled with underwater creatures, becomes Horace's prey and tries to escape him, swims in the bottomless ocean with all its secrets and beauties, and ends up becoming a crocodile themselves. Horace raises the question of how we can coexist with animal companions and their environment, and be friends with living creatures long after they have died.
Choreography, performance: Renae Shadler Dramaturgy, workshop: Anne Welenc Set, costume design: Camille Lacadee Music, composition : Jonathan Reiter Creative producer, distribution: Dörte Wolter Outside eye: Moos van den Broek A production by explore dance – Netzwerk Tanz für junges Publikum, a cooperation of fabrik moves Potsdam, Fokus Tanz | Tanz und Schule e.V. Munich, K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg and HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste. Supported by TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as well as the Department of Culture and Media of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the Cultural Department of the State Capital Munich and the Bavarian State Association for Contemporary Dance with funds from the Bavarian State Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs, as well as the State Capital Potsdam and the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture of the State of Brandenburg, the Saxon State Ministry of Science and Art and the State Capital Dresden. With the kind support of the ART MENTOR FOUNDATION LUCERNE. Internet: www.renaeshadler.com Duration: 30 minutes