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An ode to weirdness in contemporary dance

The 20th Cyprus Contemporary Dance Festival continues on Saturday with the Austrian participation at the Rialto theatre in Limassol.

The Liquid Loft dance group of the famous choreographer Chris Haring will present an ode to weirdness and messiness, set to the controlled chaos of grimaces and erupting dance.

The dance group, which performed on our island in 2011 as part of the European Dance Festival, thrilled the audience at the time, and the dancers are ready to do it again. This time the piece is ‘Candy’s Camouflage’, a dreamlike piece which is surreal and ambiguous.

Projections of the feminine – or what one may take for it – are called up in this piece. Deceptive stereotypes and fragile clichés are put to the tests they deserve. In ‘Candy’s Camouflage’, the colourful frenzy of previous pieces dissolves into the moody black and white of film noir. What remains are the tools of camouflage and deception, providing the possibility of creating a new self again and again.

The Austrian choreographer Chris Haring has worked with choreographers and companies such as DV8 Physical Theatre (London), Nikolais/Luis Dance Cie (USA), man act (UK), Nigel Charnock (UK), pilottanz One of the main influences on his performances, such as Fremdkorper (Best Performance at Biennale de La Danse in Lyon 2004) is science fiction and the human body as a cybernetic landscape. Since 2005, he has been artistic director of Liquid Loft.

In 2010 Chris Haring received the Outstanding Artist Award for performing arts from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Arts (BMUKK).

Candy’s Camouflage
Performance by Chris Haring as part of the 20th Cyprus Contemporary Dance Festival. June 24. Rialto theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm. €20 festival pass/ €5 single performance. Tel: 77-777745

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