it takes a fool to remain sane
a production of the
BERLIN DANCE INSTITUTE
"It Takes a Fool to Remain Sane" dives into the profound challenges of existence in a world consumed by hatred and division. The performance explores the intricate emotions and struggles faced by individuals living amidst a backdrop of animosity, where people stand against each other, against different cultures, and against anything that deviates from the norm.
The dancers embody the complex dynamics of a society where trust is shattered, and deception becomes commonplace. The piece invites the audience to reflect on the profound impact of these experiences on the human psyche, as we witness the characters being fooled by their neighbours, betrayed by their friends, and left feeling utterly alone by those they love the most.
The choreography weaves together a range of movement styles, from fluid and expressive contemporary dance to sharp and aggressive gestures, symbolizing the struggle between vulnerability and self-protection. The dancers navigate through a metaphorical landscape, embodying the internal battles faced by individuals trying to maintain their sanity amidst a world that seems to be crumbling around them.
"It Takes a Fool to Remain Sane" is an introspective and thought-provoking dance piece that challenges our perceptions of the world we live in. Through the artistry of movement, it invites us to question the impact of hatred and division on our collective humanity, and encourages us to seek connection, empathy, and understanding within the chaos.
"... it drenched my fears of becoming like the others, who become unhappy mothers and fathers, of unhappy kids. And why is that? Cause they've forgotten how to play. Or maybe they're afraid to feel ashamed, to seem strange. To seem insane. To gain weight, to seem gay." - The Ark
And the only way to make it through such a half-lived life is to be a 'fool'.
Photo credits: Rene Bolcz photography
CONCEPTION and CHOREOGRAPHY: Luana Rossetti (2023)
DANCING: Students of the faculty of the Berlin Dance Institute
PIECE LENGHT: 12 min.
COMMISSION: Berlin Dance Institute