New Swedish/SA collaboration explores the price of global economic growth

New Swedish/SA collaboration explores the price of global economic growth

‘Adagio for a Hacked Life’ is the third and final instalment in the highly acclaimed ‘Growth’ trilogy – a collaboration between the Baxter Theatre Centre and Scenkonst Sörmland (Sweden) – and culminates with a short season at the Baxter Flipside from February 17 to 27 at 8pm nightly, with matinees at 2pm.

The series highlights the impact of the global economic monster on individuals. The project premiered in 2013 with ‘I Hit the Ground Running’ (which focused on unemployed youth), followed by ‘Struck Silent’ in 2014, which focused on senior citizens. With this latest offering, ‘Adagio for a Hacked Life’, explores the stress that comes with today’s technology and deadline-driven, information-overloaded and instant gratification culture, through research, dance and music.

Grant van Ster is the choreographer with composition by Jonny Axelsson (Sweden) and Nceba Gongxeka. The three dancers Shaun Oelf, Mishkaah Medell and Themba Mbuli are local, while the musicians Jonny Axelsson (percussion), Mattias Windemo (guitars) and Anette Kumlin (oboe) are from Sweden and Nceba Gongxeka (percussion) is from Cape Town. Costume and set design is by Birrie le Roux and lighting design is by William Wenner (Sweden). Van Ster, Axelsson and Oelf have been involved with the project since its inception in 2013.
“Our research processes throughout the project have shown us that there is a fundamental clash between the rhythm of human life and the rhythm of the system of economic growth,” explains Annette Taranto, the Swedish producer and process and research facilitator.

She continues, “With the project ‘Growth’, we have tried to mirror this clash, however, remaining positive we have always defended and cherished well-being and the triumph of human life over the monstrous system. With this final performance we want to inspire and protect that rhythm from what threatens it. We hope that the performance will stay true to the experiences and wisdom shared with us by the generous persons who contributed to this and all the preceding processes.”

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