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Put Your Heart Under Your Feet… And Walk!

Steven Cohen

Put Your Heart… is a mournful poem of unbearable beauty, which follows the march of a survivor through a land of mourning. A singularly extreme ritualized cantata.

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A mournful poem on the disappearance of a loved one. Queer princess and delicate moth, Steven Cohen wanders through a limbo world that is both fairy-like and nightmarish. Building a sanctuary to the deceased lover with whom he shared the previous two decades, the South African choreographer comes face to face with his grief and pain, going so far as to eat a small portion of his lover’s ashes. A piece of unbearable beauty.

Tottering on shoes with coffins for heels and supported by wobbly crutches, the performer in search of the absolute wends his way forward, at times in ballet slippers, at other times in a video where he dances in a white tutu amidst the bloody slaughter of cattle in an abattoir. Plunged into the abyss of a world between the living and the dead, the ceremony is crude and cathartic. Put Your Heart… follows the march of a survivor through a land of mourning. A singularly extreme ritualized cantata. A radical, sacrificial solo of sweetness and savagery.

Credits

Produced by Compagnie Steven Cohen
Conceived and performed by Steven Cohen
Lighting Design Yvan Labasse

Coproduced by humain TROP humain – CDN Montpellier + Festival Montpellier Danse + Dance Umbrella (Johannesburg) + Drac Nouvelle-Aquitaine (Bordeaux)

Presented by Fugues in association with Usine C

Written by Elsa Pépin
Translated by Neil Kroetsch

Premiered at Montpellier Danse, on June 24, 2017

 

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Steven Cohen (Johannesburg + Lille)
Compagnie Steven Cohen

The choreographer, performer and visual artist Steven Cohen was born in Johannesburg in 1962 and now lives in France.

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