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Look at me.
Don’t look at me.
Look diagonally to the top right corner.
Tilt your head.

Imagine a diagonal line between your right shoulder and your left hip.
Create the largest possible distance between them.
Stop.

Change the position of your eyes.
Show me your neck.

Do diagonals perform femininity through the body? Starting from this question, choreographer Naïma Mazic shows lowered gazes, tilted heads, revealed necks and twisted polyrhythmic bodies. At the same time, she creates a confusion in the audience regarding who observes whom. Two dancers and two jazz musicians of n ï m company devise a joint rhythmic language, breaking the spectators’ usual sight lines and opening new, skewed, queer perspectives. PoLy-Mirrors is a glissando into a diagonal form of feminine being, it illuminates the projection, erotisation and fetishisation of the diagonal lines within the female body while constantly challenging a resonating peculiarity, mystified seduction and rituals of submissiveness.

In PoLy-Mirrors, dancers Amie Jammeh and Margaux Marielle-Tréhoüart and musicians Elias Stemeseder and Evi Filippou – on synthesiser, harpsichord, keys and percussion -analyse jazz and femininity on stage through music and dance.
The performers share uneven grooves, deciphering (poly)rhythmic cycles of the bodies.

With her installation of mirrors in the room, artist Lola Drubigny creates a space where music as well as dance reflect and thereby transform and bend our perspectives.

CREDITS

concept / choreography Naïma Mazic
composition & synthesizer/ harpsichord / keys Elias Stemeseder
performance Margaux Marielle-Tréhoüart, Amie Jammeh
percussion / vibraphone / mirrors Evi Filippou
stage Lola Drubigny
costume Maël Blau
dramaturgy Sara Ostertag, Fergus Johnson
outside eye Lucie Piot
Mentoring Alain Franco, Marcela Giesche 
production management Kira Koplin // groundworkers.at
Production more2rhythm 
co-production brut Wien 

special thanks to Kelvin Kilonzo, Vincent Pongracz, Pauline Stöhr, Bryana Fritz, Michael Höppner, Robyn Schulkowsky & Dominik Feistmantl 

residencies & research at Lake Studios Berlin, ImPulsTanz, DOCK 11 Eden, D.ID Dance Identity, workspace Brussels, Le Regard du Cygne, La Ménagerie de Verre 
supported by the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna, BMKÖS, ACTOUT, ÖKF Berlin.