"it is like a large animal deep in sleep,” an international collaboration among contemporary performance group Dance Forum Taipei (舞蹈空間舞蹈團), The Hague-based Korzo Theater, Sweden's Skånes Dansteater, and Spanish choreographer Marina Mascarell, will make its debut in Taipei on May 15.
Designed to provoke discourse on what constitutes democracy, "it is like a large animal deep in sleep” was choreographed by Mascarell, who asks the audience to ponder on what individual course of action would have the right impact on modern society.
The presentation makes use of fifty empty cardboard boxes, placed seemingly in a random pile. The re-shuffling and displacement of the cardboard props through the actions of three dancers add a poetic and metaphorical touch to the performance's civil society themes.
The creative piece takes its name from a line in "what can we do?” by German poet Charles Bukowski: "at their best, there is gentleness in Humanity. / some understanding and, at times, act of / courage / but all in all it is a mass, a glob that doesn't have too much. / it is like a large animal deep in sleep and almost nothing can awaken it. / when activated it's best at brutality, / selfishness, unjust judgments, murder.”