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Ich heiße Frau Troffea

Mono-performance by Igor Shugaleev

Directing & performing: Igor Shugaleev / Music: Ales Tsurko / Visual: Aleksandra Kononchenko / Manager: Marina Dashuk / Duration: 50 min / Premiere: 17.11.2019, Minsk, Belarus / 

St Vitus' dance (Wikipedia)

A week before Mary Magdalene Festival in 1518, Frau Troffea left her house through the courtyard and, unexpectedly for herself, began to dance frantically in one of the narrow Strasbourg streets.

She danced all day and late into evening, until she collapsed to the ground and fell asleep, yet even then her muscles twitched, as if continuing to dance. When Frau Toffea woke up, she began her bizarre dance again.

On the third day of this crazy dancing, she was at the stage of extreme exhaustion, shoes soaked in blood, but she could not stop.

The author and performer explore the phenomenon of Rave and Techno in a different cultural context. They pay particular attention to the external and internal transformation of the party-goer: the new freedom of communication and movement the body experiences, usually, under significant dopings-driven stress. Speeding up, the performer loses and regains the quality of movement, observes bodily reactions, captures critical heartbeat indicators. This performance is a game of spontaneity and structurality accompanied by a live-set.