In a mixture of video, sculpture, and performance, the Californian Mojave Desert meets rain-filled Copenhagen. A traveling theater from a desert-dry science-fiction world penetrates through installed video screens from their own dimension and into ours. While their stage is being built, a water carrier steals water from Copenhagen’s canals and lakes, which is transported to Den Frie and, through the screens, back to their dry world.
Inspired by the grandiose theater tradition of the Baroque – where naval battles and myths were staged on large water stages to glorify the financial profits of those in power – the theater performs its own Aqua Drama: an opera in progress about water as a liquid symbol of power.
Through their previous work, artist Sara Sachs (DK) and director Nina Mcneely (US) have developed a performative mix of video and collage that creates living video tableaus through live elements. Together with screenwriter Hans Frederik Jacobsen (DK), they form the group AMBRA, which tries to create long-lasting situations with the same method, to build maximalist and operatic worlds based on Sachs’ sculptural universe.
The performance was created by AMBRA and curated by South into North. It is a co-production with Toaster in collaboration with Den Frie.