Impossible figures


Ula Sickle
Performance: 45 min (2006)

Impossible figures shows a virtuosic metamorphose of mannerist poses. It proposes variations on a set of stills (or poses) and their connecting movements. During the piece, the sets evolve from a purely physical investigation of the relation between immobility (poses) and movement, to a play with the expressive and dramatic qualities of those same poses. From physical to superficial/surface, impossible figures unfolds around the paradoxical couplings: real-impossible and body-image.

Impossible Figures is a work inspired by the baroque period in music and painting. Translated into a contemporary language of images and movement, the work explores the baroque obsession with twisted forms and ornamentation, affectation and expression, in a research on the possibilities and limits of the performing body.


Choreographed and performed by Ula Sickle / Sound design Christina Clar / Light design Ann Sophie Hoste / Scenography and Dramaturgy Laurent Liefooghe / Scenography realization Natalie Schrauwen, Peter de Goy / Production wp Zimmer / co-production cc Berchem, wp Zimmer

Special thanks: Wiesawa Pikula, Marc Vanrunxt, Domenico Guistino, Erica Trivett, Heike Langsdorf, wp Zimmer, Nadine and kc Netwerk.


Première: CCBerchem, December 2006