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Ula Sickle
Performance: 50min (2005-2008)

First performed in 2005, Knockout came to the stage again for December Dance in  Brugge in 2008. At the invitation of the festival the piece has been 'recut' and includes a new, previously unreleased scene.

"A dreary night in Rome, on the soundtrack the click of a cigarette lighter, the sound of smoke being inhaled. A woman in a long raincoat with a platinum blond wig lounging on a street corner. It could not be more typically film noir. These few details hint at a world of seduction and betrayal, of double moral standards and romantic cynicism. It is precisely from this twilight zone that choreographer Ula Sickle, sound designer Peter Lenaerts and visual artist Alexis Destoop drew inspiration for their first collaboration, Knockout.

Knockout could very well be a choreographed variant of David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive; an out of joint montage of constructed fantasies, desires and expectations.”

Elke Van Campenhout
 (translated by Tom Hannes)


Concept: Alexis Destoop, Peter Lenaerts  & Ula Sickle / Choreography: Ula Sickle / Developed & Performed by: Tawny Andersen & Ula Sickle / Scenography: Alexis Destoop / Sound Design: Peter Lenaerts / Light Design: Jan Maertens / Costumes: Veronique Branquinho / Choreography Assistant: Nele Ana Reipl / Produced by Wp Zimmer for Rebecca September VZW / Co-produced by Pact Zollverein Essen, with the support of Dans In Kortrijk, Netwerk Aalst, Nadine Brussels, The Canada Council for the Arts & the Flemish Minister for Culture, Youth, Sport and Brussels Affairs.


Performances: Monty (Antwerp), Netwerk Center for Contemporary Art (Aalst), Dans in Kortrijk (Kortrijk), PACT Zollverein (Essen), Something Raw Festival (Amsterdam), December Dance Platform (Brugge).