Spring Forward Festival – Umea, Sweden
Why Not Festival. Photo by Marlise Steeman
Photo by Danny Willems
One Final Evolutionary Note is a take on Charles Darwins 1859 book On the Origin of the Species, and how lifeforms exist in duration, specifically through natural selection and the struggle for existence. Seeking to devise existential and philosophical questions about the nature of our bodies as biological and political entities in this day and age. Searching for ways in which we can represent our bodies in various forms and contexts, from a tiny atom to a universal explosion. In duet formation, our bodies together represent one person and all people, we both represent I, a symbiotic I, a parasitic I. We are blood cells, clotting and unclotting. Who are we when we are apart? We are not us, and not I. If we were in a life and death situation, how would we override each other non-violently? How would we represent ourselves as bodies in our political system?
Concept and performance
Michael Carter, Gala Moody
Original lighting design:
“… compositional rigour and a stark, sometimes haunting beauty” – Sanjoy Roy (The Guardian)
Premiered: 27 April 2014 at Aerowaves Spring Forward festival, Norrlands Operan, Umeå (Sweden).