Tonky Lonk

Jun 2021 / Performance / BODHI PROJECT

Tonky-Lonk  is a commissioned work invited by the BODHI PROJECT at Sead Salzburg

The work is using public confession and absolution to attack, cynically and provocatively the distractive relations of humans with the environment such as the relation to one another. The failed attempt to leash and control the brutality of nature results in irreversible harm that stems from the primary fear of the unexpected and the unknown. By doing so distorted relations about individual‘s motives and collective wickedness coming into play.

Based on found footage interviews, Shemesh creates a collage that touches on themes from the bland to the intimate, seeking an aesthetic between minimalism and grotesque. The interviews appear, re-enacted by the six dancers of the BODHI Project in ways of singing and lip-syncing, transforming the text into rhythmical patterns and movements.

Through the plot of the work, like a pack of hungry wolves, the characters hunt one other and reveal their powerlessness towards disasters, and their inability to embrace the other.

Concept & Choreography: Reut Shemesh
Performance & Creation: BODHI PROJECT:
Anastasis Karachanidis, Andrea Givanovitch,
Dylan Brahim Labiod, Hyaejin Lee,
Kassichana Okene-Jameson, Lucija Romanova
Music arrangement & Composition: Simon Bauer
Light Concept: Ronni Shendar
Lights: Frank Lischka
Costumes: Celina Mayr

Production: blackmountain/ BODHI PROJECT, SEAD & SZENE Salzburg, Supported by: Stadt Salzburg, Land Salzburg, Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur, öffentlichen Dienst und Sport.

Previous & upcoming performances

  • 20th Jun 2021: Premiere: Sommerszene -2021 at SZENE Salzburg Salzburg(AT)  Sommerszene-2021
  • 6th October 2021: Move Festival Krefeld(DE)