“Everything bounces everywhere with almost no loss.”
It starts – as ever – with two lovers. She has a charming voice and he is pleasing to the eye. If only he, Narcissus, had looked back more often at her, Echo, instead of looking at himself, then there would have been no ‘but’. But the love of a couple that prefers their own voice or likeness to that of their partner is doomed. To cut a long story short, Narcissus pines away from hunger and thirst beside his own eternally elusive reflection in the water; and Echo is torn apart and scattered like seeds all over the world, where she forever echoes her heartfelt cry in mountains, gullies and caves. Echo – as though the mountains were answering back.
Echo is the first co-creation by Post uit Hessdalen and Zwerm. Together they go in search of the resonances, associations and memories that lie hidden in the places where Echo ended up. In line with their own preferences for image and sound, they reunite the two lovers Echo and Narcissus on stage. Music and video are presented live on stage, thus immersing the audience in an intriguing collection of earthly echoes. This is a road trip that starts out in gullies and mountainsides, only to dive into the soul through smells and sounds, taking in memories, encounters and partings.
Echo begins with that one memory in a human life that leads to an abrupt reversal from ‘not yet’ to ‘always have’. The memory that strikes a puddle like a drop of water and winds up disrupting the ocean in ever-expanding circles.
Echo is production of Post Uit Hessdalen & Zwerm. In coproduction with deSingel / Klarafestival, with the support of the Flemish Government & the City of Antwerp. With thanks to Walpurgis, Lod Muziektheater, wpZimmer & De Grote Post. Concept & creation: Post Uit Hessdalen, Zwerm & Lucas Van Haesbroeck. Live music ZWERM. Dance: Charlotte Goesaert. Costumes: Linse Van Gool. Coach movement: Karolien Verlinden. Management: Klein Verzet. Sound design & sound engineer: Johan Vandermaelen. Photo: Stijn Grupping.