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The study of the estuary as such is the main inlet for this performance-project, which will disembogue in the creation of a geological formation as its event.
An estuary is a partially enclosed coastal body of brackish water with one or more rivers or streams flowing into it, and with a free connection to the open sea.
Estuaries form a transition zone between river environments and maritime environments. They are subject both to marine influences—such as tides, waves, and the influx of saline water—and to riverine influences—such as flows of fresh water and sediment. The inflows of both sea water and fresh water provide high levels of nutrients both in the water column and in sediment, making estuaries among the most productive natural habitats in the world. Therefore, the banks of many estuaries are amongst the most heavily populated areas of the world, with about 60% of the world's population living along estuaries and the cost.
Utilising geological terms in order to speak about human ancestry is an endeavour to equal our faculties together with, and back to, nature. To speak of sediment as we speak of history only introduces air into the binary conceptions civilization has built so deeply upon our humanity.
How can it be that different affluences and water influences all manage to irrigate the same container? Can the vast ocean be even considered as a container? Does not all the water that our bodies contain permanently purges to fall into the cycle of flux?
The specificity of the so called “performing arts” is that it is a form of art that is “alive”, that uses live presence as its medium to convey any idea or aesthetical conception. Following that train of thought, how can the “live arts” ever refer to something else than being human in its barest sense? Furthermore, how can this live form of art be conceived as something other than pure ontology-being the study of the nature of being, becoming, existence or reality as well as the basic categories of being and their relations-?
Instead of adding to the immensity that is already present, let’s subtract!
In that sense ∑stuarY does not feature any text, neither features any dance in order to high-spot the “human-together-with-its-surroundings-together-with-other-humans”. In ∑stuarY both, form and content, although different, seek synchrony as one. By emptying two independent containers into a singular 1: one larger body of contained water, together with a smaller body, a human body, which also happens to be a bearer of water.
facing this mixture
we observe a sealed lagoon of uncertain origin
but marked in the retina of those who ever sailed
Concept : Rodrigo Sobarzo
Performance : Diego Olea & Rodrigo Sobarzo
Light design : Leticia Skrycky
Production : GRIP
Co- production : SKOGEN