Homo Novus 2015

Programme

Klapping

Ahilan Ratnamohan (Antwerp)
5, 6 September Differents sports fields in Riga | Free entrance

Before arriving at contemporary dance, the choreographers Ahilan Ratnamohan and Feras Shaheen (Sydney) were professional footballers, something that has left indelible marks on their body language, their sense of rhythm and space.

This summer both of them will spend several weeks in Riga visiting local sports grounds and getting to know their users. They are going to meet our football professionals and amateurs, work with young people and together with them examine footballers’ movements. Can they be turned into dance?

The artists are sure they can, and at the end of their residence invite us to their show ‘Klapping’, a collective ritual where everyone will be initiated to a new form of urban movement, a street dance drawing its roots in football. Between fiction and reality, this performance stems from the simple desire of a football player to dance.

About the artist

Ahilan Ratnamohan is a performance-maker working with unconventional forms and performers to create cross-disciplinary pieces. He is inspired by sport, film and linguistics.

In his early twenties Ahil attempted to make a career as a professional footballer spending time in the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden. He began concentrating on contemporary performance in 2007, collaborating with a range of companies in Sydney, most extensively with Urban Theatre Projects, Branch Nebula and Martin del Amo.

Since 2012 he has been based in Antwerp, where he began to lead his own projects. In this period his work has toured throughout Europe and Australia; his work with a group of West African footballers on Michael Essien I want to play as you… has led to the formation of a new performance troupe, the ‘Star Boys Collective’. Ahil is a resident artist at Monty Kultuurfaktorij in Antwerp.

Credits

Idea and performance: Ahilan Ratnamohan
Performance: Feras Shaheen
Dramaturgy: Kristof Persyn
Design: Anne-Catherine Kunz
Production: Sandra Lapkovska, New Theatre Institute of Latvia
Supported by Magic Carpets platform and EU programme Creative Europe

Riga premiere

5, 6

September

Different sports fields in Riga

Free entrance

Language

In English and Latvian

Run time

1h 30

Outdoor performance

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