The Eternal Return
Is each day the same? Is life no more than ‘endless repetition’? Routine offers structure but also reinforces the monotony of the everyday. In The Eternal Return, choreographer Clément Layes counterbalances time by breaking through its linearity, while revealing a multitude of actions. Inspired by Polish director Zbigniew Rybczynski’s Oscar-winning short film Tango (1981), Layes translates the interplay of characters into a dance performance. Just like in the film, normal people performing prosaic actions increasingly populate a closed space. Through repetition and accumulation, a single phrase of motion evolves into a complex, kaleidoscopic web. Whereas Rybczynski’s film reflects on Polish village life under socialism, Clément Layes invites us to consider Western society’s malaise. Momentarily, he playfully reveals the magic of life.
The Eternal Return at STUK Leuven is supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.