Inspired by Magritte’s painting “Golconda”, the dancers Ludovica Zoina and Vivian Friedrich suggest we ask ourselves an implicit question that comes up in the painting of the surrealist painter: How do we think about the individual in a society where the multitude seems to absorb everything? Suspended in the air between the sky and the buildings, the dancers invite the spectator to look up and get lost in the imaginary “live painting” made up of aerial dance, optical illusions and audiovisual poetry.
Just as Magritte proposes with his “Golconda”, both artists take us by hand to fly with them and allow us to imagine ourselves up in the sky, demonstrating the recurring desire to escape while being suspended in the air, close to the clouds and walking on buildings. It’s this same desire that allows us to distract ourselves from the multitude and and be surprised by our singularities.
The aerial duo plays with the similarity of its images as if it were a totality and at the same time two different persons. A confrontation between two apparently mimetic and synchronised bodies … but what happens when one of the characters starts moving in a distinctive way? Maybe we are, as in Magritte’s painting, a rain of similar characters searching for our own identity?
An illusion from Golconda is a performance that plays in a subtle and slightly ironic manner with the paradox of the human being and his eagerness to belong “to something” and his aspiration for singularity.