Berlin-based dancer and choreographer Shade Théret returns to the Odyssey Theater series Dance at the Odyssey for a single performance of her latest work, Throwaway Line.
Throwaway Line is a tragi-romantic-thrill-comedy dance solo composed for a ruthless actress. The story unfolds like an open journal. Fragmented accounts of the actress’ past reveal both her desire and her loathing. The dancing female body is a provocation and escapes categorization. Throwaway Line manifests itself as a flow of consciousness, a repetition of events that take place after the show, after the performance – always after having “given everything” to her beloved audience. Théret’s movements dialogue with her fragmented past, and she stages them publicly. She taps into the emotions and makes physical the desires of various characters and social relationships from these memories.
Dancer and choreographer working in the field of performance, Théret is based in Berlin. His practice begins with an interest in interpersonal dynamics and primitive motivations around desire. The work focuses on deconstructing classical Western dance forms and translating them into movement-based gestures that refer to grotesque and all-consuming human emotional states. Improvised and noted working methods are used to play with the notions of effort and exhaustion. More recently, her work glues non-linear narratives that deposit emotional feelings across the landscape of the body. Her work takes shape through live performance, film / video and poetry. Théret holds a BA in Dance, Context and Choreography from the Berlin University of the Arts (HZT).
The musical and technical direction of Throwaway Line is by Alexander Iezzi, who collects and reuses materials, sounds and music as a mechanism to punch holes in typical ways of perceiving psychology, identity and politics. Originally from Tuscon, AZ but now based in Rotterdam and Berlin, Iezzi has performed or exhibited – whether solo or with collaborators such as composer Billy Bultheel or the Omsk Social Club – at the CTM Festival, Berlin; MoMA, New York; the Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam; Galerija Močvara, Zagreb; and Galleri Syster, Luleå, Sweden, as well as outside institutions, allowing the work to roam in conditions of freedom.
Théret already had the world premiere of Maybe as part of the Odyssey’s 2019 series, which the Los Angeles Times called “… a cleansing sorbet … Théret is an artist of great dimensions”.
Throwaway Line was originally commissioned by Isabel Parkes as part of OUT NOW at Uferhallen, Berlin 2021, and is presented with the support of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany.
A performance of Throwaway Line takes place on Saturday, January 29 at 8 p.m. ET. The Odyssey Theater is located at 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025. Tickets range from $ 15 to $ 20. AQ and A with the artists will follow the performance. Proof of vaccination is required for admission, and masks must be worn throughout the performance. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (310) 477-2055 ext. 2 or go to www.OdysseyTheater.com.