The Last – Rachel Tess/MARC


Fredag 25 Augusti - Söndag 27 Augusti

The Last is a quasi dys/utopian Gala Des Étoiles staged in a defunct shoe factory. It is a celebration of dancing, dancers, and personal dance histories. It is the last in a series of lasts for six dancers dispersed, alone, and simultaneously together, bound by an immersive soundscape seeping through the cracks in the floor, out the windows, and beyond to the small town that cowers in the building’s ever-present shadow. Through six solos crafted for experienced dancers with different backgrounds at different stages in their careers, The Last asks:

Who has the right to be celebrated, where are they celebrated, and who bears witness?

Gala’s are usually the fodder of the wealthy and privileged – reserved for the La Scalas, Paris Operas, and American Ballet Theaters of the world and the elite ticket holders who can pay the price. What occurs if we frame an experimental dance performance as a gala and replace the pomp and circumstance with attention to time and the wherewithal to sustain? What if it is staged in one of the most iconic and historic buildings in town? What if instead of touring the world’s stages and grand opera houses it occurs and re-occurs like an ever-present grinding, steaming locomotive always chugging, always insisting in one place with many corners to travel to? What if the audience has never ever seen contemporary dance before?

The Last is the final exploration in a series of conceptual frameworks by Tess including the choreographies Any number of sunsets… (a performance framed as the last sunset you will ever experience 2018-2019) and Last Dances (a four-hour installation for museums created with and for Danish Dance Theater 2020-2021). The question,“What is the last dance you would ever do?,” catalyzes the risk in the process, for the performers, and subsequently for the audience. The question could just as easily be:

What do you expect from the last dance you will ever witness?

It also begs the question:

What expectations do we have for dance?


How would we spend time together during this last act of dancing?

and more broadly,

If you never saw dance or danced again what would that be like?


Light refreshments will be served.

The event is ‘pay what you can’ and no reservations are required. You may stay as little or as long as you like. The performance is spread throughout the building.


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Datum & tider

Datum Tid Ort Plats Länk
Fredag 25 Augusti 18:00 Knislinge Milvus Artistic Research Center (MARC), Gamla Skofabriken
Lördag 26 Augusti 18:00 Knislinge Milvus Artistic Research Center (MARC), Gamla Skofabriken
Söndag 27 Augusti 11:00 Knislinge Milvus Artistic Research Center (MARC), Gamla Skofabriken
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