Julia Maria Koch
DEALS WITH GOD – SIRI
About the Company
Julia Maria Koch is a dancer and choreographer and lives and works in Berlin. After many choreographic collaborations, an assistance with Ridge Theater, NYC and playing venues like the SAT Theater, Barcelona and the Baryshnikov Arts Center, NYC with her choreographies, she founded her own project-based ensemble, in 2015, with international dancers and artists in Berlin. Her work has been invited to numerous international festivals such as the Sarajevo Winter Festival, Alexandria Festival of Contemporary Theater in Egypt, Gdanski Festiwal Tanca 2017 in Poland, Danza Almada Festival in Portugal, Agitart Festival in Spain, among others. She also participated in many renowned choreographic competitions such as the Stuttgart Solo Dance Theater Festival, Certamen Coreografico de Madrid, Certamen Coreografico Burgos-New York, Festival 10 Sentidos in Valencia, Gdansk Solo Dance Festival, SoloDuo Barnes Crossing in Cologne and others.
About the Piece
DEALS WITH GOD
Six bodies pass through three different rooms. Their physicality and transformation constantly creates images. The image is born to exist and to self-depict the body for a moment. The archetype rests in the body, a ritual dance begins around the icons. The bodies create their own iconography. The violence with which an image can hit us is overwhelming, at the same time pleasant, a desired moment. The icons are superhuman, without weaknesses. Their promise touches us on another level. Our longing to worship something, the need to follow someone. The lack of orientation and the desire to give up control – to something that engulfs us, penetrates us and in the deepest inner conviction, takes everything in itself. It is a world full of seduction and beauty, but it is also a dark place. Most notably, we all seem to know all this without ever having to hear about it.
SIRI is a Cyber-phantasy, which plays with mixing an artificial and a human identity.
It explores why Siri might be female and what she could look like. But even more so it opens up the quest of humanity and what that means. Are empathy and true love privileges we are holding if we are still holding them….?
Are they maybe the only thing that are impossible to make a replica of?
The work wants to appeal to the responsibility we bear in dealing with artificial intelligence and encourage people to approach it in a self-determined and self-responsible way by finding their own voice.