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Jerusalem Syndrome - Dance Performance by Sommer Ulrickson

25.08.2003, Sophiensæle, Berlin | The Jerusalem Syndrome project is designed to be an interdisciplinary dance theater production. The production's theme is the Jerusalem Syndrome, a physical and psychological condition afflicting certain travellers in Jerusalem. The patients identify themselves with biblical figures or believe themselves to be on a religious mission.

July 25–28 and July 30–August 3, 2003

The Jerusalem Syndrome project is to serve as a metaphor for physical and psychological extreme conditions in society and asks how the Western (Protestant) world in particular deals with religious intensity and spirituality. The première took place on July 25 at the Sophiensæle.

"Dance alternates with drama in a seamless sequence of extremely varied scenes, accompanied in parts by spherical sounds, in others by folkloric sounds. The six-person ensemble gives a virtuoso physical dancing and acting performance, witty and tempo-driven to the point of exhaustion, making use of the whole space. The observer gets also dizzy, since the exuberant attack on his/her associational abilities befuddles the brain, while the senses receive stimuli from all directions. Almighty, one thinks, wondering about a word one normally never uses, what a divine production!" (Katrin Pauly, Berliner Morgenpost)

July 25–28 and July 30–August 3, 2003


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