On the first day of the year, a little girl lies dead by the roadside. Earlier, she had tried in vain to sell her matches. No one wanted to take heart and take care of her. Now people stand around her in devout mourning and weep over her fate. But no one can guess what dreamlike visions of a better, warmer life she left this earth with. In 2018, Demis Volpi created an intimate exploration of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale “The Little Girl with the Matchsticks” to the vocal composition of the American David Lang (*1957), which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2008. A theatrical evening about big dreams and small utopias.
The Franco-Israeli choreographer Gil Harush also reaches out for visions of social togetherness. How do I decide which version of myself leaves the house in the morning? How much influence does a heel on my shoe or a tie around my neck have on how those around me perceive me? The artist SOPHIE, who died in 2021 at the age of only 34, attracted worldwide attention with her music between electro-pop and avant-garde. Despite the fame of her music, she kept her own identity a secret for a long time until she came out as a trans woman in 2017. To the arrangement of her album “Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides” by the string quintet “Wooden Elephant”, Gil Harush explores the diverse spectrum of gender performativity.