Aswang, object!

The minatures from Aswang based on the Filipino myth could develop to a high school drama with the tension of Gus Van Sant's movie Elephant."- M. Motter; Falter 37/08

The Aswang is a Filipino mythological figure that is often used to explain unforeseen disasters. According to folklore the Aswang hunts at night and often changes its identity to hide its true nature. During the day, the Aswang lives as an outcast of society and does not fit into the norm; it is often used as a scape goat. The choreography Aswang, Object! investigates these issues resulting from peer pressure, nowadays often found in groups of young adults: The need to adapt, building of cliques and outcasting of individuals in the quest to find ones own place in society. However, the choreography also can be seen as a mirror to a society, where specific groups are blamed for difficult economic situations. The choreography appeals to young audiences and adults on different intellectual and emotional levels.
The quintet was originally presented in the fall of 2008 as a choreolab in Graz. The stage design for the choreolab performance was by Luise Kloos. 

Concept:Christina Medina & Thomas Melde
Choreography: Christina Medina with the dance artists
Music: Gerhard Nierhaus (Commission-Kulintang)


20. 21 April 2012Theater am Lend, Graz
Rehearsal Director: Lindsay Alford
Dance: Carolina Bischof, Kyra Chlebowski, Magdalena Jankowska, Tran Thanh Thien Trang, Yating Yue
(In cooperation with Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität)

26. 27. Feb. 2010: Winnipeg; Rachel Browne Theater
Dance: Chelsea Cairnie, Paige Lewis, Christie Martens,
Alida Nyquist-Schultz, Keren Parker

18. 19. 20. Jun. 2009: Theater am Lend
Dance: Lindsay Alford, Anna Majder, Christie Martens, 
Alida Nyquist-Schultz
Robyn Thomson Kacki
(In cooperation with The School of Contemporary Dancers Professional Prog.)

2. 3. 4. Oct. 2008: Graz; Tanz und Theater Zentrum
4. Sept. 2008: Graz; Tanzstartklar Festival (15 mins. excerpt)
Dance: Valerie Klein, Paige Lewis, Anna Majder, Keren Parker,
Alexandra Waidacher (Apprentice)

Die Miniaturen aus "Aswang", nach einem philippinischen Mythos benannt, könnten sich zu einem High School Drama mit der Spannung von Gus Van Sants Film "Elephant" aufschaukeln.

The minatures from Aswang based on the Filipino myth could develop to a high school drama with the tension of Gus Van Sant's movie Elephant."

-M. Motter; Falter 37/08

“Medina verwendet diese Legende (Aswang), um in kraftvollen Bildern die Mechanismen der Unterdrückung und Frontenbildung zu thematisieren”  

Medina uses this legend (aswang) to discuss in strong pictures the mechanisms of suppression and creation of borders

-C. Hartner Kronenzeitung 6.9.2008

(Medina deutet) die Figur (Aswang) als Phänomen, das heute vor allem im Alltag der Jugend beheimatet ist. Cliquenbildung, Anpassungssucht und Individualituatsverlust – bei der Suche nach dem Platz im Leben lässt Sie ihr junges Ensemble im rhytmischen Staccato über eine schlichte Bühne huschen, scheut nicht vor performativen Elementen zurück und schafft eine Atmosphäre, die Anleihen bei US-Regisseur Larry Clark findet, diese aber zumeist humoristisch bricht. 

(Medina interprets) the figure (Aswang) as a phenomenon, that nowadays mainly is found in the daily life of young people. Building of cliques, desire to conform and loss of individuality - In the search of ones place in life she lets her young ensemble scurry in a rhythmic staccato on a plain stage, is not afraid of performative elements and creates an atmosphere that reminds of US-director Larry Clark, but most times breaks it then with humour.

-C. Hartner Kronenzeitung, 3.10.2008