MamLuft&Co.’s newest work Iceman 3000 is based on the story of Ötzi, the 5,300 year old mummified “iceman” discovered by hikers in the Austrian Alps in 1991. The Ötzi discovery was stunning for the body and belongings incredibly preserved in the ice. But while the biological and physical materials draw our immediate attention, the true significance of the find emerges as the man and his surrounding block of ice enter into the scientists’ (and our) speculative imaginations. The narrative of the man, his times, and his death constitute the true treasure gradually extracted from the ice.
Choreographer Susan Honer and sculpture artist/composer Sean Simon will reimagine the iceman story in the year 3000 A.D. with dance, sculpture, and sound. Using the Ötzi discovery and deciphering of the remains and artifacts, as well as the forensics and fantasies of murder as a framework, Iceman 3000 imagines a new discovery set in a land where the earth’s climate has changed significantly. Human culture is aquatic and these futuristic beings find a chunk of ice containing a body (and its possessions) from 2018. The dancers interact with the sculpture and body in an effort to imagine what 21st century life, culture, and dance might look like to humans living many millennia into the future, and how this iceman met his demise.
MamLuft&o. Dance’s second new work of the 2017-2018 season is funded with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, ArtsWave (fueled by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign), and The Ohio Arts Council (made possible by state tax dollars that support quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically).
Iceman 3000 will be presented in the iconic fifth floor gallery of the Contemporary Arts Center.
This presentation is co-presented by the Contemporary Arts Center and is presented in conjunction with the installation Deep North by Chris Larson as part of his larger exhibition Function Is Redundant. Deep North documents the performance of a medieval looking machine inhabiting a frozen shotgun house that turns into a rhythmic apparatus as it moves chunks of ice from one end of the house to the other. (Honer’s work will echo the “shotgun” house of Larson’s exhibit by composing the dance along the length of the gallery.)
Iceman 3000 will be performed May 24-26, 2018: Thursday and Friday, May 24th and 25th at 7:30pm, and Saturday, May 26th at 2:00pm at 44 E. 6th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio.
The performance features MamLuft&Co. Dance Company Members: Corrinne Bailey (Columbus, Ohio), Samantha Conte (Springboro, Ohio), Claire Dieringer (Lima, Ohio), Susan Honer (Roanoke, Virginia), Gabriel Martinez Rubio (Queretaro, Mexico), and Hannah Williamson (Liberty Township, Ohio).