Adagio for a hacked life

Adagio for a Hacked Life, at the Baxter this February, explores how the individual is sacrificed at the altar of global economic growth

It is the third and final instalment in the highly acclaimed Growth trilogy – a collaboration between the Baxter Theatre Centre and Scenkonst Sörmland (Sweden) – and culminates with a short season at the Baxter Flipside as from yesterday Wednesday February 17 to Saturday February 27 at 8pm, with matinees at 2pm.

The series highlights the impact of the global economic monster on individuals. The project premiered in 2013 with I Hit the Ground Running (which focused on unemployed youth), followed by Struck Silent in 2014, which focused on senior citizens. With this latest offering, Adagio for a Hacked Life, explores the stress that comes with today’s technology and deadline-driven, information-overloaded and instant gratification culture, through research, dance and music.

Grant van Ster is the choreographer with composition by Jonny Axelsson (Sweden) and Nceba Gongxeka. The three dancers Shaun Oelf, Mishkaah Medell and Themba Mbuli are local, while the musicians Jonny Axelsson (percussion), Mattias Windemo (guitars) and Anette Kumlin (oboe) are from Sweden and Nceba Gongxeka (percussion) is from Cape Town. Costume and set design is by Birrie le Roux and lighting design is by William Wenner (Sweden). Van Ster, Axelsson and Oelf have been involved with the project since its inception in 2013.

Adagio for a Hacked Life opens Thursday February 18, and runs until Saturday February 27, at 8pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays, with matinees at 2pm on Saturdays February 20 and 27 and at 11am on Thursday February 25.

Tickets cost R100 throughout. There is an age restriction of 13 years.

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