(photo credit: Raymond Mallentjer)

The Host (2010)

Since the mid 19th century, America and its westward expansion, became synonymous with ideals of the pursuit of individual freedom. In this case, it was Man against the Land, and it was clearly Man’s right to win.

The extent to which this expansion has succeeded is evident in our current hyper-globalized economy. But at the same moment that we become aware of how pervasive this success has been, we find that the project of the individual over his environment raises serious doubts and anxieties.

With three cowboys and a gigantic inflatable set, The Host asks what the status of the individual is when his environment can no longer be conquered and controlled, when the individual is weak in comparison to the power of nature to turn against him.

With: Andros Zins-Browne, Jaime Llopis, Sidney Leoni – Set: Stefan Demming, Andros Zins-Browne – Sound Design: Peter Lenearts – Technique: Nick Symons – Production: wpZimmer – Co-production: Buda kunstencentrum (Kortrijk), Pact Zollverein (Essen), HAU (Berlin) – With the support of: de Vlaamse Overheid, VGC and Jan Van Eyck Academy (Maastricht)

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