Short film following the encounter of two outcasts in an abandoned office building.
In the suburbs of Neubrandenburg, two characters, a shy but curious transvestite and his counterpart suffering from Tourette syndrome, venture into an emotional journey through a disused house. Their strange and yet familiar encounter unfolds a playful game between affection and almost uncontrollable violence — questioning their true intentions.
The characters step into a dialogue with the architecture and its abused rooms and corridors. Their game often seems correlated with the interior of the different spaces. The independent journey of the camera, sometimes only vaguely interested in what is happening, creates a strangely voyeuristic atmosphere.
Concept, Script: Anne-Sophie Goetz, Elias Kurth / Camera: Hannes Hehemann, Anne-Sophie Goetz / Performance and Choreography: Florian Gick, Elias Kurth / Editing: Elias Kurth / Sound: Leon Steffani, Hannes Hehemann
Elias Kurth (b. 1984 in Aarau, Switzerland) is an artist, performer and architect based in Berlin. Working across these disciplines, Elias Kurth explores the tensions between fictional and factual spaces, between individual fantasies and societal realities.
The projects vary in scale, duration and media, and always draw from the human body as a source of knowledge. Using movement as a thinking tool, Kurth develops intersections between performance, architecture and visual arts. His curiosity for the yet unknown and a strong sense for spaces and emotions create situational poignant experiences. The work, ranging from sensitive gestures to brute physical acts, reveals his playful reading of internal and external realities and their conflicts.
Elias Kurth graduated from London Contemporary Dance School ‘The Place’ (2009) and worked with several choreographers such as Lea Anderson, Requardt&Rosenberg or Compagnie Shifts. He graduated as an architect from the University of the Arts (UdK) in Berlin (2018) where he studied amongst others with Jean-Philippe Vassal, Enrique Sobejano, and Alexandra Ranner. He has worked as an architect for Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation and Compagnie KHZ. His own work has been shown in the United Kingdom, Poland, Germany and Switzerland.
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