love, death and polar bears

Catherine Elsen

Drowning polar bears, alternative facts and global politics keep hold of our breath. We are shooting towards the apocalypse, but still want to be seen, liked and accepted by others. So busy with ourselves, can we devote as much empathy to the world as it asks for? Has the gap between us and the other become too big? Are we just in love with ourselves, or stuck in a convoluted desire for the other? Love, Death and Polar Bears is a One-Woman show, a scream from the tip of an iceberg whose height none of us can really predict. Drenched in: schmaltzy pop songs, tragic chansons and absurd poetry. All woven into an eclectic concert-performance through storytelling and electronic music, humor and pathos. I (the one woman) will make my way through the dried out valleys and defrosting lands of the alienating world we currently live in.  
Catherine is a multi-disciplinary performer, working at the interface between theatre, movement and music. Since 2013 she has been co-creating and performing in various theatre/dance projects as well as developing her solo work around the voice. Her first solo performance “Loosening Grip” (Vibe Gallery, UK 2013, and “SchmelzFestival” 2014), was followed by “In this bad world” in 2016 at the “Deep Trash night” in London. As a member of the theatre collective Independent Little Lies, she has shown the short piece “Loosened Grip aka Love” during ILL’s residency at Kulturschapp in 2017. In 2016, she joined Tania Soubry’s project “Soulscapes”, exploring the connection between the singing body and the dancing voice.“Soulscapes” was presented at the ‘Emerging choreographers’ programme in 2018 at TroisCL and at Tripspace, London.  
Concept, music and performance: Catherine Elsen  
Dramaturgy consultant: Marianne Villière  
Musical consultant: Pouya Ehsaei  
Costume design: Michèle Tonteling  
External eye: Renelde Pierlot  
Lighting designer: Nico Tremblay  
Production manager: Jill Christophe  
A production by Independent Little Lies – ILL, in coproduction with opderschmelz Dudelange. With the support of Ministère de la Culture, Fonds Culturel National and Ville d’Esch-sur-Alzette.  

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Dates & Venue

23.10.19, 20h00 Aalt Stadhaus Differdange
02.04.19, 10h00 opderschmelz Dudelange
01.04.19, 20h00 opderschmelz Dudelange