Statement of Jury (PUF festival 2016) about KA-F-KA by Mehdi FARAJPOUR:
Honours to Mehdi Farajpour for the performance KA-F-KA produced by the Oriantheatre Dance Company from Paris. KA-F-KA of Mehdi Farajpour cannot fit into our awards (Cloud, Drop or Wind) as this performance is simply everything – and is thus outside of the competition. With seeing this performance for the first time it becomes clear why the soul has the need to return to the body, which is this case more honest than words. This is – art.
Premier / Première: 2016 – Duration / Durée: 55 min – Genre: Interdisciplinary choreographic performance – Concept, Direction, Choreography and performance / Conception, mise en scène, Chorégraphie & interprétation: Mehdi FARAJPOUR – Motion graphics specialist: Stéphane Bordonaro (based on the original concepts and precise scores of Mehdi Farajpour) – Sound / Son: Arnaud Rollat – Video Art: Mehdi Farajpour– Produced by : ORIANTHEATRE Dance Company – Supported by Centre national de la danse (mise à disposition de studio).
KA-F-KA is Mehdi Farajpour’s most autobiographic work in term of aesthetics, movement, rhythm and images. When watching the performance, the first questions coming in mind are: What does an exhausted body have to show? Or in a better word, how an overwhelmed body can dance?
Running backward around a circle for almost half an hour before starting the performance is just the beginning of KA-F-KA. A dancer with a dizzying head, with muscular contractions, out of breath and unbalanced by the fatigue is the first image you would see in KA-F-KA.
KA-F-KA by Mehdi Farajpour, inspired by Franz Kafka’s Visual universe, is a free interpretation of his famous text, Metamorphosis. Likewise FARAJPOUR’s other performances, KA-F-KA is also built up on an interdisciplinary (and not multidisciplinary) structure that means walking in between different disciplines instead of mixing them just for the sake of it.
Ka-f-ka is the story of everyone and no one. A man, lost in the rourtine of his life, awakes to discover that he is transformed into another being. He suffers from isolation, hunger and pain but yet keeps running all through his social-individuale obligations.