Starting in the early nineties in Eastern Europe, an Asian fungus has gradually conquered the European continent, infecting almost all ash trees. The symptoms are very severe, many cases leading to the death of most trees. As a result, it is assumed that the ash tree in Europe will soon be close to extinct. Choreographer and dancer Dagmar Dachauer was inspired by the sad faith of the European ash tree, and linked it to personal loss in her own life. Finis est cinis: Ash is what remains. Ash is a eulogy for the ash tree and for Prasthan Dachauer, who passed away in 2016. **Video will be available from 2pm - 11.30pm CET**
Dagmar Dachauer is a freelance dancer, performer, choreographer and filmmaker. After graduating in music, she studied dance at the Amsterdam School of Arts and at P.A.R.T.S. In 2015, she founded the art association umfug, through which she produces stage work as well as film projects with collaborators coming from various backgrounds such as music, sound design, cinematography, visual arts and ecology. One of her ongoing projects is the dance film series Competing for Sunlight, in which she choreographs and directs dances with different tree species. Her solo Wunderbare Jahre (2015), as well as its excerpt Wie soll ich das erklären, has been awarded and presented internationally.** Photo © Shananeira **
‘The death of a species, especially a species as significant as the ash, punches a hole not only in nature, but also in our culture.’
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