Performance – Photo:s
Created and Performed by: Peter Trosztmer
Creation Assistance: Thea Patterson
Dramaturgical consultation: Lois Brown,
Sculpture: Jeremy Gordaneer
Sound: Jean-Sebastian Durocher
Lighting: Rasmus Sylvest
Eesti: Myths and Machines is Peter Trosztmer’s choreographic examination of his family history and how it has shaped his own identity. It was one of Voir’s Top 5 for 2011, Le Devoir called it “coup de ceour de l’automne”, and Philip Szporer (Dance Current) saidit was “easily one of the best productions of the year.”
” Rarement voit- on le corps d’un danseur parler autant que celui de Peter Trosztmer …hallucinant. C’est surtout, et sans contredit un show à voir absolument” Nightlife Magazine
Fused to an amplified sound sculpture – the machine – that moves imperceptibly through the space suggesting the castle where an uncle was tortured, his family’s escape from Estonia to Canada by boat, and of course, the machine of war, Peter tackles themes of heroism, and survivor guilt.
Inspired by the stories of my Grandfather’s escape from Estonia at the end of WWII in a small boat, Eesti Myths and Machines is a tour de force of movement, storytelling and moving sound sculpture that takes the viewer on a journey of discovery and redemption. Brought to life through letters and an oral history we travel through time as I come to terms with how my grandfather’s heroism and courage resonate two generations later, and how they find a voice is the much less epic moments of ‘heroism’ that I encounter in my day
to day neighbourhood life.
An investigation into:
“What actually Happened?”
“Actually it was like this…”
A little video that includes some research used and unused: