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“You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct— in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every moment scrutinized.” The duet is inspired by the dystopian novel "1984" by George Orwell and the surrealistic paintings of Rene Magritte. The dancers are part of an at appearance utopian society , in which people’s lives are constantly monitored and unwiillingly manipulated. A civilization in which human beings enact a life in order to fulfil a script. It’s a play of knowing and unknowing reality, a ‘game’ of lying to loved ones and hiding huge secrets. " If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever. „ „They can make you say anything but they can’t make you believe it. They can’t get inside you. „ The main topics are freedom, manipulation, lying, control of the informations, rebellion, solidarity, respect, selfishness and betray. All topics that are for us very relevant and a big part of our current society. "It’s not so mach staying alive, it’s staying human. That’s important. What counts is that we don’t betray each other „

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WE SHALL MEET IN THE PLACE WHERE THERE IS NO DARKNESS is a project created by Selene Martello in collaboration with Dario Wilmington.

Concept idea: Selene Martello

Music composer: Dario Wilmington

The project started with the support of GVL Neustart Kultur, as a site specific performance, presented at the Alter Schlachthof Pforzheim.

November 2021

The duet has been presented at the Rotterdam International Duet Choreographic Competition 2022,

and Hannover Choreographic Competition 2022.

Winner of Partner Awards with: 

Avant Garde Dance Company

Stadttheater Pforzheim

Nationaltheater Mannheim 

for the Season 2022/2023 and 2023/2024

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Online premiere 28th January 2021
Location: Kulturhaus Osterfeld 

Camera: Maud Mascré

Light designer: Andreas Schmidt 

Video Editor: Selene Martello

As part of the project, Selene created an extended solo for the female character of the duet.

A snippet into her point of view, her story and her truth. 

Inspired by Julia of "1984" as well as partially autobiographical.


Premiere Solo Choreo Stuttgart 2022

Supported by MWK Stipendium

Music: Dario Wilmington

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