Liquid Loft - Stranger Than Paradise

This hybrid, subtle, futuristic chamber play for eight performers and an investigative camera has little in common aesthetically with Jim Jarmusch’s 1980s indie classic Stranger Than Paradise. Nonetheless, the cinema has been a type of communicating vessel for Chris Haring and his avant-garde dance project Liquid Loft since its founding in 2005: not only has Liquid Loft worked out several choreographies for special cinematic meditations in collaboration with the filmmaker Mara Mattuschka (from Legal Errorist, 2005, to Burning Palace, 2014), but also appearing throughout the compagnie’s output are allusions to maverick directors, such as Andy Warhol (in the Imploding Portraits Inevitable trilogy, 2015/16), Alain Resnais (in Blue Moon you saw ..., 2020), and David Lynch (in nearly all of their productions). The mobile mirror is the main cinematic metaphor in Stranger Than Paradise; it produces manneristic distorted images, and also the longing to dive into its dark wonderland as Lewis Carroll’s Alice once did, or Jean Cocteau’s death-yearning poet. Colors and forms blur picturesquely in the critical self-reflection.

The work, which revolves around body and spirit, extension and contraction, animalistic and artificial intelligence, operates with minimal equipment but in return, radically expands its associative potential. Along with the costumes, the identities fluctuate by the minute, one comes and goes, remains entirely to oneself, and yet in the group, draws invisible signs in the air and on the ground, the body itself is moving script that must first be decoded. Animal-human machines are what appear here, driven by hypnotic music, by trance-like slowed-down songs, which penetrate into the glistening white of the stage scenery, later also into the darkroom atmosphere. Paradise is lost, the strangeness remains. (Stefan Grissemann)

(Translation: Lisa Rosenblatt)

Orig. Title
Liquid Loft - Stranger Than Paradise
46 min
Chris Haring
dance film/video, hybride
Orig. Language
No Dialogue
Chris Haring
Liquid Loft
Michael Loizenbauer
Andreas Berger
Michael Loizenbauer
Luke Baio, Stephanie Cumming, Dong Uk Kim, Dante Murillo, Katharina Meves, Anna Maria Nowak, Arttu Palmio, Hannah Timbrell
Thomas Jelinek
Roman Harrer
Marlies Pucher
Supported by
Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur, öffentlicher Dienst und Sport / Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport, Wien Kultur MA 7
Sound Concept
Andreas Berger
Available Formats
DCP 2K flat (Distribution Copy)
Sound Format
Frame Rate
25 fps
Color Format
Digital File (prores, h264)
Festivals (Selection)
Amsterdam - Cinedans
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films
Stuttgart - Filmwinter, Expanded Media Festival