Creative Crossroads Cycle One 2023–2024

Lau Lukkarila

Lau Lukkarila is a choreographer and performer born in Oulu, Finland, living in Vienna. Deeply moved by music, visual arts, literature and dance; they are interested in devotional awkwardness and the presence of an emotional body in the act of dancing and performing. Recent works include Trouble (2019) at the Rakete Festival in Tanzquartier Wien, NYXXX (2020) at imagetanz with brut Wien as well as ImPulsTanz 2021, kneading to the 3rd millennia (2021) at brut Wien as part of Freischwimmer Network. As Schoßhund Lau has released three internet EP's: Superlike (2018), HUFKLANG (2020) and HEAVYCRUSH (2022).

In summer 2023 Lau created the piece Lapse and the Scarlet Sun in collaboration with Luca Bonamore, which brings together iconic moments and best-before dances in an imagined karaoke bar. Bonamore and Lukkarila study their relationship to symptomatic numbness and set off to preserve make-believe. Sweaty dance sequences in gowns move allegories of an aging teenager, pop-Sappho and contemporary Marlene Dietrich, who hustle on the grave of neutrality. Compelling sound is designed by Lan Rex and visuals of pouty garden roses and intimate sceneries from day-to-day life are created by Ju Aichinger. The stage design awakens in the hands of Lea Steinhilber and the show is lit up by light designer Leo Kuraité. In winter 2023 Lau began new research with collaborators. In 2024 they are touring, working in residencies and creating new work.