Mad Red – 1999


© Wim Van Eesbeek
Three figures are wound up and set to run amok with a desperation that suggests time is running out: a man with a fur fetish; a woman wearing shiny new red clogs; and a pink grandma grinding out electro.

All that is nasty, pretty and dreamy in the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood is distilled to create a skew-whiff fantasy. Mad Red is a personal view on socialization realized with a maximum of physical and emotional vigour.
The characters appear to be led by an unseen hand and take on automaton qualities. They are adrenalized by thumping drum beats and bass lines which drive them to acts of self destruction executed with prescision and acrobatic agility.

Mixing and cutting dance, acrobatics and theatre with live sound defines Mad Red’s raw and instinctive style. This work is a compulsive reaction to urbanity, a foreboding of what is to come.