Cordyceps sinensis is a fungus that grows on and within the larvae of ghost moths, overtaking their bodies before sprouting a long, delicate stem up through the earth and signaling the cycle to continue. Found only in the high altitudes of the Tibetan plateau in the Himalayan mountains, this fungus alters the very being of these young insects, consuming them as it becomes both them and itself. It is a vital source of economic survival for Tibetans who gently search for them in the seasonal arid soil and traffic the transformed fungal arthropods as a luxury herbal remedy on the global market. It is a rarity at the top of the world, where unseen processes enter a globalized system: the parasitic as fiscal, social and creative engine.
Taking inspiration from these environmental mechanisms, the festival The New Balance curated by Lhaga Koondhor considers the creative life of an Eurocentric city, in production and performance, through the processes of assimilation, accomodation and exclusion. The performances and events here tackle the traditions of the existing cultures of entertainment and presentation, and especially those that are habitually funded and discussed, and seeks to undermine and combine them. This series looks to be one where the whole is not only greater than its parts, but richer and more vibrant and active in ways of learning and enjoyment.
Those whose lives are in Zurich (born, came or otherwise) should feel wrapped into a situation that expands and incorporates standard understandings of the clubber. Building bridges is the hallmark of an active community and we seek a need to encourage the sonic talents of female-identifying, partially female-identifying, femme, non-binary & queer individuals. Through music, art, fashion and life.
Here, above all else, is a celebration of personal background and creative journey inspired by the rhythms of the world and the identical balance that we often overlook in society. Announcing immigration and stability as duel powers, it sees this nightlife as a host always bound to be a guest again. Local, progressing and growing. The dichotomy of change while maintaining the self. Here is an expansion of theatre as a cycle of inclusion and disturbance. A total program of different genres and audiences interacting. All receiving, all exchanging.
The languages of nightlife, art and theatre are endless and overlapping. This project is an experiment and it is a hybrid, designed by hybrids, of translation, renegotiating expectations and time towards a dialect new and more universal. Networks proliferate. There’s a desire to negotiate them together. Within the city we live in, some at day and some only at night. Online and time zones away. Some institutionally their own. In this expressive styling a cyborg seeks to be born, with a curiosity to invite a diversity of locale and class and experience to participate in a project as unifier.
How else do you keep yourself in a new context then by inventing a new you? One that orbits the original but traveling outward inclusively.