Koan

2018

Koan is a contemporary dance work created by BFT’s choreographer and senior ensemble member, Mariya Sazonova, inspired by Samuel Beckett’s great masterwork, Waiting for Godot, as well as its namesake – Koan – a construct of Zen Buddhism referring to a succinct paradoxical statement or question used as a meditation discipline for novices. 

Breathtaking choreography repeats and repeats in a frenzied – yet never resolved – loop, as Koan speaks to the agony of being in a vigorously physical and hypnotic performance.

“I was at Koan and loved it. The actors kept going till the very end, the live music accompaniment was completely unimaginably cool. I didn’t immediately get the meaning and I was just watching it for its aesthetics, and then I thought - I’ve got it - and my feelings soared. In short, thank you - very strong stuff!” 

Audience member, 2018