battleROYAL presents “Soft Landing”, a gentle research into the future of our rapidly aging society. The piece explores themes of social isolation, independence and loneliness through the world of a generic 75 year-old man. The human marionette systems represent the thin red lines that govern a society both supporting and restricting. They physically suspend the characters on stage, at times giving them a rare sense of freedom. The relentlessly gentle execution of “Soft Landing” produces an oppressive weight of passivity. Its determined and creepy softness and slowness is the work’s irritating, strange power.
“(Soft Landing)…fascinates from the first until the last minute.” Torben Ibs, Leipziger Volkszeitung