DOOM (THE MOVIE) is Layton Lachman & Samuel Hertz‘ offering of rhythms, textures, and ways of being-with, together. Even as apocalypses bloom around us, they dance non-stop and launch into a doom-metal concert, howling the approach to the end of the world — a collective grieving and celebration in the face of oncoming doom. They invite us to see, feel, and hear the slow changes of an ending world, and yet propose a non-fatalistic way of attending to each other with care, imagining alternatives to the end-of-days scenario.
LAYTON LACHMAN creates performances rooted in somatics and directs these experiences into immersive, sensory complex worlds. Layton is committed to a dance practice that focuses on group studies, the expansion of “The Commons” and collective authorship – with the understanding that we always work with the people who come before, after and with us. After earning a BFA in choreography from the University of Ohio, Layton moved to San Francisco and has worked with Abby Crain, Mara Poliak, Margit Galanter, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Sara Shelton Mann and SALTA, among others. In Berlin, Layton worked mainly with the T.E.N.T. collective. Layton set up a research studio, organized events, parties and shows in Berlin, Dresden, Stockholm and on free farmlands. laytonlachman.com
SAMUEL HERTZ is a composer/researcher specialized in sound and climate. Previous performances on infrasound, acoustic ecology and radiophonic lunar transmission have been presented at venues such as the Palais de Tokyo (FR), Fylkingen (SE), Pioneer Works (US), Opera North (UK) and the National Science + Media Museum (UK). Hertz has written seven essays on sound and the environment, and his research is currently underway as part of the School of Infinite Rehearsals/Onassis Future Initiative. samhertzsound.com
CONCEPT Layton Lachman & Samuel Hertz CHOREOGRAPHY, DIRECTION Layton Lachman ORIGINAL COMPOSITION Samuel Hertz CREATED AND PERFORMED WITH emeka ene & Caroline Neill Alexander DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Ethan Folk 1. CAMERA Ivanka Tramp 2. CAMERA Ethan Folk COSTUMES Ivanka Tramp LIGHTING MINQ EDITING Ethan Folk SOUND MIX Samuel Hertz
DOOM (THE MOVIE) is a production by Layton Lachman & Samuel Hertz in co-production with Tanztage Berlin | SOPHIENSÆLE. The festival Tanztage Berlin is funded by Senate Department for Culture and Europe. This production was also made possible with the generous support of DIS-TANZEN and Musikfonds e.V. Special thanks to Mateusz Szymanówka, Walter Freitag, Nadja Krüger, Thea Reifler, Anna Fitoussi, Johannes Paul Raether, Cajsa Godée, Abby Crain & Mara Poliak, Flutgraben Performances, and Ponderosa e.V. DOOM exists in the afterglow of the amazing work and legacy of Kathleen Hermesdorf (1967-2020) & Mariana Nobre Vieira (1989-2020).