Year Premiered: 2020
Mass Effect is an award winning high-intensity performance with a cast of 7 international performers and 20 community members.
Together they push their physical limits, deal with exhaustion, motivation, and group dynamics in endurance activity. Spatial patterns carve out complex running formations and team collaboration becomes the key element as they push to the limits of their physical thresholds.
Together they move beyond exhaustion as they find their second wind. A second wind is an unpredictable phenomenon experienced in sports and long distance running whereby an athlete who is out of breath and too tired to continue suddenly finds the strength to press on at top performance with less exertion.
20 members of the local community join the 7 dancers on stage in the last 15 minutes of this 45 minute performance. They enter stage and pump up energy to offer the 7 performers that last push to keep going. The community members help activate the so-called crowd effect, filling the theatre with an energetic pulse and a total Mass Effect.
The result is a tremendous spectacle that fills the room with vitality and joy, leaving the audience on the edge of their seats, wishing to join them on stage.
Mass Effect won the Cph Culture Award for best dance performance 2021, was nominated for Aarhus theater award 2021 (Scenekunst prisen 2021), and was nominated for a National Theatre Award (Reumert Award) in the category of best performance in 2021.