Dante in the Elevator


by Lindy Annis

A piece for 17 figures and a paternoster lift

(in the Gebäude des Senators für Bau-und Wohnwesen, Berlin)


Ten dancers (the same as the amount of lift platforms) enter one by one into a moving "paternoster lift." With a fly swatter they chase an imaginary fly inside of the lift (increasing, irregular slapping noise). Decreasingly, they get off the lift after around twelve minutes, accompanied by a faint, continuous drum swirl in one of the lift platforms.

The audience is on four floors. 

SÅJ, '92

Project sketch