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Museums of Futures Past Times Present: Hatorade Retrograde The Musical

February 5 - March 26, 2021

Museums of Future Past Times Present: Hatorade Retrograde The Musical centers on an eco-feminist science fiction narrative of life in the year 2069. At the exhibition’s heart is a video documenting the 2019 premiere performance of HATORADE RETROGRADE: THE MUSICAL. The central story chronicles resistance to a future dystopia impacted by cataclysmic climate change and an oppressive technocracy, an allegory made more poignant in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The exhibition features the artist’s handmade costumes, fabric banners, and props, introducing the central characters through their distinctive attire and lightbox portraits. Haller Baggesen’s inventive ensembles feature bold patterns and silhouettes, combine disparate fashion and cultural idioms, and transmute everyday objects into sartorial hallmarks. Materials that unfold Haller Baggesen’s conceptualization process are also presented.

In the world of Haller Baggesen’s HATORADE RETROGRADE: THE MUSICAL, a crisis arises inside a high-tech domed city and spills out onto its toxic hinterland, pushing the characters to recognize their inter-dependence and re-imagine societal structures.



Southern Exposure presents HATORADE RETROGRADE: THE MUSICAL, a dance performance by Danish artist Lise Haller Baggesen presented in John McLaren Park in San Francisco on October 12-13, 2019.

Performances of HATORADE RETROGRADE: THE MUSICAL will take place at the Wilde Overlook in McLaren Park in San Francisco, a brutalist 35’ high tower with a viewing platform built from an old reservoir tank. With this history, set within an idyllic grove of redwoods, with sweeping vistas of the Bay and the south-eastern parts of the city, it’s an ideal location to imagine the future of San Francisco. 

Photos are credit of Lise Haller Baggesen, Karen Cheung, and Minoosh Zomorodinia

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