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Highlights: Tanz Im August (Berlin)

Tanz Im August kicked off its annual festival on Friday August 10, 2012. It will run from Aug 10 until Aug 25, 2012. Below are Contemporary Performance’s Highlights. The full program can be viewed at the Tanz Im August website. SNAKESKINS (A FAKE SOLO) par b.l.eux / Benoit Lachambre HALLE TANZBÜHNE BERLIN 19. Aug / 21 h 20. Aug / 21 h 21. Aug / 20 h The charismatic performer Benoît Lachambre transforms on stage like a moulting animal. But is he in a mode of regression, or is this advanced evolution? Or do these terms relate more to a society that has lost any sense of the future? A multimedia, multi-sensory stage object, »Snakeskins« explores the skin as a surface of resistance with the rigidity of constructed definitions: a visceral and vital manifesto about the multiplicity of the ...

Highlights: ImPulsTanz Festival 2012 (Vienna, Austria)

  ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival July 12 – August 14 Thousands of professional dancers, choreographers and teachers from all over the world, come together, work together, for five weeks, in one city – ImPulsTanz. 1984. In Austria‘s leading cultural city Vienna the cultural manager Karl Regenburger and the choreographer Ismael Ivo launch the Internationale Tanzwochen Wien in order to give contemporary dance a voice in Austria. With six teachers – amongst them the well-known Joe Alegado, Germaine Acogny and Walter Raines – and twenty workshops, the two organizers get the festival started. A new dance culture unfolds itself and spreads out. Four years later a performance element is added to the increasingly successful workshop festival. In 1988 the ImPulsTanz Vienna Int...

Highlights: Centrale Fies Drodesera Festival July 20-27 2012 (Dro, Italy)

UFFICI DEL FESTIVAL / MAIN OFFICE Centrale Fies Località Fies 1 38074 Dro, TN tel. +39 0464 504700 fax +39 0464 504733 Below are Contemporary Performance Network’s Highlights. Full Program can be viewed here–> GRAVE DEWEY DELL 20.07 h 20.30 turbina 2 40 min Dewey Dell is part of the Fies Factory project “Grave” is an Italian word which indicates something that has a weight, that is subject to the force of gravity. The movement of this short performance is about the sensation of a precipitating body, the slowness of its gestures while gravity makes it crashing to the ground, at a stratospheric speed. The moment is firm in the speed. A motionless moment inside the speed of a body which knows it’s going to crash to the ground. A LOUER PEEPING TOM 20.07 h 21.30 21.07 h 21.00 tur...

Highlights: The Festival d’Avignon July 7-21, 2012 (France)

“The associate artist of this 66th Festival is the actor and director Simon McBurney. After studying with Jacques Lecoq in Paris, he returned to London where he founded his company Complicite, which knows no bounds, either geographic or artistic. Each of his creations is an opportunity to bring together collaborators using all the media possible: words, often adapted from literature, bodies, gestures, images and music. Together they find a common language by creating an iconoclastic and moving theatre. Simon McBurney’s choice to adapt, for the Cour d’honneur of the Popes’ Palace, The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov shows his desire to stage rich and lively stories in which different times and imaginative worlds intertwine, and to consider the theatre above ...

Highlights: Festival TransAmériques (Montreal, Canada) 5.24-6.9.2012

An international event celebrating new works in contemporary dance and theatre, the Festival TransAmériques combines disciplines and artistic trends under cohesive programming. The Festival presents exciting forms of the art of our era, featuring works by choreographers, writers and directors. The only criterion is to present strong work, regardless of theme or place of origin. A vehicle for dialogue between cultures and generations, the Festival TransAmériques showcases major artists as well as artists whose emerging voices rise above the fray, influential and audacious. It supports these exemplary artistic approaches through co-productions. The Festival is a place to meet, a major get-together. It encourages exchange between artists and audience. Workshops, debates and round table discus...

Highlights: Queer New York Festival June 7-16, 2012 (NYC)

Queer New York International (QNYI) is a performing and visual arts festival that will take place for the first time from June 5 – 16, 2012 and will present some of the most exciting artists from all over the world. The goal is to create an artistic context that will respond to a process of systematic narrowing of the very idea of what queer (in) art is. The QNYI Festival will create a new understanding of queer that will redefine what has become the preconceived, expected and very stereotypic notion of the term as marginalized entertainment and burlesque-type drag aesthetic lacking any artistic relevance. This impoverished reality will be approached by an empowered new concept of queer as a wider platform for excellence in arts, capable of tracking, discovering and interpreting new trends...

Featured: Performing Institution Symposium at Artists Space May 26-29, 2012 (NYC)

Performing Institution May 26 and May 29, 2012 Symposium Artists Space : Books & Talks 55 Walker Street As part of its contribution to Whitney Biennial 2012, Artists Space presents the third of three symposia that address themes in response to the Biennial. Taking as its starting point the 2012 Whitney Biennial’s allocation of the fourth floor Emily Fischer Landau Galleries as a performance space for music, dance, theater, and participatory programming, this series of talks considers the status of performance and “virtuosity” within the parameters of an institutional public sphere. Does this turn towards “activity without end product” potentially shift entrenched relations between institution and artist, artwork and viewer, or reinforce a contemporary experience of totalizing social pr...

Highlights: Alkantara Festival 2012 (Portugal)

Alkantara is an association based in Lisbon, dedicated to the development of the performing arts in Portugal and in an international context. Its work is motivated by a worldview mindful of difference and a less Eurocentric vision of contemporary artistic creation. Known until 2005 as Danças na Cidade (‘Dances in the City’), the association focused its efforts on the promotion of contemporary dance and the work of young Portuguese choreographers. Highlights from this period include the collaborative projects Dançar o que é Nosso (‘Dancing What is Ours’, begun in 1998) and the Danças na Cidade festival (1993-2004), an internationally relevant platform for the distribution of dance, recognized for its focus on new creators and spirit of artistic and cultural dialogue. In 2005, the associatio...

Highlights: La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival (NYC)

La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival, which takes place in all three of our venues and features over 50 emerging and seasoned choreographers, reflects La MaMa’s longstanding mission to performance that transcends politics and unifies cultures. 2012 Festival Line-Up: May 9: Love Story, Palestine May11: Chamber Works I May 17: Beauty May 17: The Mermaid Show May 18: Chamber Works II May 19: Digital Duets May 20: East Village Dance Project Love Story, Palestine May 9 – May 12, 2012 Wednesday – Friday at 7:30pm Saturday at 2:30pm & 7:30pm Free Admission – Reservation Required. Concept, Design and Choreography by Yoshiko Chuma and School of Hard Knocks This is a fiction based on the true story Occupation Layer: PALESTINE by Yoshiko Chuma featuring members of Palestinian Dance Troupe El-Funoun from...

Highlights: Festival Bo:m 2.22-4.18.2012 (Seoul, Korea)

The Festival Bo:m is an international festival of performing arts and visual arts that is multi-cultural as well as multi-genre. The Festival Bo:m produces art works and productions by Korean as well as international artists whose works represent an unique vision in their art. The Festival Bo:m will introduce innovative and avant-garde Korean and international art works. The Festival Bo:m values the spirit of experimentation and challenge, and places the focus on discovering new artists which are at the heart of the festival. The Festival Bo:m strives to introduce artists with diverse cultural background especially from Asia on the international stage. The Festival Bo:m will be held for three weeks in spring every year. This year the festival is scheduled from 22th March to 18th April, and...

Highlights: American Realness Festival 01.05-14.2012 (NYC)

BIG ART GROUP BROKE HOUSE THURS JAN 5 & 12 8:30 PM SAT JAN 7 9:30 PM FRI JAN 13 8:30 PM SAT JAN 14 7:00 PM Run time: 75 minutes ABRONS ARTS CENTER PLAYHOUSE 466 Grand Street / tickets $15 / AbronsArtsCenter.org Broke House is a new group performance from Caden Manson / Big Art Group and follows a narrative about the residents of a house and their hanger-on, once a documentary filmmaker arrives to capture their lives. On a skeletal set webbed with video cameras, the characters try to recall their given roles as inevitably the foundations of their dreams collapse, and they are thrown into the desert of their own futures. Part comedy, part ritual, part love spell. The Performance explores the process of construction, when that process becomes sharply interrupted by historical events, and ...

Highlights: Slow Down Winter Performance Festival December 15-18, 2011 (Amsterdam, NL)

Slow Down Winter Performance Festival presents original productions created by artists who explore the boundaries of performance. It is a festival for artists with a unique view on the world and for audiences unafraid of questioning their own perspectives. A selection of 9 international performance-artist is presenting art pieces which durational nature, giving the audience the freedom of time consumption. “Paul Virilio’s essay The Aesthetics of Disappearance, considers the motivations and repercussions of a contemporary society fascinated by speed. He notes that the speed at which something happens may change its essential nature, and that which moves with speed quickly comes to dominate that which is slower. Virilio is precisely attuned to the culturally correlated obsession with m...

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