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In Performance: Meg Stuart’s Violet

‘VIOLET’ is Meg Stuart’s new work in which five dancers reveal simultaneously and singularly an energetic landscape, a charged terrain of options. Their actions are manifestations of surging phenomena, imperceptible but always active. Violet is a steep descent into a maelstrom, a swirl of energetic patterns and kinetic sculptures full of detail, partnered live on stage by musician Brendan Dougherty on electronics and percussion.

After a period of cross-breeding with other art forms and collaborations, Meg Stuart turns in Violet to movement as its primary motor, pairing choreography with an alchemy of the senses. Perhaps the most abstract piece so far in her long standing career, Violet bears Stuart’s unique signature, an art that hones a frail ‘condition humaine’ in its intense physical emergence.

© Chris Van der Burght

On Tour

08/24-26/2011 Tanz im August (Germany)
09/02-03/2011 Damfzentrale, Bern (Switzerland)
09/06-07/2011 La Batie Festival (Switzerland)
09/15-17/2011 Teatro Maria Matos (Portugal)
09/22-24/2011 Gessnerallee (Switzerland)
9/29-20/01/2011 Kaaitheater (Belgium)
19/14-15/2011 Centro Cultural Vila Flor (Portugal)
10/26/2011 Rotterdamse Schouwburg (Netherlands)
22/16-19/2011 Festival d’Automne

Credits:

concept & choreography Meg Stuart
created with and performed by Alexander Baczynski-Jenkins, Varinia Canto Vila, Adam Linder, Kotomi Nishiwaki, Roger Sala Reyner
live music Brendan Dougherty
dramaturgy Myriam Van Imschoot
scenography Janina Audick
light design Jan Maertens
costumes Nina Kroschinske

production Damaged Goods (Brussels)
co-production Festival d’Avignon (Avignon), La Bâtie-Festival de Genève (Geneva), Kaaitheater (Brussels), PACT Zollverein (Essen)

in collaboration with RADIALSYSTEM V and Uferstudios (Berlin)

with special support of Hauptstadtkulturfonds (Berlin)

Meg Stuart & Damaged Goods are supported by the Flemish authorities and the Flemish Community Commission

(source -Meg Stuart Website)

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble bigartgroup.com and network, blog, and publisher, contemporaryperformance.com. He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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