Author: Bonnie Jean Gabel

In Performance: Markus Öhrn, 3 Episodes of Life (Weiner Festwotchen)

3 Episodes of Life: Episode 1 Markus Öhrn May 31-June 9 Wiener Festwochen 3 Episodes of Life: Episode 1 is a reperformance of the violence and brutality present in so many rehearsal rooms stretched to their most grotesque culminating in an hour long sexual assault that is built on the exploitation of explicit and implicit power dynamics to put a young dancer in humiliating circumstances. In the fo...

In Performance: Benjamin Verdonck, Leidlein Für Gigi (Weiner Festwotchen)

Liedlein Für Gigi (Songs for Gigi)Benjamin VerdonckJune 6-9 2019Wiener Festwochen A box with strings, two musicians, a voice. Sometimes the most direct path to hope is through simplicity. Inside of a hand made mini theater shapes, colors, and lights dance and flicker. The shapes are all linear, squares, rectangles and triangles, calling to a cityscape. Hidden in the dark, Benjim Verdonk creates mo...

In Performance: Romeo Castellucci/ Societas, Le Metope del Partenone (Wiener Festwotchen)

Le Metope del Partenone Romeo Castellucci/ Societas June 7-9, 2019 Wiener Festwochen We walk into a blank warehouse, grey floors and off white walls. There are some stains, remnants from earlier performances. A few benches line the sides of the room.  Everyone is clinging to the walls. A woman walks in with stage makeup on. It’s hard to tell at first what the injuries are. With her are three indiv...

In Performance: Milo Rau/NT Gent, Orset in Mossul (Weiner Festwootchen)

Orest in Mossul Milo Rau/NTGent June 6-8 2019 Wiener Festwochen The first statement in the ghent manifesto reads “It’s not just about portraying the world anymore. It’s about changing it. The aim is not to depict the real, but to make the representation itself real.” Some performances are necessary and impossible. Violence is cyclical. According to the New York Times, we have been at war for 92% o...

In Performance: Sorour Darabi, Farci.e (Wiener Festwochen)

Farci.e Sorour Darabi June 5-6 2019 Wiener Festwochen How does language encounter our bodies? What happens when our unexplainable being collides with insufficient and colonialist linguistic frameworks? Farcie is the French word for stuffed. Sorour Darabi is an Iranian artist. While studying in France and learning to speak French he*she was troubled by the incessant need to gender objects and peopl...