Austria

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% of the last 3,400 years.  And yet, how can the experience of living in Iraq, in the midst of ongoing violence be translated to a European audience? How can we possibly understand the trauma of having an intimate knowledge of execution techniques, of a 19-year-old girl whose best friend was kidnapped and forced to marry an ISIS fighter? Milo Rau’s The Oresia in Mossul included performers from Iraq a...

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 people in the French language, a construct that does not exist in the same way in his*her native Farsi. This performance created by Sorour Darabi is a material study of the way that language penetrates us, fills us, and how this bodily encounter transforms us and transforms language. We enter a white room with a white table, white chair, two bottles of water, and a ream of paper with blue ink on it. Af...

In Performance: Gob Squad – Western Society (Vienna, Austria)

Western Society Gob Squad 30.11.2013 & 1.12.2013 brut Wien Vienna, Austria In Western Society, Gob Squad zoom their camera directly into the centre of the western home. By exploring the internet’s remote darkness, Gob Squad have brought back a tiny satellite, a fairly unspectacular unwatched video of an anonymous living room, of a family gathering somewhere at the edge of the western world. A picture that contains everything we have achieved. Everything that characterizes us and everything that separates us. Gob Squad, dripping in bling, want to bring this little moment of lived reality back to life and they want to get the image just right. The performers search for answers, deconstruct the image into pieces, reconstructing and projecting their own stories and new interpretations into...

Highlights: ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival #30 (Vienna, Austria)

ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival #30 11.7.2013 – 11.8.2013 Vienna, Austria What does an over-sized blue elephant and an Oscar winner have in common? How does a contemporary “Schuhplattler“ open new perspectives on folk dance? Who sings of nature, standing half naked in a chilly leafy forest? And to which beats does Harlem actually shake, why is Greenwhich Village not moved by this, and what’s that all got to do with Vienna, anyway!? This and a lot more is going to be explored by the 30th edition of ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival, in more than 50 productions, from July 11 until August 11, 2013. As of immediately, tickets can be bought online at www.impulstanz.com! ImPulsTanz #30 will be opened on July 9 at 9.15pm by Trajal Harrell & Friends ...

In Performance: Doris Uhlich – Come Back (Vienna, Austria)

Come Back Doris Uhlich Brut Wien 16.1./18.1./19.1./22.1./24.1. – 26.1.2013 Vienna, Austria Choreographer Doris Uhlich’s Come Back brings five former ballet dancers from Vienna’s State Opera and People’s Opera back to the brut stage long after the end of their dance careers. The dancers spent a year working with Uhlich on a futuristic archaeology: based on internalised hierarchy and ballet’s rigorous physical techniques, which came second nature to them back in the day, this work wasn’t about some nostalgic retrospective or about personal failures, but rather focused on risky perspectives: what power is in these disciplined bodies, transformed by time, in the here and now? Where can this power be discharged today? How can you make an internalised system flexible? While their contempor...

In Performance: The Forsythe Company – Sider (Vienna, Austria)

Sider The Forsythe Company Tanzquartier Wien (TQW) 12.07.2012 – 12.08.2012 Vienna, Austria Between avant-garde and virtuosity, between the zest for dance and movement research, William Forsythe’s choreographic works in the last two decades have not just renewed the codes and possibilities of classical ballet. Rather his artistic work, in its very characteristic combination of movement, language, architecture, music and technology, has left traces going far beyond in the field of contemporary art. With Sider, the exceptional choreographer and his outstanding company, who captivate through their movement technique and improvisation, are showing one of their latest performances at the Tanzquartier Wien. The rhythmical inflections of Elizabethan theater, like those of classical dance, ha...

In Performance: Dave St-Pierre – New Creation 2012 (Vienna, Austria)

New Creation 2012 Dave St-Pierre  Tanzquartier Wien 15.11.2012 – 17.11.2012 Vienna, Austria    The Canadian choreographer Dave St-Pierre is regarded as someone obsessed with the body. As a skilled provocateur, he creates images of movement that irritate but also touch his audience – sensitive, wild, entertaining and ruthless. In his new creation the last part of his celebrated trilogy on human utopias can also be seen at the Tanzquartier Wien. In a strictly reduced set with few props, the ‘enfant terrible’ of the dance scene shows an emotional play of opposites: an outline of society, its superficiality and its deficiencies; a work about humans themselves, in which he drives his 25, mostly naked dancers and his themes over the pain threshold to the extreme and makes the immediac...

In Performance: Joonas Lahtinen – EIN.KÜCHEN.BAU (Vienna, Austria)

EIN.KÜCHEN.BAU Joonas Lahtinen brut Wien 9.11.2012/10.11.2012/12.11.2012/14.11.2012 – 17.11.2012  Vienna, Austria    Life, cooking, working, a home: the fitted kitchen. EIN.KÜCHEN.BAU [A.KITCHEN.CONSTRUCTION] is simultaneously an installation, a performance, and a place of discourse. How do people live, cook, and work in fitted kitchens, and how do their inhabitants make them their homes? With audiovisual material on the kitchen’s political and aesthetic dimensions, the installation opens up multifaceted spaces of association and reveals an unusual vista onto everyday routines. In 1926, architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky laid the foundation for today’s mass-produced fitted kitchen with the “Frankfurt Kitchen”. Her emancipatory aim: the rational arrangement of normed and afford...

In Performance: Sabine Marte – Hotel Totale (Vienna, Austria)

Hotel Totale Sabine Marte  brut Wien 31.10.2012/2.11.2012/6.11.2012  Vienna, Austria      A group of travellers arrives in Hotel Totale after a turbulent journey. The hotel, somehow alive, receives the guests in a friendly way. An actress lives in the Hotel Totale as a permanent resident and has a strangely close relationship with the hotel. The guests turn out to be extremely precarious figures who move from one extreme situation to the next. The hotel increasingly enjoys them. In order to be able to keep them a little bit longer, one day it decides to continuously lower the room prices, thus increasing the time with its guests. And now the hotel suddenly starts to accept an endless number of guests. With this intermedial performance – in which the media used completely reflect ...

In Performance: Angela Richter – Assassinate Assange (Vienna, Austria)

Assassinate Assange Angela Richter brut Wien 19.10. – 22.10.2012 Vienna, Austria Julian Assange – most wanted or desired? The most famous and controversial Internet activist, WikiLeaks founder and inventor is a hero for some, a criminal, terrorist and state enemy number one for others. His person reveals the positive and negative aspects of the possibilities and freedoms in the web: his quick rise and sudden fall, the image of the modern tragic figure or the first tragic Internet hero. On the other hand, there is this investigation proceeding against him as two Swedish women have accused him of sexual harassment. Assange’s pop-star reputation has been damaged. The man who once revealed truths from the depths of the Darknet suddenly stumbled on his lack of control over his impulses. S...

Highlights: Contact Festival Vienna 25-28.10.2012 (Vienna, Austria)

Contact Festival Vienna 25.10.2012 – 28.10.2012 Wuk Vienna, Austria   The organising team, Johannes Benker, Teresa Hunyadi, Sabine Müller, Sabine Parzer and healingarts.at, invites to the first Contact Festival Vienna, Austria. Over three days there will be 4 workshops, 4 labs, a performance evening and jams – with live musicians as well as in silence – and open spaces. There will be a delicious buffet by Viktoria Kraus, you can sleep on the premises and all of that will happen in the almost historical, but surely thoroughly danced-through spaces of WUK. Workshop teachers:Eszter Gal, Mokshia Frenzel, Irene Sposetti/ Johan Nilson and Christian Apschner/ maRia Probst Lab facilitators: Mela Maresch/Lella Heindl, Martin Toman/ Oliver Schrader, Sabine Müller/Katrin Oberrauner and Hel...

In Performance: Laurent Chétouane – Sacré Sacre du Printemps (Vienna, Austria)

Sacré Sacre du Printemps Laurent Chétouane Tanzquartier Wien 12.10.-13.10.2012 Vienna, Austria One of the most influential works of music and dance history, Le Sacre du Printemps, is the theme of the latest work by Laurent Chétouane. Igor Stravinsky’s composition, which initially met with incomprehension and harsh rejection at its première in 1913, has since inspired numerous artists. Understood as a musical epochal work of modernism, the stramge is placed at the core of our society, adapted through this integration and as a result robbed of its strangeness. Laurent Chétouane picks up on these considerations: how can one leave the strange as strange? He shifts the view from the ritual sacrificial victim of spring to the choreographic and visual »sacrifice« of the work, Le Sacre du Printemp...