Wiener Festwochen 2019

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 individuals in white lab coats. They help the performer down, add makeup to the wounds and spill blood on the gray floor of the warehouse. So much blood. It streams out from her head in little rivers that wind their way to the audience who has gathered in a clump, straining to see. Some people are pushing through the crowd to get a better look. This is not real, they are telling us with the gesture. Th...

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...