Celestial Sorrow

Meg Stuart & Jompet Kuswidananto / Damaged Goods
Dance & Performance
© Laura van Severen 
Meg
Stuart,

born in New Orleans, is an American choreographer and dancer, living and working in Berlin and Brussels. Stuart decided to move to New York in 1983 and studied dance at New York University. She continued her training at Movement Research. Interested in devising her own structure through which to develop artistic projects, Stuart founded Damaged Goods in Brussels in 1994. Together they have worked on over thirty productions, ranging from solos to large-scale choreographies. Improvisation is an important part of Meg Stuart’s practice. She has initiated several improvisation projects. The use of theatrical devices, in addition to the dialogue between movement and narrative, are recurrent themes in her choreographies. Stuart’s choreographic work revolves around the idea of an uncertain body, one that is vulnerable and self-reflexive. Her artistic work is analogous to a constantly shifting identity.

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Jompet
Kuswidananto

is an Indonesian artist whose work ranges from installations and sound pieces to performances and theatre productions. Originally trained as a musician, Kuswidananto turned to the visual arts and went on to work within the local Yogyakata art community. His practice focuses on the issues of politics, colonialism, power and mass mobilization in post-reformation Indonesia, while also exploring the country’s history and the complexities of contemporary life in a globalized world. His works have been shown at the Yokohama Triennale (2008), the 10th Lyon Biennale (2009) and Phantoms of Asia at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco (2012). Solo shows include Java’s Machine: Phantasmagoria at the Osage Gallery, Singapore and Hong Kong (2009 and 2010), Grand Parade at the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam (2014) and On Paradise at MAC’s Grand-Hornu, Belgium (2017).

 

Meg Stuart & Jompet Kuswidananto / Damaged Goods
Thu28.
Sat30. 
Nov
19.30 /
TQW Halle G
 
     
  • Thu 28. Nov
  • Fri 29. Nov
  • Sat 30. Nov
€ 20/15/10

„For many years, I’ve been thinking about ghosts as unfinished business, and the way in which unresolved conflicts affect both our presence and our movements. Our bodies are constantly shuttling between objects, sounds, lights, voices and unprocessed events from the past. This might awaken a dormant presence, whether we like it or not.“ — Meg Stuart

For Celestial Sorrow, Meg Stuart collaborates for the first time with Indonesian visual artist Jompet Kuswidananto. Departing from possession and implanted fictional traumas, they create a vibrant world of light and movement, inhabited by three performers and two musicians. Together the group embarks on an exploratory journey, moving through imaginary and invisible spaces, and the voices that make them resonate.

Credits

Choreography
Meg Stuart
Installation
Jompet Kuswidananto
Created and performed by
Jule Flierl, Gaëtan Rusquet, Claire Vivianne Sobottke
Live music
Mieko Suzuki, Ikbal Simamora Lubys
Light design
Jan Maertens
Costume design
Jean-Paul Lespagnard
Dramaturgy
Jeroen Versteele
Sound design
Richard König
Assistant costume design
Coline Firket, Isabelle Lhoas
Rehearsal coach
Joséphine Evrard
Technical direction
Jitske Vandenbussche
Light
Britt De Jonghe
Stage technician
Siemen Van Gaubergen
Dresser
Patty Eggerickx
Tour manager
Delphine Vincent
Production management
Nara Virgens, Delphine Vincent
A coproduction by Damaged Goods (Brussels) and Tanzquartier Wien, EUROPALIA INDONESIA, Goethe-Institut Indonesien, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Kaaitheater (Brussels), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt/Main), PACT Zollverein (Essen). Celestial Sorrow is commissioned by the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis) with support provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund.
Thanks to Franziska Dieterich, Ingrid Müller-Farny, Muhammad Nur Qomaruddin, Isabelle Pauwelyn, Arco Renz, Margaux Schwarz. Meg Stuart & Damaged Goods are supported by the Government of Flanders and the Flemish Community Commission.
Meg
Stuart,

born in New Orleans, is an American choreographer and dancer, living and working in Berlin and Brussels. Stuart decided to move to New York in 1983 and studied dance at New York University. She continued her training at Movement Research. Interested in devising her own structure through which to develop artistic projects, Stuart founded Damaged Goods in Brussels in 1994. Together they have worked on over thirty productions, ranging from solos to large-scale choreographies. Improvisation is an important part of Meg Stuart’s practice. She has initiated several improvisation projects. The use of theatrical devices, in addition to the dialogue between movement and narrative, are recurrent themes in her choreographies. Stuart’s choreographic work revolves around the idea of an uncertain body, one that is vulnerable and self-reflexive. Her artistic work is analogous to a constantly shifting identity.

damagedgoods.be

Jompet
Kuswidananto

is an Indonesian artist whose work ranges from installations and sound pieces to performances and theatre productions. Originally trained as a musician, Kuswidananto turned to the visual arts and went on to work within the local Yogyakata art community. His practice focuses on the issues of politics, colonialism, power and mass mobilization in post-reformation Indonesia, while also exploring the country’s history and the complexities of contemporary life in a globalized world. His works have been shown at the Yokohama Triennale (2008), the 10th Lyon Biennale (2009) and Phantoms of Asia at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco (2012). Solo shows include Java’s Machine: Phantasmagoria at the Osage Gallery, Singapore and Hong Kong (2009 and 2010), Grand Parade at the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam (2014) and On Paradise at MAC’s Grand-Hornu, Belgium (2017).

 

 
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