Encounters #2

Alexander Gottfarb
Dance
Alexander
Gottfarb

graduated from the Stockholm Ballet Academy in 2003. The Swedish artist lives in Vienna. As a dancer he has worked for choreographers like Elio Gervasi, Iztok Kovač, Chris Haring/Liquid Loft and Björn Säfsten among others. He is a founding member of The Loose Collective. In 2009 he created the association Archipelago together with Anna Maria Nowak and is since then creating his own works.

Alexander Gottfarb’s interest in examining politically (Political Movements, 2010) or religiously (Moved by Faith, 2011) motivated forms of movement was already evident in his early pieces. His latest creation Encounters #1 was a 50 hours long live-streamed dance performance with eleven dancers taking place in December 2020. The dancer and choreographer uses repetition and transformation, discipline and exhaustion in his work.

Alexander Gottfarb
Thu14.
Sat16. 
Oct
17.00–23.00/
TQW Studios, offices, workshop

Six slots are available per day at hourly intervals.

Encounters is a series of long-durational dance performances situated in workspaces. #1 took place as a 50h livestream performance in a large empty factory space. In #2, the office space will be subject to physical scrutiny. Encounters is part of the same artistic development which was established with Negotiations (2018) and continues Alexander Gottfarb’s artistic (and non-artistic) questioning of the relation between choreography and art making and the Post-Fordist capitalist society. Gottfarb is looking for and building tactics on how to be with each other. Here, the choreographic craft is being used as a tool, helping us build and explore the boundaries of sustainable relations between dancers, the audience and our environment.

In Encounters #2, the voice is introduced to Gottfarb’s otherwise physical practice, which is based on repetition and transformation of movements and expressions. The dancers inhabit the office environment of TQW, they place their “work” in spaces normally filled with desks, books and computers, where bodies are seated and the sound of typing can be heard. In this durational proposal, performers repeat gestures and utterances, songs and words, creating an ongoing dance concert in a state of flux. Gottfarb and his team invite audience members to take their time, to choose their perspective and create their own dramaturgy of the evening.

Credits

Concept, production development
Alexander Gottfarb
Choreography, performance
Alexander Gottfarb, Katharina Illnar, Nanina Kotlowsky, Raúl Maia, Anna Maria Nowak, Charlotta Ruth
Dramaturgy
Guy Cools
Music
Stephan Sperlich
Voice coaching
Clélia Colonna
Costume
Karin Pauer
Production
mollusca productions
Administration, accounting
smART.at
Encounters #2 is an Archipelago production, co-produced by Tanzquartier Wien. With kind support from the Municipal Department of Cultural Affairs, Vienna, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport and Arbeitsplatz Wien.
Alexander
Gottfarb

graduated from the Stockholm Ballet Academy in 2003. The Swedish artist lives in Vienna. As a dancer he has worked for choreographers like Elio Gervasi, Iztok Kovač, Chris Haring/Liquid Loft and Björn Säfsten among others. He is a founding member of The Loose Collective. In 2009 he created the association Archipelago together with Anna Maria Nowak and is since then creating his own works.

Alexander Gottfarb’s interest in examining politically (Political Movements, 2010) or religiously (Moved by Faith, 2011) motivated forms of movement was already evident in his early pieces. His latest creation Encounters #1 was a 50 hours long live-streamed dance performance with eleven dancers taking place in December 2020. The dancer and choreographer uses repetition and transformation, discipline and exhaustion in his work.

 
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