“Until now finding myself was already having an idea of a person and fitting myself into it: I’d incarnate myself into this organised person, and didn’t even feel the great effort of construction that is living.” — Clarice Lispector
Who or what or where are “The People”? Historian Edmund Morgan argues in Inventing the People: “The people are never visible as such. Before we ascribe sovereignty to the people, we have to imagine that there is such a thing, something we personify as though it were a single body, capable of thinking, of acting, of making decisions and carrying them out.”
So, let us imagine. Let us personify. Let us make this single body visible on stage. One single body. A body that is not always smart, not always interesting, not always informed, not always prepared, not always friendly. A body that is not always honest and competent and sincere and hard-working. A body that is a little bit spoilt and narcissistic. Someone like you. Someone like us. Someone like “The People”. Maybe.
Thanks: Theater im Bahnhof Graz, Das andere Theater, IG Tanz Graz, Share Your Darlings
Marta Navaridas (born in San Sebastián) studied Translation Studies at Pompeu Fabra University Barcelona, Choreography at ArtEZ University Arnhem and was guest student at the Amsterdam University of the Arts.
Alex Deutinger (born in Salzburg) studied Translation Studies at Karl Franzens University Graz and Contemporary Dance at Anton Bruckner University Linz. Together, they have been creating text-based performances since 2008.
Selected works: Speaking of Which, On the Other Hand, Your Majesties, Queen of Hearts, Pontifex. Their works have been touring internationally. They have been selected as apap – network artists 2016–2020, Swedish Dancenet artists 2014, Aerowaves Priority company 2013 and won the BestOFF-Styria Award 2010 for their Obama choreography Your Majesties.