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On Abeyance is displayed as a multi-channel video.
If you press the play button the video starts in three channels running simultaneously.
You can switch between them by clicking on the numbers 1, 2, 3 at the bottom of the video frame.
It allows you to experience the performance from different perspectives and brings you closer to the diverse material:
the choreography of the dancers on stage, the contributions from the online video archive created in isolation, as well as other artistic contributions in the form of videos, drawings and texts.
The soundtrack carries you through all channels.
Have fun exploring!
A tapestry of artistic voices and perspectives, inhabited by seven performers, will see the audience completely immersed in a world of sound, movements, images and words, contemplating longing and solitude in uncertain times. The project, initiated and conceptualized by choreographer Elio Gervasi and artists David Altweger and Mira Loew, emerged from a collective space of withdrawal and an artistic exchange during the months of spring 2020. It weaves together intimate audio-visual material created by collaborative processes with dancers and artists scattered across and stuck at opposite sides of the globe, navigating the parting of as well as a confrontation with a world that more and more belongs to the realms of a distant past.
On Abeyance creates and explores a fragmented view of shared experiences, of moments of reprieve or collective trauma, the weight of privilege and the burden of memories that are erosive agents chipping away at the edges of our emotional landscapes.
founded Tanz Company Gervasi in Vienna over 30 years ago, after having worked as a dancer with Peter Goss and Merce Cunningham. In addition to choreographies for major institutions such as the Vienna State Opera Ballet and the Saarland State Theatre, his pieces have been shown at many international festivals. Elio Gervasi has received many awards, including the Austrian Dance Production Prize in 2003.
is an artist, director and educator based in London. His interdisciplinary practice is characterized by an eye for detail and artistic synthesis. Navigating the intersections of video, sound and performance, he has produced short films, music videos, immersive installations and live visuals. He is associate lecturer for digital media at Middlesex University, London and an active member of the UK Industrial group Test Dept.
is an artist, photographer and, sometimes, a choreographer. Her work focuses on how spaces are inhabited, claimed, measured, negotiated and experienced through and with the body. Movement is often the primary material in her research. She studied at London University of the Arts and Goldsmiths College, London. Her work has been exhibited, amongst others, at the Center for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, at Künstlerhaus Wien and at Musée national d’histoire et d’art Luxembourg.
With support from the Municipal Department of Cultural Affairs, Vienna, and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport.
Many thanks to all the dancers who participated through online contributions.
Special thanks to dieandi and Daniel Hager.
Duration: 60 minutes
VoD available until Tue 19 Jan, 19.30.