Expectations are at the forefront of On Stage. A solo figure casually installed at the front of the stage morphs seamlessly from one iconic image to the next. The enacted poses, all infiltrated in a mode of a grand presentation, are held in long frames of stillness, giving time to the viewer to see each embodied position. The sound score moves in and out of recognisable references building an emotional world of a spectacle meant to take place. The lighting design enhances the performer’s spatial choice by revealing them as the central figure, performing here and now for their audience. Performative archetypes are in play while duration takes over. The performer’s intensity becomes visible and almost tangible, and an intimate exchange with the audience is at stake.
Artist Talk following the show on Sat 25.11. Moderation: Pieternel Vermoortel (Senior Curator, steirischer herbst). In English.
is an artist and choreographer working with live performance, installation, sculpture, photography, and video. Her works have been presented at Secession, Vienna; Centre Pompidou, Paris; K20, Düsseldorf; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; MoMA, NY; Hammer Museum, LA; Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; The Kitchen, NY; documeta14, Kassel; Performa, NY; 55th Venice Biennale, amongst others.
Performed by Maria Hassabi Sound design Stavros Gasparatos, Maria Hassabi Lighting design Aliki Danezi Knutsen Clothing Victoria Bartlett, Maria Hassabi Co-produced by Tanzquartier Wien, Vienna; Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels; Festival d’Automne, Paris; Julidans, Amsterdam Management, distribution Something Great
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