Recalling Her Dance
Among several other artists from the time Vienna was a centre of modern art, Hanna Berger (1910–1962) is one of the most prolific representatives of modern dance. She joined the ranks of the resistance during the rule of the NS regime and was subsequently arrested in Berlin on charges of communist affiliation. She returned to Vienna in 1945 and dedicated the rest of her short life to the continuous research and development of dance in all its diverse forms.
In Recalling Her Dance, Eva Schaller will engage with the biography and oeuvre of this multifaceted and politically radical artist. The performance will reference diary entries, choreographic notes and historic text and image material. Alongside heritage and the material archive, dance will be the main site and medium of information. Meanwhile, the performance itself is the consequence of a very special series of events: Hanna Berger taught her student Ottilie Mitterhuber the solo piece ‘Die Unbekannte aus der Seine’, which was then passed on to Mitterhuber’s student Esther Koller. Finally, Koller taught Eva Schaller the piece in 2018. In defiance of the usual blank spots in Austria’s dance history, these four dancers made sure a choreography about resistance was passed on in its original form.
Recalling Her Dance is a solo piece about the transfer of body knowledge, a continuous practice of dancing and reflecting on ideals and the realities of life. But it also represents the attempt to locate oneself as a dancer in the here and now.
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trained at the ballet academy of the Vienna State Opera and at Codarts Rotterdam (NL). During her studies, she collaborated on international touring productions with Emio Greco and Anouk van Dijk. She has since also worked with Christine Gaigg in Vienna as well as with Sabine Glenz on a project with the Munich Philharmonics in Germany. Since 2016 she has been teaching countertechnique at different European dance institutions.
She has presented her own choreographic projects during residencies in Athens, at Dansataliers Rotterdam, D.ID and in the context of the exhibition Alles tanzt. Kosmos Wiener Tanzmoderne (Theatermuseum, Vienna). Her solo Vestris 4.0 was shown at imagetanz brut Wien (2018), while What we hold inside (2019) has been shown at festivals in Austria and Slovenia. In 2019, she was named one of the emerging artists of 2019 by the yearbook Tanz (Berlin).