If there is an impossibility in repetition, isn’t everything improvised?
Improvisation: a single word. Within it, a vast landscape of personal/collective histories and present knowledge, striding side by side with opaque conceptions and myths.
A laboratory on improvisation: a sentence, suggesting the study and experiment of improvisation through improvisation.
We come together as seven artists, each with our own past and present regarding this theme, to experience the diversity in the thinking, mapping and practicing of our existing improvisational practices while leaving an opening for cross-pollination to work its magic.
No longer to be defined in binary opposition to choreography, improvisation belongs to the realm of words we all necessarily relate to, but few agree on the exact meaning – a little bit like Love perhaps.
The laboratory takes place from 13 till 25 May.
is a Portuguese dancer and performance artist based in Vienna. His focus as a dance maker is on creating frames for physical behaviour practices, from which physical language can arise and be re-contextualised in artistic objects. He divides his time between his own work and his ongoing artistic collaboration with Belgium choreographer Thomas Steyaert. His work has been shown at festivals and institutions such as ImPulsTanz, eXplore dance festival (Bucharest), fabrik Potsdam, iDANS Istanbul, Tanzquartier Wien, WUK and brut (both Vienna), a. o. As a performer, he has collaborated with Wim Vandekeybus / Ultima Vez, Anna MacRae, Tino Sehgal, Fanni Futterknecht, Mike O’Connor, Sofia Dias & Vítor Roriz and Paul Wenninger, a. o.
is a choreographer and performer currently living in Vienna. Previously, she has lived and worked in New York City, Athens, Brussels, and Portland, Oregon. Her work explores the collective histories of dance lineages embedded in a dancer’s muscle memory as a living archaeology. Currently, she is developing a new piece with visual artist Julia Zastava and musician Ana Threat on hauntings, specifically looking at the complicated political histories of early Modern Dance. As a performer, she has participated in the works of DD Dorvillier, Miguel Gutierrez, Anne Juren, Jennifer Lacey, and Frédéric Gies, among others. Elizabeth received her BA from Bennington College in Vermont, where she focused on improvisation as a performance practice.
Raul Maia & Elizabeth Ward
with Emilia Lichtenwagner & Nora Jacobs