The Endless Island of Absence
In her latest choreography, Linda Samaraweerová examines the meaning of happiness as a cultural myth that is subject to social constraints. The pursuit of happiness puts contemporary people in a paradox situation. Promises of happiness are lurking everywhere in today’s fun and adventure society, luring people with social and economic temptations. In this context, the state of being happy turns into a dictatorially prescribed duty, and happiness ultimately becomes an inflationary, vulgar commodity directed against human beings and their freedom. Because unhappiness means social death. Linda Samaraweerová has developed an alternative model by way of choreography. She is looking for a poetic space, for a reduction of sensory impressions. What happens if you step into the darkness, into nothingness?
graduated from the P.A.R.T.S. dance and performance school in Belgium. She has been collaborating with Karl Karner since 2005, crossing the genres of visual and performing arts. She has developed choreographic works from sculpture, installation, performance, dance, theatre, video and film, which are performed in theatres, museums and galleries.
Her projects have been shown regularly at Tanzquartier Wien since 2009, as well as at other venues/events, including Steirischer Herbst, brut, ImPulsTanz, Donaufestival, Lentos Museum, Neue Galerie Graz, KM – Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst und Medien. She has also presented her projects abroad in the Czech Republic, France, Romania, Italy, Sri Lanka, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Germany and Switzerland. Publications: Greenkasten (Kerber Verlag, 2012); I Think We Have A Good Time (2009).
In cooperation with nadaLokal and Studio Matsune.
With support from the Municipal Department of Cultural Affairs, Vienna, and the Arts Section at the Federal Chancellery of Austria.
Limited number of seats
Ticket combo: With the ticket for The Endless Island of Absence the performance La Caresse du Coma is only € 5. Available at the TQW box office.