University of Hard Knocks
There have and will always be events that make the future of dance and performance their subject. At Tanzquartier, for example, there was a marathon event series in 2008, which saw 50 different artists, curators and theorists give one-hour accounts of their visions. However, in 2021, finding answers to the questions pertaining to our future has never been so urgent a matter since the opening of Tanzquartier. What happens to a discipline when a pandemic challenges its most basic premise: the precondition that audience and performers can share a space together to experience, exchange and discuss? Was all this just a temporary glitch of waiting and postponing, a time of moving everything last-minute to the digital sphere and of waiting endlessly to return to live events with real physical intimacy, or will we soon have to face the pandemic’s long-term consequences? Do we even need the experience of live bodies anymore, or do we need this experience more than ever? Can performance help us cope with these changes? In this lab, which will be open to the public on November 11, artists from different backgrounds, generations and artistic practices will explore and emphasize why live performance art cannot be replaced.
studied philosophy in Vienna and dance and choreography at the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam. After many years of collaborating with composers from the genre of Neue Musik (such as Bernhard Lang Maschinenhalle #1, opening event at steirischer herbst 2010, among others), her focus has shifted to the genre of “performance essay”, a format that allows her to address socio-political issues in a way that combines both emotional and analytical approaches. Performances include the productions DeSacre! Pussy Riot meets Vaslav Nijinsky (2013) as well as CLASH (2016), a response to the attacks on the LGBT club Pulse in Orlando. Productions previously shown at TQW include the three parts of Gaigg’s trilogy on the chemistry of desire: Maybe the way you made love twenty years ago is the answer? (2014, 2018), the intimate meeting space Meet (2018) and Affair (2019). Go for it let go, a piece created during lockdown, will have its premiere at TQW in January 2022.
With Claudia Bosse, Christine Gaigg, Thomas Marschall, Roland Rauschmeier, Mani Obeya