In this exploration of aluminium and aluminium worlds, aluminium worlding, we approach a hallucination of a dance. An h-alu-dance that could lead us streamlined into an accelerated, metallic future. But: how can the inscriptions of this metal be described? How do they connect with our actions? How do they give rise to movements between life and death? We witness hissing sounds, sparkling lights, weightless mobility; we want to treasure the beauty of the material; the intelligence of the soil; the earth from which it comes. We are in search of other patterns of perception: landscapes are bodies, they condense time, they are flesh around haunted voids. They ask: How can we haul a life in the Anthropocene? We answer: In what ways do we know when we walk on broken and exploited soils? The spine is a snake that seeks other companions. Sisterhood asks for regenerative practices and sustainability, about ways we can relate to each other. Perhaps plants will show us the way as our fingers move like the roots of trees and other beings. We share fragments of ancient myths for the future. Writing is inseparable from our existence. By sharing our myriad of imprints, we try to translate them. We touch to read. And we dance in an attempt to transform ourselves into a crackpot of mystery and intricate care. (Written in the precious company of Alix Eynaudi, Elisabeth Schäfer, Mimi Sheller and Medusa)
Following the premiere on 15.06., there will be a book presentation which dances – which writes. Aluminium Assemblagen* (Sonderzahl Verlag, Vienna 2023): Julia Grillmayr (cultural scientist, science fiction researcher) and Anna Leon (TQW theory) in conversation with the editors Sabina Holzer (choreographer, dancer, author) and Elisabeth Schäfer (philosopher*). In English and German.
* With contributions by Thomas Ballhausen, David Ender, Alix Eynaudi, Jack Hauser, Sabina Holzer, Kartin Hornek, Herbert Justnik, Niamo Lattner, Jeroen Peeters, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Elisabeth Schäfer, Tanja Traxler, Brigitte Wilfing
supports temporary, friendly gatherings of art, different people and things. Like this, choreographer, dancer and writer Sabina Holzer tries to let passionate, tender, unbound ‘exposures of a community to come’ emerge. In connection with somatic body practices, philosophy, and poetry, enigmatic, collaborative, artistic research, texts, performances, and interventions in public space, galleries, museums, and theatres have been created since 2005.
Artistic direction, concept, performance Aluminium Concept, performance Sabina Holzer Concept, space, video Jack Hauser Text, performance Elisabeth Schäfer Choreographic accompaniment Alix Eynaudi Sound Thomas Wagensommerer Compositional accompaniment Brigitte Wilfing Production mollusca productions – A co-production by Tanzquartier Wien and cattravelsnotalone. A big thank you to the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art, Eindorf – Ort für zeitgenössische Kunst, Altmetalle Kranner, Gaugle Metalle, Demontage- und Recycling-Zentrum Wien. Supported by the Municipal Department of Cultural Affairs, Vienna, and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport. Heartfelt gratitude to Esther Figuera, her work, and the film Fly Me To The Moon, Philipp Gehmacher, David Ender, Christa Spatt. Thank you to the TQW team and visitors for the collected aluminium materials.