The three theory curators bring different perspectives to the table: in addition to a choreographic-analytical approach, a pop-culture outlook critical of society and a queer/feminist perspective are increasingly taken into account as well. Some of the theory programme is thematically linked with TQW’s performance programme, but besides that it also investigates essential issues in the fields of choreography and performance, or, more generally, major concerns of our time.
The lab programme regularly held at the TQW Studios is dedicated to exploration and exchange between local as well as international artists and experts.
Unhampered by the customary pressure to produce and present, the participants can explore general topical, specific or utterly unusual aspects of contemporary choreography and performance. Some of the subjects addressed relate to the contemporaneous performance programme at Tanzquartier Wien to enable a closer examination.
However, the labs also provide those interested with a platform to inquire into urgent issues of our time, irrespective of TQW’s programme. Experts or artists curate and run the labs.
Exposure to a community to come
This transdisciplinary research examines the materiality of writing, which means the writing and being written of bodies in relation to their environment. What are the inscriptions, indentions and traces? As writing is based on movement, gestures, vibration and time, surfaces and (writing) instruments, reading will evolve into an awareness of listening and getting in touch.
It is an invitation to a future nature-culture fiction about the mess we’re in. And how we are struggling with scribbling gestures to make sense of time. It is an invitation to listen to choreographies of coexistence, to detect endangered seeds and to delve into our relations with them.
Following the need to act in solidarity, we share our artistic practices and investigate transversal alliances. They involve non-human agents, technologic-ally-mediated elements, earth-others (land, waters, plants, animals) and non-human inorganic agents (plastic, wires, information highways, algorithms, etc.).
The semantic field of Medusa has the capacity to accommodate this heterogenous, elusive assemblage of a materially embodied and embedded community. With Medusa’s help, we will investigate an ecology in which all matter is specifically situated as a vibrant, vital presence in order to create a space for experimentation, imagination and poetry.
The lecture It lay like a log absolutely motionless and apparently deprived of all its faculties by our damp climate, so inhospitable to foreign visitors by Jeroen Peeters has been invited within the scope of this lab.
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