Peter Stamer + Frank Willens

On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense

Kunsthistorisches Museum/Neue Burg
Performance Contemporary dance in English
{dancing Nietzsche} {nonmoral sensuality} {philosphy on stage}

Posthumous fragments: In some remote corner of the universe that is poured out in countless flickering solar systems, there once was a star on which clever animals invented knowledge. That was the most arrogant and the most untruthful minute in ‘world history’ – yet indeed only a minute. After nature had taken a few breaths, the star froze over and the clever animals had to die.“ (Friedrich Nietzsche, 1873)

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Peter Stamer + Frank Willens - On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense

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Peter Stamer + Frank Willens - On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense

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Peter Stamer + Frank Willens - On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense

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Peter Stamer + Frank Willens - On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense

In the light of infinity, the limited time a human being spends on this planet appears to be deplorable, even ridiculous. Knowing about the futility of his existence, man tries to comprehend life by means of language which locks him into the cage of concepts though and denies access to the actual life of matter. Searching for knowledge about the world, about truth, about himself, he gets lost in the woodwork of his own thinking. To put it casually: he becomes a blockhead, unable to see what is there. Taking away the foundation of the boards that mean the world to him: this is what it means to live.

’Without Nietzsche there wouldn’t be any contemporary thinking, and thus most likely no contemporary body.’ I jot these words down during a rehearsal in which dancers are busy bouncing off the floor and working out their muscles, keeping their ligaments flexible. This is what Nietzsche is doing. He writes against the gravity of thought and thus trains our mental muscles, he writes against the inertia of our minds and makes them move again. His words do and have matter.(Peter Stamer)

Peter Stamer (DE/A) is a theatre maker in the context of contemporary performing arts. In his projects, he is interested in exploring conditions for discursive and physical empowerment within given performative, social and narrative apparatuses. Beyond his theatre work and teaching activities in all of Europe, his performance and theatre projects have led him to China, the USA, Canada, Egypt or Israel. Next to the performative adaptation of Nietzsche’s essay On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense, among his recent works are to be found the international building/performance project A Future Archeology in Berlin, Vienna and Cairo (2012 – 2013), which provided the initial impulses for the book How to Collaborate? – Questioning Togetherness in the Performing Arts (Passagen Verlag) which was published in 2016, his performative installation and film 26 Letters to Deleuze (EMPAC New York) in 2014, or The Circus of Life A-Z (together with Yosi Wanunu) at Tanzquartier Vienna (2015). Currently, Peter is conceiving a theatrical and installative adaptation of Franz Kafka’s story In the Penal Colony.

Frank Willens (US/DE) is a dancer, choreographer, performer, interpreter, artist, actor, collaborator, tour manager, human, father, singer, beat-boxer, thinker, marathon-runner, train-traveller. He grew up in California and has lived and worked in Berlin since 2003 where he has had the privilege to work with a wide number of persons in a wide range of projects presented in a wide range of venues. His associates include Tino Sehgal, Meg Stuart, Falk Richter, Laurent Chétouane, Boris Charmatz, Tilman Hecker, Nico and the Navigators, and Peter Stamer, to name a few. His own projects include Gimme Shelter (2010), Schweigstück (2011), Towards Another Miraculous (2014), and a contribution to X-Firmen at Theater der Welt in Mannheim in 2014. Frank developed a project in collaboration with the Transform Festival in Leeds in 2015 and headed a residency/lab at the Kunstmuseum in Bonn in 2016. His new solo sixty minutes towards being here or what we can do until we do what we can do premiered in January 2017 at dock 11 in Berlin. On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense is his 5th collaboration with Peter Stamer.

In April, Tanzquartier Wien and brut join forces for FEEDBACK and present a common selection of dance and performances made in Austria. International curators as well as the local audience can get an overview over current productions from the free dance and performance scene and discover quite some insider tips from the perspective of Tanzquartier Wien and brut.


Director, Concept, Setdesign Peter Stamer Performance Frank Willens Text Friedrich Nietzsche

Adapted and partly retranslated by Peter Stamer and Frank Willens. The piece developed in behalf and in the frame of Philosophy on Stage # 4 – Artist Philosophers – Nietzsche et cetera.

Within the monographic exhibition „Pieter Bruegel der Ältere“ of the Kunsthistorischen Museums Vienna in autumn 2018. More information

Dates & Tickets

April 2017

Thu. 27.04.2017, 18:30
Kunsthist. Museum/Neue Burg Admission free!

Kunsthistorisches Museum/Neue Burg
Heldenplatz, 1010 Vienna
Jagdplateau, Entrance Heldenplatz

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