Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe


studio brut, Zieglergasse 25, 1070 Vienna
Performance / Dance / Visual arts in English
{I see you} {profiling} {filter}

Is there such a thing as the genuine gaze at the other? Or will looking at someone always mean at the same time looking through a kaleidoscope of codes that encrypt reality as we know it? Gender, age, colour of skin, class… In PINK EYE, visual artist/choreographer Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe tackles the above questions and focuses on the truth underlying our perception.

, © Innsbruck International Christa Pertl

Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe – Pink Eye

, © Innsbruck International Christa Pertl

Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe – Pink Eye

, © Wolf Silveri

Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe – Pink Eye

, © Innsbruck International Christa Pertl

Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe – Pink Eye

What do we know when we see something or somebody? Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe takes a look at the gaze itself and confronts us with the question: Can you see without looking? The Congolese-Austrian choreographer explores individual perceptual differences along with the filters applied by us when we categorise our fellow human beings – in her case as black, female, artist and mother.

Tambwe deconstructs the conditioning of looking and gazes, searching for strategies as to how they can be re-conquered, thwarted and redirected. She focuses on the (self-)manipulation of bodies in Western Europe, in the Austrian-African diaspora and in Congolese society. She invites the audience to follow her behind the mirror and cast a critical eye on the gaze.

Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe, born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, lives and works as a performance artist, choreographer and visual artist in Vienna. She grew up in France and studied Fine Art at the École des Beaux-Arts in the northern French city of Tourcoing. After graduating in 1998, Tambwe began working as a dancer and performer, focussing on the manipulation of bodies in Western Europe and Congo. Her performances staged at the Vienna Dance Festival, the Wiener Festwochen, Tanzquartier Wien and steirischer herbst among other venues, always incorporate the installation-based space created around them. Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe also works as a multimedia visual artist. Her most recent exhibition “La Philosophie Banane” was shown at Weltmuseum Wien in 2014.



Concept and performance Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe Video and sound design Nicolas Spencer Projection and mapping Eduardo Trivino Live recordings Gustavo Méndez Research Benoît Jouan Production management partner in crime

A production by Dig Up Productions and steirischer herbst.

Dates & Tickets

May 2019

Thu. 02.05.2019, 19:00
Sold Out

Fri. 03.05.2019, 19:00
17 € / 13 € / 9 €

studio brut, Zieglergasse 25, 1070 Vienna
Zieglergasse 25, 1070 Wien


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Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe – Pink Eye

"Wenn wir untergehen, dann gemeinsam"

In ihren Arbeiten stellt die Choreografin und bildende Künstlerin Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe herkömmliche Sehweisen und Identitäten ironisch in Frage. Im Gespräch mit Clara Akinyosoye kritisiert sie den eindimensionalen europäischen Blick auf Afrika und fordert einen radikalen Perspektivenwechsel.
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Ganz nah dran mit In the Field

Die In The Field-Gruppe erkundet weiterhin das vielfältige Programm der Wiener Festwochen. Während eines exklusiven Austauschs mit Anna Witt („Beathouse Donaustadt“) wurde der Intimität des Herzschlags nachgespürt, während es im Gespräch mit Mette Edvardsen und einigen ihrer „lebendigen Bücher“ um die spezielle Intimität der One-to-One-Sessions ging. Der Besuch einer Vorstellung von „aCORdo“ mit anschließendem Treffen der Performer und der Künstlerin Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe gaben Aufschluss über die Wahrnehmung und Darstellung des „Anderen“.
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studio brut, Zieglergasse 25, 1070 Vienna

Zieglergasse 25, 1070 Wien
U-Bahn: U3 (Zieglergasse), Tram: 49 (Westbahnstraße / Zieglergasse)

July - September 2019
Summer break / Residencies & Rehearsals at studio brut
October 2019
Season start 2019/20