Dominik Grünbühel & Charlotta Ruth with Jenni-Elina von Bagh, Anna Öberg, PETER and Georg Eckmayr

Living Documents I – V

Degrees of Presence

brut at Schwendermarkt
installation loop / Performance Austrian premier in English
imagetanz 2020
{documentation} {transience} {loop}

Living Documents I–V by Dominik Grünbühel and Charlotta Ruth is about the counter-intuitive but still widely held desire to document dance and performance. In one round tour, the audience gets to visit five different choreographic installations in live loops, thus experiencing the seemingly prosaic act of documentation as a vivid process of communication. Whether you choose to re-watch one of the five performances again and again or to explore the whole variety of artistic approaches, you will be able to grasp the tension between the transient moment of the here and now and the idea of documentation and reproducibility.

, © Maiko Skurai Karner

Dominik Grünbühel & Charlotta Ruth, Living Documents I – V

, © Baio/Romberg/Sakurai

from left to right: Anna Öberg, Jenni-Elina von Bagh, Dominik Grünbühel, PETER, Charlotta Ruth – Living Documents I - V

Anna Öberg is concerned with the interpretation and tradition of an old Swedish dance called polska, using it as a basis for thoughts about half-truths and pseudohistory. Charlotta Ruth mingles what happens in the present with what has already happened in the past. She conducts her own forensics using her project report and blue adhesive tape. Dominik Grünbühel doubles his own body and pauses for a moment in his one-man concert machine. Jenni-Elina von Bagh melts props, anatomy and her life archive and observes the synthesis through a prism of futures. PETER calls for a (market)place of activities, where, in a moment of memory, all investments are reset.

The Living Documents project was initiated by Charlotta Ruth and Dominik Grünbühel. Dominik Grünbühel’s works have been presented at the Vienna Festival, at Tanzquartier Wien and at WUK. Ohne Nix (devised with Luke Baio) was presented as part of Aerowaves Spring Forward 2017. It is the artist’s objective to manufacture all the means for his highly unpretentious work himself. Grünbühel is also the bass player of Nifty’s, an award-winning nu klezmer band. Charlotta Ruth’s work often plays on time and perception in the fields of choreography, game design and artistic research. Her pieces are typically conceived as site-specific, the sites including stages, galleries, the public space or the internet. Ruth’s pieces have been presented at such venues as Tanzquartier Wien, WUK, Brunnenpassage, brut, MDT Stockholm and Dansens Hus Stockholm.

Visitor information: Come, go and stay as you like! Please keep in mind to keep distance.
To see all five installations, we recommend to spent 1,5 hours at the installation.



Concept and direction Charlotta Ruth & Dominik Grünbühel Choreography and performance Anna Öberg, Jenni-Elina von Bagh, PETER, Charlotta Ruth, Dominik Grünbühel Set design Luke Baio, Sofia Romberg Sound Johannes Burström Programming Johanna Pfabigan, Johannes Burström Essay Vendela Grundell Graphic design Maiko Sakurai Karner Production Ruth&Grünbühel

Thanks to Anna Lindblad, Anders Löfberg, Lisa Schåman, Pontus Petterson, Anna Vnuk, Julian Vogel, Sarah Blumenfeld, Michael Bruckner, Ingrid Cogne, Georg Eckmayr, Anne Juren, Alessandra Kopp, Andreas Strauss, Elizabeth Ward, Eva Wallensteiner, SITE Sweden, Familjebostäder AB, Ulrika Majs & Pertti Bengtsson, Ruth & Ferdinand Mayrhofer Grünbühel, Walter Ruth.

With the kind support of the City of Vienna’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the Art and Culture Department of the Austrian Federal Chancellor’s Office, the Swedish Arts Council, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee and Nordic-Baltic Mobility Funding.

Dates & Tickets



  • Due to the current situation (especially the reduced ticket capacity) we ask you to buy the tickets ONLINE. Online tickets can be booked up to 2 hours before the start of the event.
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  • You can cancel your ticket for the event up to 3 hours before the start.
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October 2020

Sat. 17.10.2020, 15:00 - 18:00
Free admission. Please register via ticket link.

Sun. 18.10.2020, 15:00 - 18:00
Free admission. Please register via ticket link.

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Schwendergasse 41, 1150 Wien
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Dominik Grünbühel & Charlotta Ruth – Living Documents I – V

After visiting Living Documents I – V, the theater scholar and dramaturge Andreas Fleck wrote a letter to the patience.
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