Jasmin Hoffer

She does Dough, Dough does Her

studio brut
Performance / Dance world premiere in English
{Dancewithdough} {Doughpleasure} {Doughlicious}

In She Does Dough, Dough Does Her, Jasmin Hoffer dances with dough in various forms and dimensions. The artist wishes to bring across the sensual component of dough, while at the same time drawing attention to its main ingredient: wheat. Using touch points and contact surfaces, she tells a story of analogies in the processes of evolution, cultivation, and domestication her female body shares with the crop. Will the performer do the dough, or will the dough end up doing her?

, © Christine Miess

Jasmin Hoffer – She does Dough, Dough does Her

, © Christine Miess

Jasmin Hoffer – She does Dough, Dough does Her

, © Christine Miess

Jasmin Hoffer – She does Dough, Dough does Her

, © Christine Miess

Jasmin Hoffer – She does Dough, Dough does Her

, © Christine Miess

Jasmin Hoffer – She does Dough, Dough does Her

, © Christine Miess

Jasmin Hoffer – She does Dough, Dough does Her

, © Christine Miess

Jasmin Hoffer – She does Dough, Dough does Her

, © Christine Miess

Jasmin Hoffer – She does Dough, Dough does Her

Stretched out paper-thin, some dough encloses the performer’s body. Like a second skin, it prompts sculptural images, tears, flies through the space, gets braided or rolled into little balls. What could wheat, that thing that started out as a wild grass only to be farmed into an omnipresent cultivated crop, have to do with our human reproduction? In She Does Dough, Dough Does Her, Jasmin Hoffer describes dough as a bridge from the present back to when humans became settled. Essentially starting from standardised, controlled, supervised reproduction, it goes all the way to the origins of civilisation, to the emergence of patriarchal structures, and to a domestication process that significantly changed the morphology and behaviour of animals, plants, and humans. One of Hoffer’s sources of inspiration was the baking hype that was partly sparked by the pandemic and is still present on social media: Baking as a means of forging identity. Baking as an anachronism, as a guilty pleasure, as a countermovement to industrialised dough production which uses enzymes and preservatives. Rolling out dough out of nostalgia. As a means of grasping and shaping the world, a haptic experience far from anything digital. Because it feels nice and because it tastes better.

Originally, She Does Dough, Dough Does Her was supposed to take place in a barn next to a wheat field. Due to an accident, the performance had to be postponed, and the wheat was harvested over the summer. This will be related in a video piece in the foyer of studio brut, in the presence some of the actual ears of wheat.

Jasmin Hoffer is a dancer, choreographer, and performance artist. She lives and works in Vienna. In 2014, she achieved her master’s degree in dance education in a contemporary context at the Cologne University of Music and Dance. Before that, she studied dance at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance in Dundee and painting in the masterclass for painting at the Ortweinschule in Graz. In 2018, she received the Austrian Federal Chancellor’s Office’s START scholarship. Her performing and teaching took her to Germany, the United Kingdom, Norway, Italy, Palestine, and the United States. In varying constellations and formats, she works with artists such as Liv Schellander, Sara Lanner, Elena Kristofor, Oleg Soulimenko, and Alfredo Barsuglia. Her works have been presented at Tanzquartier Wien, brut Wien, and WUK performing arts. 

Credits

Performance, dance, concept Jasmin Hoffer Dough, set Nicola Schößler, Stefanie Sommer Video and installation Johannes Wiener and Carolina Páez Dramaturgical consultant Elizabeth Ward, Laia Fabre Research Samuel Feldhandler, Dorothea Trappel Text support Rosemarie Poiarkov Sound Jakob Rüdisser Costume design Caroline Haberl Lighting design Benjamin Maier Production assistance Liv Schellander Layout booklet Karine Blanche

Thanks to Deborah Hazler, Nanina Kotlowski, Oleg Soulimenko, Charlotta Ruth.

In co-operation with the City of Vienna’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the Federal Ministry of Art, Culture, Civil Service and Sport, agri_culture, Bears in the Park and Studio Matsune.

Dates & Tickets

An artist talk will take place after the performance on Monday, January 15.

January 2024

Sat. 13.01.2024, 19:00
Choose your price category € 22/€ 16/€ 11

Sun. 14.01.2024, 16:00
Choose your price category € 22/€ 16/€ 11

Mon. 15.01.2024, 19:00
Choose your price category € 22/€ 16/€ 11 / *Followed by an artist talk

Tue. 16.01.2024, 19:00
Choose your price category € 22/€ 16/€ 11

studio brut
Zieglergasse 25, 1070 Wien

Downloads

Evening programme_She does Dough, Dough does Her (PDF)

 

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