From March 7th to 28th, 2020, the imagetanz festival organized by brut Wien will again present a diverse program with new positions from choreography and performance. Five world premieres by local artists, five Austrian premieres, studio visits, discussions, parties and an open workshop ensure a varied festival program.
Featuring: Ingrid Berger Myhre & Lasse Passage, Inga Huld Hákonardóttir, Malika Fankha, Lau Lukkarila, Dominik Grünbühel & Charlotta Ruth, Asher O’Gorman, hannsjana, Inge Gappmaier, Claudia Lomoschitz, Alex Franz Zehetbauer & Guests and others.
Ten brand-new pieces of choreography and performance, intimate peeks into processes of artistic creation, inspiring discussions, parties and workshops – imagetanz boasts a diverse programme, populating various venues all over Vienna over the course of three weeks. United by this year’s motto we dance what you think, imagetanz artists raise burning issues while getting to the bottom of social conflicts using the tools of choreography and performance. They all explore how to initiate change in society and politics through biographical and personal approaches as they try out strategies of self-empowerment, questioning stereotypical thinking and reflecting on social conventions from queer-feminist, activist perspectives.
Our opening show brings two back-to-back guest performances to Vienna: Norwegian choreographer Ingrid Berger Myhre and musician Lasse Passage explore relationships between dance and music in their duet Panflutes and Paperwork. What does “dancing to music” actually mean? And how does one make music for dancing? The second piece of the evening, Again the Sunset also travels between being a concert and being a performance: Icelandic dancer Inga Huld Hákonardóttir and French sound artist Yann Leguay throw each other movements, thoughts and sounds, inviting the audience into a sculptural soundscape made of wood and stone.
Inspired by the Greek Goddess of the Night, Lau Lukkarila calls for an erotic dance into the night of our present in Nyxxx, and Malika Fankha examines the significance of bodies and humans in the digital age as exemplified by the character of the cyborg in Oxy Moron. In following their desire to document dance and performance, Dominik Grünbühel & Charlotta Ruth go out for a performative walk in Kempelenpark entitled Living Documents I-V together with Jenni-Elina von Bagh, Anna Öberg and PETER. The Berlin-based artist collective hannsjana dissects the mechanics of exclusion at work in scientific fields, melting down barriers and fears in their science extravaganza called The Big STEM Show. Asher O’Gorman reconciles practices from choreography and visual art to create an intimate dialogue between humans and material in the way of ink ••º•. Dancer Inge Gappmaier stages a duet with herself in protect., reflecting on matters of the narcissistic self and its mirroring in social media. In Soft Skills, Claudia Lomoschitz takes the purchase of a used blanket as a basis for a quite physical analysis somewhere between intimacy and ideology. To conclude the festival, Alex Franz Zehetbauer & Guests invite the audience to WE COME BEARING GIFTS, an evening full of queerness, body empowerment and positive resistance.
Our Handle with care series profiles Vienna’s young performance scene at the HUGGY BEARS Art Place: Fabian Faltin, Daphna Horenczyk, Hyeji Nam & mirabella paidamwoyo dziruni, Rhizomatic Circus Collective, Tanja Erhart & Katharina Senk, Julia Müllner and Claire Lefèvre all open the development processes for their current creations in studio visits. In addition, artist talks, parties and a workshop provide an informal atmosphere for getting together and exchanging views.