Vienna International Dance Festival
Tickets: at the Q21 ticket office and online
On 13th July, ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival will enter the stage – which can also be a museum. And so, as a taste for what’s to come, the opening of the Jan Fabre. STIGMATA – Actions & Performances 1976–2016 exhibition will take place at the Leopold Museum tonight in the presence of the artist himself. Until 13th August, the festival will present international and Austrian dance and performance highlights and will bring together what belongs together: theater and film amongst others or something entirely new – dance and pommes frites!
ImPulsTanz will begin the month-long festival with a bit of fire and spice: In the solo I am a Mistake, the Flemish all-around artist Jan Fabre will celebrate the melting of two bodies together with a “real” Austrian woman – whilst surrounded by Klimt and Schiele in the Leopold Museum. This spectacle can only be seen once and the exhibition STIGMATA – Actions & Performances 1976–2016 on Fabre’s 40 years worth of solo performance art – encapsulated by 800 objects and curated by Germano Celant – will greatly enrich it all. Only a few days afterwards, the director will move into the Volkstheater to premiere his piece Belgian Rules / Belgium Rules. From 18th July onwards, he will make a splash with his 15-strong ensemble and a critical declaration of love to his home country Belgium: 150 kg pommes frites have already been pre-ordered. Let them rain! No sooner than 14th July, the second day of the festival, audiences can expect a highlight of this year’s ImPulsTanz because Michael Laub, the “Godfather of Post-dramatic Theater”, will present his ode to waiting at the Akademietheater. His 17 young, international performers are stranded in and forced to wait in a hotel lobby in Fassbinder, Faust and the Animists. Vanity, hatred and intrigue spin the web of the story that is interspersed with Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s film Beware of a Holy Whore and dance numbers involving the Madison. An encounter of film and theater that will amaze.
A further highlight of the first festival week is Liz King’s premiere of Out of Life. Not only because five of the dancers fully surrender to dance and its inner structures as an art of movement but also because Liz King will be on stage herself – and by that stage, the stage in the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna not far from the beautiful spaces of the Odeon theater is meant. It is there that the Grande Dame of Dance Catherine Diverrès will flower out in her two solos in honor of two great men. In Stance II, she will bring to life the voice of the Italian director and poet Pier Paolo Pasolini. And in Ô Senseï, she will perform an expressive and highly atmospheric homage, surrounded by ghosts in videos and their voices, to the eminent Butoh master Kazuo Ohno, to whom Takao Kawaguchi is devoting an exhibition in the very same place. Ghosts, or rather, virtual ghosts of nature, are not far away either in the Latvian artist Elina Maligina’s piece. In her impressive video installation at the Leopold Museum that fill up space titled The development of interdependence, a group of women come closer and closer towards the audience and Elina Maligina from the edge of the forest – she herself will be performing amidst beautiful and eerie images for eight hours.
Attention! On 16th July, the Austrian performance trio Costas Kekis, Anna Prokopová and Petr Ochvat will be the first to perform in the [8:tension] Young Choreographers’ Series. In It beats soft in the veins, bodies and voices meet upon the dances and language of the three charming dancers, which will make the space vibrate.
In the weeks after, ImPulsTanz will continue with more than 60 great productions by Germaine Acogny, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Dada Masilo, Amanda Piña & Daniel Zimmermann, Wim Vandekeybus, Superamas, Samira Elagoz, Mathilde Monnier & La Ribot, amongst others.
With so much movement on stage – feel like getting your own feet moving? ImPulsTanz offers plenty of space to dance. So save the date! On 13th July, the first day of the festival, the festival lounge at the Burgtheater Vestibül celebrate its opening with the brilliant Mavi Phoenix who will bring the heat. Free admission!
And to those who prefer to learn something new or deepen their knowledge – ImPulsTanz invites you to join one of the more than 260 workshops! If it is still too difficult to choose, then «impressions‘17» on 16th July at the Arsenal offers a deeper look into the courses. This too, as with so many other things, is free of admission.
Image: Marlene Monteiro Freitas with Andreas Merk "Jaguar" © Laurent Paillier
www.impulstanz.comJul 13 to Aug 13
Film screening at Raum D / Q21
Venue: Raum D / Q21
In times when the acquired human rights, set out in the constitutions of all European states as the guiding principles and laws of democratic society, are becoming subject to polemics, we must urgently resist different institutions in their surreptitious attempts to impose their opinions on the basic issues concerning human existence. Humiliation, marginalisation and inequality of any human being are threats we must stand up against engaging all social mechanisms, be it national statutory provisions, civic initiatives or religious dogmas.
Presenting position of three artists of younger generation brings together aspects of today’s issues of obvious and omnipresent inequality, violation of basic human rights and neglecting the collective trauma of weaker. All three presented works directly comment upon the present political and social reality, and scrutinize the position of the individual in these turbulent times of rapid change. A close and critical inspection of social values has been a constant in artistic practice since the times artists shook off the shackles of guilds, and art no longer had to obediently serve the invisible powers of state institutions or other institutions of authority. As Karel Teige says, real social art is art that is ruthless in its commentary of society and inherently revolutionary. Political change, new social and political regimes, and new ideological premises should transform art from a compliant servant into a fierce critic of the state and society.
"Newsreel 63" by Nika Autor follows newsreel-related practices and tries to position and understand a particular image – a shred of video taken on the once famous Belgrade - Ljubljana rail-line, where refugees now travel not in couchettes but between the train’s wheels. "Newsreel 63" drifts into a visual investigation of railways and explores its historical, social and political narrative. The essayistic and associative elements of "Newsreel 63" link this historical narrative to our pursuit of happiness, the idea of voyage in the current social constellation, where our longing for happiness is all too often tied to the idea of travelling somewhere – or indeed the need to secure the means for mere basic survival. In her conception of the newsreel, Autor refers to traditional forms of the genre and employs various layers of content, connecting them through essayistic narration and visual elements. What makes "Newsreel 63" specific is the way it straddles the line between the traditional informative, committed anti-newsreel form and a more textually-driven and experimental cinema, guiding viewers through the story while leaving them to fill in the blanks with their own thoughts and reflections.
The content of Lana Čmajčanin’s work usually fluctuates in the relation with the social narratives as well as in identity discourses through prominent issues from recent or past history with special emphasis on the position of women. The video "Woman with the Candle" is vertically composed with a chiaroscuro effect and a reference to baroque “women with candle” motifs from the European art history. The film is eighteen long and shot in a single take. The long shot captures the gentle change from night into day, the birth of a new dawn. The spectator is invited to become a co-witness of an intimate struggle to come to terms with the trauma and horrors of the war. In the light of the dawn, with the sounds of a muezzin calling for the early prayer and barking dogs, the reflection of a mourning woman’s face vanishes away.
The video "The Factory" by Sanela Jahić shows a network of dialogues stretched between the poles of machine, work, worker, owner and c/Capital, filmed in the context of local manufacturing plants. The film intro begins with short statements from anonymous individuals employed in industrial production. Many of them declined to be filmed for fear of losing their jobs. The individual’s relation to technology and the way that the latter influences the nature of labour and thus one’s subjectivity is further illustrated with the story of the factory owner (Act I: Love) and the story of a female worker (Act II: Birth). The video discloses man’s relation with machines and his or her submission to the question of power, which, in our society manifests itself through property.
Curated by Alenka Gregorič
Presented by Open Space - Verein für ein neues Forum von Kunst und visueller Kultur
Image: Lana Čmajčanin, Woman With the Candle
www.openspace-zkp.org/Fri, Nov 24, 18:00
Daniel Egg: Blackouts
Exhibition at SCHAURAUM Angewandte
Opening: Thu, Oct 12, 19:00
Venue: SCHAURAUM Angewandte
On the basis of selected avant-garde movies Daniel Egg explores the medium of film. He concentrates on ruptures, impurities, emulsion resolutions, torn film. Focusing on these fragments, he separates essence from reality, expands it, and uses it to create analogous sculptures. It is not the narrative that manifests itself as the essence, but the lapses and flaws that serve as a reality check.
born in Vienna 1973, 1994-2001 University of Applied Arts (Prof. Peter Weibel) lives and works in Vienna
https://digitalekunst.ac.at/schauraum/Oct 13 to Nov 24, daily 10-22:00
Regular event on data protection, and civil rights on the Internet.
Location: Raum D / Q21
The main topiqs of q/uintessenz are the current governmental and private sector surveillance overkill, new data retention law proposals by the EU, the Council of Europe or the so called G7 states that undermine fundamental rights: freedom of information, the right to personal privacy and data integrity, the right to communicate freely.
former q/talks at Raum D / Q21
www.quintessenz.atTue, Nov 28, 20:00
Curated Media for #Q21vienna
Opening: Thu, May 11, 18:00
Venue: Electric Avenue, Q21
A cultural institution thrives on lively exchange. As a result, visitors and employees share social media content every day. A cooperation with Downtown Vienna presents a selection of these impressions on screen, making them easily accessible. Q21 creates a new, distinctive image consisting of many individual perspectives. The project invites people to participate in the creative process in an uncomplicated way.
Tag your content with #q21vienna!
Image: Say Say Say, Inc.ongoing, daily 10-22:00