June, 2010

On the mother of mankind, the Duchess in Alice and of course savvy, humour and elegance

"There are two notable achievements of theatre. One is, someone is lying to us, we know it, yet, we don't have a problem with it, thus we are relieved of the moral aspect of this problem. The other one is, theatre is able to display that the situation is sort of the mother of mankind. I even suppose theatre is only able to do those two things and is completely useless for everything else."

So far, so René Pollesch.

"Be what you would seem to be -- or, if you'd like it put more simply -- Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise."

Yes, also Alice in Wonderland's Duchess gives acting lessons.

Despite of the fact that a few theatre people do experiment at the workshop+research program of ImPulsTanz 2010 (e.g. Christine Standfest in "Clubbing - Dance o' the Times" or Ed Hauswirth in "Kreation Kollektiv") and notwithstanding any other rumors, there is actually still dance at ImPulsTanz. Yep, even on stage! True, true, "With Subtitles" sounds like arthouse cinema and "Pavlova 3'23" more John Cage-ish and "III" smells of monarchy, but precisely behind these piece titles you'll find hefty movement. Also, "Holes" is neither a comment to the financial crisis nor to the greasy situation at the Gulf of Mexico, and certainly "Crotch" is not the long-anticipated Lars van Trier porn is all dance. But, if I may ask: isn't just the potential encounter with the unexpected the sexy part of dance and performance? Or am I mixing that up with life here?

Anyway, they do sell tickets now for ImPulsTanz performances. And as we all are visually seducible animals there are already a few videos online, e.g. by the fab Ladies Dorvillier, Juren, MacRae und Orlin as well as the equally fab Gentleman Dimchev.

Them 175 workshops & research projects are there, still, too. Online. Quite a few deal with the socio-political in- and outside the arts (e.g. Amanda Piña in "Socialmovements!", Mårten Spångberg in "Dance and Choreography are FINE", Jeremy Xido & Igor Dobricic in "The Game"), some with the queer legacy (Penny Arcade in "Incorporating Burlesque Performance", Keith Hennessy in "Post/Contact"), some with the elements (Jennifer Monson in "Sustained Immersive Process", Robert Trappl in "LOVE"). Finally, some function as a quality detour on stage: for the performances of Davis Freeman ("Too Shy To Stare 2010") resp. Hans van den Broeck ("Café Prückel") are still looking for performers for their ImPulsTanz appearances. More about those workshops, research projects and auditions voilà:

"Inelegantly and without my consent, time passed." (Miranda July)

Time luckily is not so much at stake in the new Meg Stuart book by Jeroen Peeters (and many juicy contributors), instead work is and practise is. Meg's work and practise. And consequently the one of her many collaborators. "Are we here yet?" also features 12 pages of exercises which is the happy excuse for a 3-day workshop by the choreographer and dancer around the book presentation by the dramaturge and author and the choreographer and dancer at ImPulsTanz.
Also, the savvy, humourous and elegant Jonathan Burrows, British choreographer and dancer based in Brussels and very much at home at simple chairs, wrote a book. A very handy one, that is, called "A Choregrapher's Handbook". Of course, it, too, is savvy, humorous and elegant and according to the publishers valid for "anyone interested in making performance, at whatever level and in whichever style." The author complements his ImPulsTanz book presentation with 3(!) performances and a 2-day workshop.
For more on books and their presentations at ImPulsTanz please turn here anytime from now on:

Henry Hopper: "Dad, I think you're probably a pretty good actor, but why did you play that terrible guy King Koopa in Super Mario Bros.?"
Dennis Hopper: "Well Henry, I did that so you could have shoes."
Henry Hopper: "Dad, I don't need shoes that badly."

"I have been to hell and back and let me tell you it was wonderful." (Louise Bourgeois)



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