AT IMPULSTANZ IN THE SLIDESHOWROOM OF
THE PROJECT SPACE OF KUNSTHALLE WIEN
ON KARLSPLATZ: JULY 19-31 AND AUGUST 4-9
On invitation by ImPulsTanz, corpus in co-operation with Viennese artists curates an intimate boudoir for dance films from the festival's legendary archive treasures. corpus invited Daniel Aschwanden, Andrea Bold, Captain Carey, Sabina Holzer, Michikazu Matsune, Machfeld, Martin Siewert, David Subal and Superamas to select from the archive list's 2284 titles so that programmes of about 120 minutes duration could be generated. Apart from that, we asked the artists to give an explanation in a few lines why they chose the works they did.
By inviting artists, corpus wants to avoid curatorial criteria along parameters like "best of" or "most recent" and put the viewpoints of practicians in the fields of choreography (Aschwanden, Bold, Holzer, Matsune, Subal, Superamas), media art (Captain Carey, Machfeld) and music (Siewert) with regard to the sensitive format of "dance video" in the foreground.
Thus, this Dance Film Boudoir conceived by Jack Hauser and Helmut Ploebst becomes a co-operation between artists, the medium corpus and the presenter ImPulsTanz in an infrastructure provided by Kunsthalle Wien. The interleaving of these contexts softens the borders between areas of competence, repositions criteria of decision and shows a presenter's archive as a field of experimentation for representation discourses in the field of art.
“Over the 25 years of its creation, the ImPulsTanz video archive has become an exuberant and surprising collection of different materials: Video documents of performances, artists' portraits, production trailers, CD-ROM presentations and much more. Together with corpus, the Viennese artists made a special selection from these 25 years only with the help of a title list. Beyond the representative depiction, an exceptional appearance of the archive happens. The selected films will be projected on 19 evenings in the Tanzfilm Boudoir in the Kunsthalle project space on Karlsplatz.” (Jack Hauser)
Artists & choices:
I confirm: No. 572 - and both pieces, too - the one with the title Trend, the other with the title Jubiläum. By the well-known choreographers Demner+Merlicek. Even if I would habe liked to see the well-known choreographers "various" which are mentioned frequently - however, there are too many of them to be able to select to representative examples. Overtaxed. A simple numerical system - e.g., selecting 1111 and 2222 would have yielded the titles "Naked ape - a zoo of strangers" by Dyane Neiman and "If silence could speak and someone would listen" by Barbara Kraus, which immediately would have made clear the considerable extent of the archive.
No. 572 in spite of that, and I remain steadfast. Thousands of names, thousands of works, not even taking into account the "various" (choreographers) which again must have been hundreds of works. A Who's Who of the dance world, a little more hesitant locally than internationally.
P.S.: For quite personal and nostalgic reasons I also might have selected No. 38, "Workshop Mark Tompkins". For one thing, one could have seen "various" there, too, and then I myself also took part.
572 Demner+Merlicek: Trend
572 Demner+Merlicek: Jubiläum
1171 Rosemary Butcher Company / Rosemary Butcher / CD Rom
Because there are not enough 60 year olds who call themselves beginners.
Because there are not enough ladies who at the theatre bar exchange their “posh shoes” for the comfortable shoes to go home. Because I want to see her work at last.
1296 The class for expressive movement / Gennadi Abramov: The Swarm
How wonderful the belief that movement could express something.
How fatal the belief that movement could express something.
How promising the title (Birds? Boys?) that it could be about something.
Thus the list oscillates incessantly between the blaze of unrestrained numbering and the embers of deadly counting. And Captain Carey repeats a sly synthesis: "If you want to know who I am, consult a dictionary and all encyclopedias. Don't forget the signs and the references. Browse. Wet your finger. Don't leave out a single page."
1227 Steve Paxton & The Lisbon Group: July 12, 2002
1231 Steve Paxton & The Lisbon Group: Rehearsals
"Music was my first love” by John Miles from 1976 somehow has come up again and is singing through my head while I'm skimming the list of 2284 titles. It's nice to meet John Cage, David Tudor, Diamanda Galas and take a walk with them (through the list, through the day). Thinking of the future, of dance and summer. And then casting the curious sticks which say
939 Needcompany: Morning Song
1624 Mark Tompkins: MusicANDance with Mathilde Monnier
2070 Litó Walkey: The missing dance No 7
2281 Luciana Achugar: Exhausting Love at Danspace Project
1848 Meg Stuart, Benoit Lachambre & Hahn Rowe: Forgeries, Love and Other Matters
1659 Tanz Graz: Extremotions - Love Hurts
1923 Kubilai Khan Investigations: Sorrow Love Song
1437 Jochen Roller: No Money, No Love
Comment: "That I was allowed to love you, sink into your arms, be your wife for a brief moment, which can never, never become reality, that a deep secret unites us which none of the thousands out there even suspect.” Excerpt from MACHFELD, cybernovel by Michael Mastrototaro 1999.
I have watched clips of Malakhov in youtube. Below are only some of the comments that people posted there about him:
„Sooooooooo beautiful!!!” tatiana10
"He is simply GREAT!“ fantastikh
„I love him too. I am Malakhov's sister! LOL” dianana
„Malakhov brings more emotions, maturity, grace and technique than Simkin. It will take Simkin about another 5 years or so to be near as good as Malakhov but true Simkin is quite extraordinary.” bobzilla0101
29 Vladimir Malakhov: Narcisse
largely ignorant of the works available, I based my selection solely on their titles. and in order to offer at least a wide spectrum or (hopefully) a refreshing contrast (and because I personally have a curious interest in pathos in art), I came up with 2 ultra-pathetic titles - if in a very different manner: in one case, timeless classic elegant and of well-nigh mythic qualitsy, in the other case, quite the exact opposite but the more mysterious ...
and here they are:
299 Stephen Petronio: The King Is Dead
349 Elisabeth Orlowsky: Die hypnotisierte Kröte (The hypnotised toad)
Apart from my and our curiosity to see and show more works by Ann Liv Young (by the way, in N.Y. I could see that she has quite an influence on the younger generation), my choice fell on “feignant”, a piece by Laurent Pichaud in which myself als well as Anne Juren, Rémy Heriter, Saskia and others took part. Again and again I hit upon fragments of "feignant" in conversations and thoughts. This work deals a lot with the visibility of choreography and the dancer's mental approach to his creaft. We played the piece much too rarely, and even if I can imagine that it wouldn't be very good on video (and the video quality, too), I see this as an invitation hopefully to sharpen my own memory on it. Ann questions herself. Me. What's hitting me in the face there? When pop gets burnt. The blokes are working. We seem. To occupy ourselves. To dance. Trying to be invisible. Doesn't work at all. The blokes fail. Open the window. Consumer society. Watch a lot. Running into one's fear full of trust. Ouch. Tasks. Giving up. Faire neant. A work for spaces, and the projection cannot make up for the bodies.
1513 Laurent Pichaud: feignant
Hi dear, here it comes... as far as I understood you need 2 hours?.. anyhow that's our list:
2111 Marco Berrettini: No Paraderan
1412 Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion: Both Sitting Duet, Clips
1592 Alice Chauchat / Anne Juren: J' aime
1715 Martine Pisani: Slow Motion
1562 Simone Aughterlony: Public Property
The Programme in 10 DVDs
29 Vladimir Malakhov: Narcisse, VHS (30 min)
1171 Rosemary Butcher Company / Rosemary Butcher, CD Rom (12 min)
1296 Die Klasse für expressive Bewegung / Gennadi Abramov: Der Schwarm, VHS (10 sec)
1412 Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion: Both Sitting Duet, Clips, MiniDV (7 min)
1437 Jochen Roller: No Money, No Love, VHS (60 min)
299 Stephen Petronio: The King Is Dead, VHS (20 min)
939 Needcompany: Morning Song, VHS (97 min)
349 Elisabeth Orlowsky: Die hypnotisierte Kröte, VHS (50 min)
572 Demner+Merlicek: Trend / Jubiläum, MiniDV (50 sec)
1659 Tanz Graz: Extremotions - Love Hurts, VHS (74 min)
1227 Steve Paxton & The Lisbon Group: 12.07.2002, MiniDV (60 min)
1231 Steve Paxton & The Lisbon Group: Proben, MiniDV (60 min)
1513 Laurent Pichaud: feignant, VHS (53 min)
1562 Simone Aughterlony: Public Property, DVD (61 min)
1592 Alice Chauchat / Anne Juren: J'aime, VHS (46 min)
1624 Mark Tompkins: MusicANDance mit Mathilde Monnier, VHS (60 min)
1715 Martine Pisani: Slow Down, VHS (63 min)
1923 Kubilai Khan Investigations: Sorrow Love Song, DVD (58 min)
1848 Meg Stuart, B. Lachambre & Hahn Rowe: Forgeries, Love and Other Matters, VHS (100 min)
2070 Litó Walkey: The missing dance No 7, DVD (27 min)
2281 Luciana Achugar: Exhausting Love at Danspace Project, DVD (86 min)
2111 Marco Berrettini: No Paraderan, DVD (100 min)
Programme 19-31 July & 4-9 August
19 July, from 20.00: DVD 1 + 10
20 July, from 15.00: DVD 2 + 9
21 July, from 20.00: DVD 3 + 8
22 July, from 20.00: DVD 4 + 7
23 July, from 20.00: DVD 5 + 6
24 July, from 20.00: DVD 1 + 3
25 July, from 20.00: DVD 5 + 7
26 July, from 20.00: DVD 9 + 10
27 July, from 15.00: DVD 8 + 6
28 July, from 15.00: DVD 4 + 2
29 July, from 20.00: DVD 2 + 1
30 July, from 20.00: DVD 4 + 3
31 July, from 20.00: DVD 6 + 5
1.-3 August: Boudoir days of rest
4 August, from 15.00: DVD 8 + 7
5 August, from 20.00: DVD 10 + 9
6 August, from 20.00: DVD 1 + 5
7 August, from 20.00: DVD 2 + 6
8 August, from 20.00: DVD 3 + 7
9 August, from 20.00: DVD 4 + 8
(July 21, 2008)