A body tries to rebuild an existence in a new environment, to adapt to it and to define itself anew. While doing so, the body carries remnants from its previous journey – memories, images, impressions, relationships. It seems as though the dancing body has been thrown into a new reality during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Düsseldorf choreographer Alexandra Waierstall’s observation. She attempts to explore specific factors in a new world, such as spatiality, temporality and relationships, in her new solo “VENUS un/seen” for dancer Karolina Szymura - accompanied by the musical composition of renowned Düsseldorf composer and pianist Volker Bertelmann, a.k.a. HAUSCHKA. This analysis occurs through the lens of memory, of absence, the lens of the blatant and of indecision. To find a language for this transformational process, Alexandra Waierstall decides to trust the body’s perceptive capabilities instead of the certainty granted by the eyes. The dancing body collects, remembers, connects and imagines – while his broken existence and vulnerability are neither hidden nor ignored; the fragmented self will instead be dignified and celebrated because it transforms into the new terrain, into the new reality.
Choreographer Alexander Waierstall, who lives in Düsseldorf and who was a Factory Artist at tanzhaus nrw from 2014 until 2016, devises choreographies, installations, situations, sounds, text, films, and pictures. By experimenting with different production structures and artistic exchange practices, she originates works for theatres, galleries, museums and urban spaces. With “VENUS un/seen”, she scrutinises and conceives the meaning of her art form, dance, in a changing world.
Duration: 50 min.
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Concept, choreography: Alexandra Waierstall; Creation: Marianna Christofides, Maria Iole Karolidou; Composition: HAUSCHKA; Lighting technique: Caty Olive; Director assistance: Harry Koushos; Performance, creation: Karolina Szymura; Stage design, costume: Alexandra Waierstall, Horst Weierstall; Technical director: Ansgar Kluge; Management: Judith Jaeger.
A production from Noema Dance Works e.V., coproduced tanzhaus nrw and funded by Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf and Kunststiftung NRW.