Controversial performance – Choreographed Russian scandals of the past and present ! Vaslav Nijinsky and Pussy Riot in Le Sacre du Printemps! Part of At.šiška – Austrian and Slovenian Focus on Contemporary Performing Arts CONCEPT AND DIRECTION: Christine Gaigg DANCERS: Alexander Deutinger, Marta Navaridas, Petr Ochvat, Anna Prokopová, Eva-Maria Schaller, Esther Steinkogler, Thales Weilinger SCRIPT,
Controversial performance – Choreographed Russian scandals of the past and present ! Vaslav Nijinsky and Pussy Riot in Le Sacre du Printemps!
Part of At.šiška – Austrian and Slovenian Focus on Contemporary Performing Arts
CONCEPT AND DIRECTION: Christine Gaigg
DANCERS: Alexander Deutinger, Marta Navaridas, Petr Ochvat, Anna Prokopová, Eva-Maria Schaller, Esther Steinkogler, Thales Weilinger
SCRIPT, SPEECH: Christine Gaigg, Erich Klein
SCENERY: Philipp Harnoncourt
LIGHTING: Jan Wagner
MUSIC ADAPTED BY: Florian Bogner
MUSIC BY: Igor Stravinsky Le Sacre du Printemps (quotations)
CHOREOGRAPHIC ELEMENTS: Vaslav Nijinsky (Millicent Hodson based on reconstruction), Pussy Riot
COSTUMES: Dorothea Nicolai
ASSISTANT: Iris Raffetseder
MANAGEMENT: Eva Trötzmüller, artphalanx
FIRST PERFORMANCE: 24 April 2013
CO-PRODUCTION: Tanzquartier Wien and 2nd nature.
SUPPORTED BY: MA 7 – Cultural department of the city fo Vienna
Renowned Austrian choreographer Christine Gaigg and her group 2nd Nature first visited Ljubljana to perform their show Sacre Material at Exodos Festival in 2001. The performance combined the analysis of movement and explicit reference to the music score of Le Sacre Du Printemps (1913) by Igor Stravinsky and the eponymous original choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky, touching upon various types of public sacrifices. This time the choreography of DeSacre! (2013) is based on real politics; the pagan sacrificial rite that had to be imagined around 1911 by Russian anthropologists by commission of Sergei Diaghilev due to the Parisian obsession with primitivist elements in art and the consequential high demand for such motifs both in painting (i.e. Cubism and Fauvism) and other arts (dance, theatre, music), was first presented in choreography (Vaslav Nijinsky) and music (Igor Stravinsky) at its legendary first performance on 29 May 1913 at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris. And scandal was exactly what Diaghilev had been hoping for: there could be no better publicity and nobody other than Diaghilev could have possibly imagined a better public relations strategy at the time. On 12 February 2012, just before the 100th anniversary of the first performance of the scandalous Russian ballet show, the feminist punk band Pussy Riot performed their ritual punk dance, “Punk Prayer: Mother of God, Drive Putin Away!” in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Moscow. On 3March of the same year, members of the punk band were arrested, which was followed by a staged political process that has grown into a global political scandal, With DeSacre! (2013), choreographer Christine Gaigg returns to the Russian classic work in more than one sense: by exploring artistic and Soviet connotations.
CHRISTINE GAIGG / 2ND NATURE / www.2ndnature.at
Christine Gaigg – CONCEPT, DIRECTION
is a freelance choreographer and director based in Vienna. She studied philosophy and linguistics at the University of Vienna and dance and choreography at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam. Under the label CHRISTINE GAIGG/2nd nature she works in collaboration with dancers, composers, writers and filmmakers. Together with the composer Max Nagl she created a. o. Sacre Material (2000) and ADEBAR/KUBELKA (2003). Together with Bernhard Lang she developed the TRIKE series (2004-2009), with Bernhard Gander and Klangforum Wien Seven Cuts (2011). The collective Gaigg/Harnoncourt/Lang/Ritsch realized the opening of steirischer herbst 2010 with Maschinenhalle#1, which was shown in Feedback First Edition 2011 in Semper Depot. Theatre: Über Tiere by Elfriede Jelinek (2007) Theater am Neumarkt Zürich and Tanzquartier Wien; Wenn die Kinder Steine ins Wasser werfen by Xaver Bayer (2012) Schauspielhaus Wien.
Erich Klein – TEXT, TALK
works as a translator and journalist. He is editor of the literature magazine Wespennest, contributes to Ö1 programmes Diagonal, Ex libris and Kontext and organizes literature events as Literatur im Herbst. Publications: Die Russen in Wien – die Befreiung Österreichs (1995), Denkwürdiges Wien: Denkmäler der 1. und 2. Republik (2004), Graue Donau – schwarzes Meer (2008, mit C. Reder). Editor of a.o. Odessa (2013). Translations: a.o. Alexander Pjatigorskij: Erinnerung an einen fremden Mann (2001), Dmitrij Prigow: Lebt in Moskau (2003), Zakhar Prilepin: Sankya (2012).
Philipp Harnoncourt – STAGE
is director in theater and opera, a.o. Engel aus Feuer by Prokofjews (Odeon Vienna, 2010), Rodelinda by G.F. Händel (Theater an der Wien, 2011), Rosenkavalier (Musiktheater Revier 2012/13), as well as Barbe Bleue by J.Offenbach, Wiener Blut by J. Strauss, Der Schatzgräber by Franz Schreker. Furthermore he develops space and light concepts, writes for theatre, was technical director of ImPulsTanz-Festival and executive director for Wiener Schauspielhaus. For many years now he works with Christine Gaigg and the collective Gaigg/Harnoncourt/Lang/Ritsch who did Maschinenhalle#1 (steirischer herbst) in 2010.
Florian Bogner – MUSIC ADAPTION
studied at the Electroacoustic Institute at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Between 2003 and 2005 and again since 2012 he is lecturer at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. He works freelance in the fields of sounddesign, live-electronics, computermusic a nd cd productions. He composes for documentary films, commercials and theatre. Together with Peter Böhm he does the electroacoustic conception, realization and supervision for Klangforum Wien. In 2004 he founded KILO together with Markus Urban, in 2005 the Trio Landschaft mit Flöte, in 2011 the label Experimentalstudio Brigittenau. He is part of duos with Benedikt Leitner and Lars Mlekusch.
Jan Wagner – LIGHT
is a Vienna based light designer and technical director in the fields of theatre, opera, dance and performance in an international context. He has been working with numerous directors, choreographers, stage and light designers at theatres and festivals as a.o. Wiener
Festwochen, Tanzquartier Wien, Halle E+G, ImPulsTanz, OdeonTanz, Neue Oper Wien, steirischer herbst, Bregenzer Festspiele. He gave his debut as producer and director of documentary film with FUN FATAL in 2007. Since 2008 he is lecturer for light design at the Institute of Dance Arts at Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz.
studied Translation at Karl-Franzens University in Graz and Contemporary Dance at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz. As a performer he worked with Rose Breuss, Oleg Soulimenko, Alexander Gottfarb, Dani Brown, Sofia Mavragani, Anna Mendelssohn, Christine Gaigg. He received the danceWEB scholarship, the Tall Order Young Maker’s Award, the Premio ACT Bilbao and the BestOFF-Styria Award. Since 2007, he develops his own choreographic work together with Marta Navaridas. Their Obama-Performance Your Majesties has been touring internationally since 2010.
studied Translation and Interpreting at UPF University Barcelona, Choreography at ArtEZ Arnhem and Mime at the AHK Amsterdam. As a performer she has worked for Sarah Vanhee, Blood for Roses, Roy Peters, Sofia Mavragani. She received the dance-WEB scholarship, the Tall Order Young Maker’s Award, the Premio ACT Bilbao and the BestOFF-Styria Theatre Award. Together with Alex Deutinger (Navaridas & Deutinger) she has presented works at festivals and venues in Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, Slovenia, Spain, Croatia, Mozambique and the UK. In 2012 she collaborated with Theater im Bahnhof Graz in the framework of Truth is Concrete / steirischer herbst.
graduated in 2010 at Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz, BA Contemporary Dance. He has worked with the choreographers Georg Blaschke, Anna Schrefl and Christine Gaigg. In 2010 he received START-Stipendium für Musik und darstellende Kunst from Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur and training scholarship at Tanzquartier Wien. In 2012 he obtained danceWEB scholarship.
studied at the Department of Dance Creation at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Bratislava, Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz (BA in Contemporary Dance) and at the University of Ostrava (MA in philosophy, Czech language and literature). In 2010 she received START-Stipendium für Musik und darstellende Kunst from Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur and training scholarship at Tanzquartier Wien. She worked with Esther Koller, Nicole
Berndt-Caccivio and Christine Gaigg/2nd nature. In 2012 she was part of Werkstück and got a danceWEB scholarship.
is a freelance dancer and teacher, based in Vienna. She studied at Codarts, Hogeschool voor muziek en dans, Rotterdam. In the Netherlands she worked with international companies as Emio Greco|PC, Galili Dance and Anouk van Dijk DC. Since 2010 she collaborates with Christine Gaigg (Maschinenhalle#1, Organismen 3, Seven Cuts, Wenn die Kinder Steine ins Wasser werfen). She is also member of cafe mut.movement sound quartett vienna (Goldberg at Porgy and Bess) and f8, Interferencias Austria, a research platform for performers. As a dance teacher she works in the field of non-formal education and community dance.
studied contemporary dance at SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance). During her education she worked with artists like Anna McRae (NZL), Salva Sanchis (ES), Ori Flomin (IS/USA), Oleg Soulimenko (RUS/A) and Ted Stoffer (B/US). In 2007 she attended an exchange program with Tisch School of Arts in New York and also received her Body Arts and Science (BASI) Pilates instructor certificate. After her graduation in 2008 she received the training scholarship of Tanzquartier Wien and she started working with Cie. Willi Dorner (A), Liz King (GB/A), Eva Brunner (A), and Anne-Dolorès Marcélis (B). Since 2010 she is a permanent member of Cie. Willi Dorner as well as Dorner’s choreographic assistant.
is a freelance dancer, based in Vienna. Until the age of twenty he was singing in professional and semi-professional choirs in Klagenfurt and Vienna. He studied science of theatre, film and media until he started to dance at the age of 25. He studied dance in Seville (Spain) and Salzburg where he graduated at SEAD (Salzburg Academy of Dance). During his education in SEAD he worked with artists like Anna McRae, Diego Gil, Roberto Olivan, Davis Freeman, Peter Jasko. After his graduation he started to work two years for the Austrian company Liquid Loft and the choreographer Chris Haring. Since then working as a freelancer for different projects.
This event is made possible by INTPA – INTERNATIONAL NET FOR DANCE AND PERFORMANCE AUSTRIA of Tanzquartier Wien with funds by BMUKK and BMeiA.