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Thu 21.02.2008 | 19.00 h
Fri 22.02.2008 | 19.00 h
80 min
"MAYBE FOREVER" is a densely atmospheric piece, accompanied live by Niko Hafkenscheid on electric guitar. While he sings of love, longing and close encounters, the two dancer-choreographers Meg Stuart and Philipp Gehmacher encounter one another for real on stage. Both artists are known for analysing and criticising the alienation of the body, which finds a collective form here for the first time. Close enough to touch yet infinitely distant, they try to come together in an embrace. But comfort and pain go hand in hand, as is illustrated here in vivid images and scenes. A sense of the finite nature of existence lurks at the end of every attempt to connect, yet also provides the impetus for a new start.
American choreographer Meg Stuart studied dance in New York and founded her group Damaged Goods in Belgium in 1994. In 2002 - 03 the company also began a working partnership with the Berlin theatre Volksbühne am Rosa Luxemburg Platz. Austrian choreographer Philipp Gehmacher is a graduate of the London Contemporary Dance School and the Laban Centre London. He began choreographing his own work with his company Mumbling Fish in the 90s.
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Choreography + dance | Meg Stuart & Philipp Gehmacher. Live music | Niko Hafkenscheid. Dramaturgy | Myriam Van Imschoot. Lighting | Jan Maertens. Stage + costume design | Janina Audick. Music + sound | Vincent Malstaf. Choreographer’ s assistant | Sigal Zouk. Production management | Tanja Thomsen. Stage + costume designer’s assistant | Inga Timm. Thanks to | Davis Freeman, Angela Glechner, Christoph Gurk, Michael Höppner, ImPulsTanz (Wien), TanzWerkstatt Berlin. Production | Damaged Goods & Mumbling Fish. Co-production | Kaaitheater (Brüssel), Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, Ohio), Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz (Berlin)
Meg Stuart & Damaged Goods are supported by the Government of
Flanders and the Flemish Community Commission | Philipp Gehmacher & Mumbling Fish are supported by the Department of Culture of the City of Vienna
hPhoto Chris Van der Burght