Choros (II)

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Choros, Juni 2017

Choros ist Forschung an Verbindungen. Wir schauen, sprechen, hören, berühren und bewegen uns aus den Relationen untereinander, zu den ZuschauerInnen und dem Raum heraus. Die Essenz eines Chors ist die Verbundenheit der Teilnehmenden untereinander. Das Zusammensein mehrerer und ihr gemeinsames Tun ist das Faszinierende eines Chors. Diese Gemeinschaft zeichnet ihn aus und sie teilt er mit den ZuschauerInnen. In einer Gegenwart, die als individualistisch bis zum Narzissmus, detached bis zur Isolation und vereinsamt bis zur Depression erfahren wird, ist ein Gemeinsames ebenso fragwürdig wie anziehend wie verführerisch. Wir suchen und experimentieren mit der Frage, was ein Chor sein könnte vor dem Hintergrund dieser persönlichen, politischen, gesellschaftlichen Erfahrungen und Bedrohungen. Wir wollen als Antwort darauf die chorische Verbundenheit als eine verstehen, die mit den Beziehungen untereinander spielerisch umgeht und so nicht vereinheitlicht, sondern allen Teilnehmenden Raum gibt und lässt. Wir sehen den Chor als eine Weise geteilter – auch mit den ZuschauerInnen geteilter – Freiheiten und Spielräume: Wir wollen mit den Räumen zwischen uns, zwischen den Zuschauenden und den Performenden spielen. Jenseits von totalem Ichbezug und geschlossenen Gesellschaften wollen wir mit dem Chor ein gemeinsames Offensein füreinander und für die ZuschauerInnen finden und erfahren.

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Choros, Juni 2017

Für das Publikum ist Choros eine Teilnahme-Erfahrung jenseits von still gegenübersitzen und forciertem Mitmachen. Durch die Veränderung der Positionen – sitzen/stehen/gehen/liegen und der Abstände zum Chor – gerät der körperliche Aspekt des Publikum-Seins in den Vordergrund: Wie verändert sich mein Sehen dadurch, wo ich im Raum bin und in welcher Haltung? Wie ändert sich mein Wahrnehmen und Teilnehmen dadurch, dass ich mittendrin bin und nicht außerhalb des Geschehens? Welche unterschiedlichen Energien gehen von den anderen ZuschauerInnen aus, je nachdem, wo sie sich befinden? Wo fällt es leichter, sich zu öffnen, in welchen Konstellationen entsteht ein gemeinsamer Sog, wo ist es eher distanzierter? – Solche Fragen tauchen in Choros zum Verhältnis von Zuschauenden und Chor auf und wir verstehen die Arbeit auch als ein »Zuschauertraining«. Es geht uns um mehrdimensionale und körperliche Zuschauererfahrungen.

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Choros, Modellansicht

»Chor« heißt für uns nicht Verpflichtung zu einer übergeordneten Einheit, sondern sich einlassen auf die vielfältigen Bezüge untereinander. Ein Chor ist für uns weder die Addition von Einzelnen, noch ein Kollektiv. »Chorisch« ist ein Miteinander aus Blicken, Bewegungen und Stimmen als Bezug zum Publikum. ZuschauerInnen sind nicht einem Geschehen gegenüber, sondern gehören – zuschauend, zuhörend – zu ihm dazu.

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Choros, Juli 2017

Die zweite dreimonatige Forschungsetappe zu Choros mit einem achtköpfigen Raum-Chor haben wir gerade abgeschlossen. Wir danken Zoé Alibert, Viviana Defazio, Katherine Gorsuch, Olivia Patrizia-Kunze, Stella Maxeiner, Sonia Noya, Fausta Scarangella und Sinja Völl.

Call for Choreutic Movers: 8+9 July 2017 (+Oct/Nov)

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Narziss Echo, model view

WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WITH MOVING/DANCING EXPERIENCE WHO LIKE TO WORK IN A GROUP.

Part 1: 8 + 9 July 2017, 16–20h Uferstudios (can be done separately)
Part 2: 10–14 days rehearsals in October 2017
Part 3: 4 presentations in early November 2017

We are working on a revised version of our piece „Narziss Echo“ (http://www.moritzmajcesandraman.com/narzissecho). The premiere was in March at imagetanz festival in Vienna and there will be presentations in the beginning of November in Berlin at Open Spaces festival of Tanzfabrik. For the performances in Berlin we will be reworking some parts and making new ones. While in the first version we have been working with a single dancer we now want to work with what we call a „space chorus“ of 12–15 people.

The project deals with the relation between audience and performer, engaging in questions of looking and identifying as performing (watching, being looked at, being/performing a spectator); it is an installational setting with a limited amount of audience members. We will play with the inside and the outside of the setting, using the whole space incl. the audience area as the stage and moving spectators only slowly from the frame and the outside into the inside and the seats of „their“ space.

First, there is a video shooting on 8th and 9th July, from 16–20h at Uferstudios. Second, there will be appr. 10–14 days of rehearsal in October. Third, there will be four shows in Berlin in the first November week. We cannot pay for the video shooting, for the presentations in October and November we do have a budget. For more information about our work see www.moritzmajcesandraman.com

If you are interested please send a mail incl. CV to ms@moritzmajcesandraman.com

Open Studio: Call for Audience: 29 June, 4+5 July

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Tryout at 3AM – Filaments and Voids, photo by Rasmus Bell

Thursday, 29 June 2017, 20h30
Tuesday, 04 July 2017, 20h30
Wednesday, 05 July 2017, 20h30

Künstlerhaus, Am Flutgraben 3, 12435 Berlin

Between representation and participation lies the audience space. It is the space where a piece takes place. It is bigger and wider than we usually think and feel. It has more than one side, it is multidimensional. It is your body with all its weight and volume, with all its senses: listening, watching, feeling – in all directions.

Let’s try to see the Zuschauerraum, the space reserved for the audience, differently: not as the space where an audience is placed to watch the piece but as the space an audience is being given by a piece. Let’s understand and experience Zuschauerraum not just as a designated area in a building but as the space of a perceiving audience; a space that is not anyway there before and after the piece but a space that consists of Zuschauerkörper – perceiving living breathing feeling moving bodies full of energies, impulses, desires. Let’s think Zuschauerraum not as the seats you are taking but as the space your bodies are making. Let’s try out and explore this Zuschauerraum in present tense.

It’s common to expect and wish that performers move the audience. Let’s find out what it could be for performers to not only move the audience but be moved by it. Be moved by gazes, breaths, sounds, by the impulses and energy of an audience; by where the audience is and how it is. By an audience who is present, open, aware of all senses and thus transformed in a way that allows to fully explore all sensual dimensions of watching.

What would it need for that – as a training for performers as well as audience members?
Could there be a training that includes and involves an audience as well as performers? Is there a way to work on and explore the act of watching, the energy of perceiving as what moves the performers? What comes out if the performance becomes really dependent on the real presence of an audience? What happens if there is nothing else or behind this being perceived and being perceived becomes being moved?

During the last two months we trained a lot to be open and to use all our senses. We worked on looking, listening, feeling as relations to each other and a flow of contacts as reasons to move and be moved. We would like to find ways of sharing this openness with an audience who wants to become part of the contact zones we try to open up and dive in.

We propose three evenings of rehearsals with audience; we would like to find out more about the experience of being a Zuschauerkörper and about the ways our bodies can be moved by your presence.

WHEN
Thursday, 29 June 2017, 20h30
Tuesday, 04 July 2017, 20h30
Wednesday, 05 July 2017, 20h30

WHERE
Künstlerhaus
Am Flutgraben 3
12435 Berlin
(next to Badeschiff, Arena and Club der Visionäre)

There will be a limited number of participants, please let us know if and when you come by sending an email to sanwoman@icloud.com.

Please be on time, the door downstairs is locked and will open only once at 20h30.

3AM – Filaments and Voids 4.6.2017 @ Flutgraben Berlin

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3AM | Filaments and Voids

Dear 3AM friends,

We cordially invite you to 3AM – Filaments and Voids.

Let’s celebrate together the amazing space at Flutgraben, welcome artistic attractions and distractions, enjoy sound and silence, get together and share an evening of performances, concerts, films, dancing, food and drinks.

When: 4 June 2017, starting at 19.00h
Location: Am Flutgraben 3, 12435 Berlin

with

Brendan Dougherty
Philipp Enders and Adaline Anobile
Charlie Fouchier
Lisa Hinterreithner
Daniella Kaufman and Karoline Strys
Christian Kesten and choir 
Moritz Majce + Sandra Man with Zoé Alibert, Katherine Gorsuch, Olivia Patrizia-Kunze, Sonia Noya, Fausta Scarangella, Sinja Völl
Nikolaus Neuser and Florian Juncker
Sonia Noya
Juliana Piquero, Maya Weinberg, Catalina Fernández, Manuela Schininá
Julia Reidy, Samuel Hall and Liz Kosack
Ilana Reynolds and Ira Hadžić
Daniel Salomon
Lisa Stertz

Entrance free.

ATTENTION! The (orange) door of the main entrance will be open only 5 times for 10 minutes every time: at 19.00, 20.00, 21.00, 22.00 and 23.00h.

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3AM | Warmup

IMPORTANT! For the first time we will also come together before a 3AM to warm up: The participating artists will share with you their thoughts on what they are going to try out at the 3AM event. This get together is itself a tryout in getting in the mood for 3AM.

When: 1 June 2017, starting at 20.00h 
Location: Public and Private Studio at Flutgraben, the door will open at 20.00h and 21.00h

3AM – Filaments and Voids is organised by Katharina Wallisch, Moritz Majce + Sandra Man.
Funded by Senat Department for Culture and Europe. 
Supported by Flutgraben e.V. and Public in Private Studio.

As you know, 3AM is an independent event with a focus on giving value to experimentation and local collaboration. Our frame stays purposefully open to allow for any new forms to emerge. We’d like to offer possibilities for artists to make tryouts that could be useful for their artistic works, therefore we’d like to create an environment that welcomes doing, viewing and experiencing art in its on going creative process.

More about the 3AM background and idea you can find here: http://3am.events

Many thanks to all the participating artists!

Looking forward to dancing with you!

Narziss Echo – Note on fragility (after the first premiere at imagetanz-Festival, Vienna)

Narziss Echo works with micro movements in body and voice and lyrical text. Its substance and material are affects and relations: looking, listening, speaking. Almost in direct contrast to Festung / Europa (2015) where we used very heavy wall elements we work now with waves and impulses – light, sound, nerves; whereas in Festung / Europa a chorus of 28 people was literally carrying the piece it’s in Narziss Echo the single body, the single voice and their technical doubles and extensions who are performing; and while in Festung / Europa the audience was grouped and enclosed it is singularized and detached in Narziss Echo.

The fine and airy connections of gazes and spoken words and the exposure of single bodies make Narziss Echo a fragile piece. Its fragility lies in the very character of the material (micro movement, atmosphere of the voice, lyrical words), in the role of the audience (who is exposed and participating but not interacting), in the spatial and sensual separation of the two performers and in the relation to their respective technical doublings (the interplay of what is live and what is recorded/on video); all of these aspects, elements and strings together make the performance and whether or not all of them find and engage in the right rhythm is the challenge and the risk of the piece every time it is presented.

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Narziss Echo | stillshot

Narziss Echo is precarious and in an almost naïve manner does not protect itself; every little lapse (too slow, too fast relative to what is needed right here and now) in the performance, every technical sound or video problem, every movement and reaction by an audience member can derange it. – But: This risk, this radical unprotectedness and openness to contingency is the piece. It’s a piece that can easily break, fall apart, become vain: the moment when Narcissus recognizes himself in the mirror, the deadly catastrophe of mere superficiality and shallow looks-like-something-but-is-nothing belongs to the piece. It can happen that the piece falls into a vain abyss of identification and sameness. But it can also happen that it relates differently to this moment of narcissist disaster and allows to surf on the flat and slippery surface of the spring. In this piece it is not only the dancer who incorporates Narcissus and who can thus fail but everyone, including every single audience member, and everything, including technical stuff, contributes to and participates in the rhythm that is needed to create the right surface tension for drifting (this interplay of elements and in-betweenness of the performance is btw the reason why we call our pieces „space choreographies“). The spring in and of this piece is the rhythmical tension of gazes, movements, voice, words, the permeability of audience and performers, bodies and technical equipment. In this airy arrangement lies the danger to collapse into narcissist pretentiousness as well as the chance to experience narcotic intensity.

Narziss Echo – Note on the echo space

During the development of the piece the monologue transforms itself into a language cosmos. It is no more a timeline marked by pauses as spaces in-between but it’s the spatial qualities as such becoming more and more present and create something new. This new is a cosmos consisting only of language spoken and sung; as opposed to the ancient idea of a cosmos it is not a given order that guarantees stability but a space that continuously originates anew from different positions. It is the space(s) and the spacing in-between and beyond stability and instability, continuity and disruption we are trying to find and create.

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Narziss Echo | installation shot

This cosmos consists of a voice, of language spoken and sung but it is neither text nor sound, neither music nor literature as such we are producing; we try to open the space(s) in-between sound and meaning. So, although this cosmos carries songs and lyrical poetry parts, it is not a concert and it is not a reading you are listening to. It is only language we are working with (and not sound material of all sorts…) because we want to change the perspective from a space opened by language (an imaginary space, created e.g. by a story) to spaced language. We need this reduction and focus on words only in order to achieve a twist from story to space by using the same means: The cosmos created by language is not one that is merely being told, but it is here and now in the space of words and the words in space. This cosmos is not about a story, it is not about a dialogue; neither is it about physicality as opposed to meaning; and although there are more fragmented zones and more linear ones deconstruction and liquefying is not our main goal; neither is alienation of pre-existing sounds what we are working with (we record and then change very little, we don’t use effects…). Instead of or beyond fragmentation and linearity, beyond solid and liquid we try to think of the possibilities of aeriform movements; instead of or beyond deconstruction and alienation and thus working on the meaning and identity of words or sounds we want to space them. This asks for another practice, not only of making but also of listening to it and being in it. We don’t know it – we try it.

It is the mythological Echo, our preoccupation with her, that led us to such a space. The cave she turns into, the pure resonance she is, the voice that only answers and thus transforms enabled us to think of an Echo not as a poor and paranoid chamber of always the same but as a rich and full cosmos. Finally, all the material we produced during our long engagement with the myth, all the different words, tunes and rhythms we found in response to her: the melancholic, the somnambulant, the demanding, the sad and the desperate, the longing and the fulfillig… are building, forming and moving the narcotic Echo space of this piece.

Narziss Echo – Note on myth and metamorphosis

In the myth there is no development; but there is transformation. This change without progress is essential to our artistic search for working with time as space, our interest in making pieces with a beginning and an end but beyond narration.

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Charlie Fouchier | Narziss Echo at imagetanz Festival, Vienna | March 2017

The myth of Narcissus and Echo (as it is told by Ovid in his Metamorphoses) deals with the relation of image and word, look and voice; love, pain and death, unity and separation are in this complementary and impossible relation between two senses. Although famous as the myth of self-relation par excellence it confronts us with otherness and alterity: Narcissus falling in love with someone he does not recognize as being himself until the moment when he realizes that the image does not speak; Echo transforming the words of others into her own and becoming the space of transformation as such: a cave. The myth of Narcissus and Echo echoes Plato’s allegory of the cave by transforming it from a place about vision, knowledge and exit into a space of sound, love and reception.

For Narziss Echo – linking only the names, leaving the relations between them open to all directions – we take the myth in its spatial and relational aspects: Narcissus as centre, Echo as being everywhere; Narcissus as vision and reflection, Echo as sound and resonance.

Narziss Echo – Note on the dance, the voice and the image

Narziss Echo consists of movement and voice. Inspired by Caravaggio’s Narcissus (1597–99) and its tension between attraction and levitation the dance is centered on the look: looking on oneself, looking outside (horizontal), looking upside (vertical), looking at others; at the same time looking and being looked at, (not) getting in (eye) contact. Looking is a way of relating to oneself and to others and this relation is choreographed and exposed in the movement. It is so not only on the side of the dancer and his looking/being looked at but also on the that of the audience who is looking at the performer but also looking at itself: The elliptic space and the distance between the chairs expose the audience members and make them visible for each other.

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Caravaggio | Narcissus | 1597–1599

The corresponding element in the monologue is the pause. The rhythm of speaking is organized on the pause as space and not as a break-up and interruption. The monologue pauses in moments when the text opens up in all directions – nothing and/or anything could come now, the pause gives space. Thus the monologue relates to others: it is not addressing the audience, it is not directly speaking to it but it is giving space to it.

Both, the solo and the monologue, are traditional ways of aesthetic self-relation. In Narziss Echo they are exposed in their respective qualities of being relations to others. They do not enter into a dialogue between each other but rather create different spaces of contact with and resonance of/for the audience.

In the beginning and in the middle the performance is transformed. The solo becomes an image, two videos frame the choreography; they show the dancer moving in two different spaces. As part of the piece the video image is not an image of space, it is an image in space: it opens up another space, an outer space right here in the installation to which it belongs.

Narziss Echo – Premiere 16.3.2017 imagetanz Festival

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Narziss Echo, Modellansicht

EINE RAUMCHOREOGRAPHIE VON MORITZ MAJCE UND SANDRA MAN

»Nach ihrer letzten Arbeit Festung / Europa setzen Moritz Majce und Sandra Man mit Narziss Echo ihre Suche nach einer anderen Art des Zuschauens fort. In einer interdisziplinären Raumchoreographie mit Elementen aus bildender Kunst, Tanz und Theater benutzen die beiden Künstler den Mythos des Narziss als Quelle für ein Wechselspiel aus Hören und Schauen, das über Selbstsuche und Identifikation hinausgeht.« (brut Wien)

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Narziss Echo, Stillshot

Spätestens seit Trump globalisiert sich das Um-sich-selber-Kreisen des Individuums, der Narzissmus als totaler Selbstbezug ist die symptomatische Krankheit der Gegenwart. Der Mythos von Narziss ist das Porträt eines jungen Mannes, der sich in sein Spiegelbild verliebt und daran stirbt. Er ist auch die Geschichte der Nymphe Echo, die nur antworten kann. Sie verliebt sich in Narziss und wird von ihm zurückgewiesen. In ihrem Schmerz verwandelt sie sich in eine Höhle, in der jeder Klang widerhallt. Zum Narzissmus gehört die Echokammer.

 Resonanz und Reflexion, Blick und Stimme, Wort und Bild, im Mittelpunkt und überall sein sind die Bezüge eines Mythos, den wir als Quelle für ein Wechselspiel aus Hören und Schauen verwenden. Der totale Selbstbezug löst sich auf, zwei Sinnesräume öffnen sich.

RAUMCHOREOGRAPHIE: Moritz Majce + Sandra Man RAUM: Moritz Majce TEXT: Sandra Man STIMME: Christine Börsch-Supan TANZ: Charlie Fouchier

Choreographie gemeinsam mit Charlie Fouchier
Komposition gemeinsam mit Christine Börsch-Supan

Eine Koproduktion von Moritz Majce + Sandra Man mit imagetanz/brut Wien und Tanzfabrik Berlin. Mit freundlicher Unterstützung der Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien (MA 7) und des Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin (HKF).

Dank an Nir Vidan und Enrico L’Abbate für die gemeinsame Arbeit am Tanz und an E35 Shop (www.e35shop.com) für das Outfit für Charlie Fouchier.

Premiere: 16. März 2017, 19 Uhr (Theatersaal Bohemia)
Weitere Aufführungen: 17. und 18. März 2017, jeweils 19 Uhr

Online Ticket kaufen

brut Wien • Karlsplatz 5 • 1010 Wien
Tickets: 16 € / 12 € / 8 € • www.brut-wien.at • (01) 587 87 74

Raumchoreographie und Sprache

Raumchoreographie ist ein bestimmtes Verhältnis zum Schreiben, zum Sprechen und zum Text. Im Unterschied zum Theater ist der Text nicht Ausgangspunkt der Arbeit, sondern Teil von ihr; dennoch beansprucht er einen eigenständigen literarischen Status. Sprechen bzw. Stimme ist Material und Bewegung, nicht Spiel und Rolle. Inhaltlich und formal ist das bisher für Raumchoreographien entwickelte Schreiben lyrisch.

Einer der Gründe, warum wir angefangen haben, uns für Choreographie zu interessieren, war die Suche nach einer anderen Art des künstlerischen Schreibens und des Umgangs mit Sprache und Text. Und zwar nach einer Art, die primär und von Anfang an räumlich ist und spezifisch für die jeweilige Arbeit; das Schreiben dauert so die ganze Zeit der Stückentwicklung über an, der finale Text existiert nicht vor dem Stück: Er ist in Relation zu allen anderen Elementen und ändert sich mit ihnen mit.

Sprechen und Stimme denken wir als Weisen des sich-Bewegens: als Zusammenspiel von Atmung, Muskeln und Hohlräumen in einem Körper und als Schwingungen zwischen Körpern.

Lyrisch sind die bisher für Raumchoreographien geschriebenen Texte, weil sie wesentlich von Klang und Rhythmus bestimmt sind. Inhaltlich erschließen sie einen Welt-Raum aus organischen und anorganischen, animalischen, menschlichen und kosmischen Körpern in permanenter Transformation.

Eine raumchoreographische Sprachpraxis ermöglicht jenseits von Drama und Post-Drama Schreiben für und Sprechen auf der Bühne, das sich nicht an Fragen von Spiel, Rolle und Figur abarbeitet, sondern woanders ansetzt: im und zwischen Körper(n), im Raum, in den Bezügen und nicht in den Subjekten.