Author Archives: Moritz Majce

Working on Chora

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Bergheider See, June 2019

The relation of time and space is central to Chora. How does a space move us and how does it change when we move (in) it?

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Bergheider See, June 2019

In Chora we continue working outdoors. Mountains and dunes have been our rehearsal spaces and video spots for the last years. Since Choros and even more so in Chora we are intrigued by technologically transformed environments; abandoned areas in which nature is coming back; artificial lakes waiting for the first creatures to come alive.

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Prenzlauer Promenade, May 2019

A landmark is with us in Chora, an object, a mobile piece of earth. It is called ekkyklema, in reference to an ancient Greek theatre device, a mobile platform which was used to present happenings from the invisible inside of the stage house (the skene) to the outside.

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Wölla, July 2019

The ancient Greek name chora is known to us through Plato’s dialogue Timaeus. Chora is the name of a receptive space in constant movement giving space to movement. It is a mythological concept – dating from before classical Greek philosophy and also from before classical Greek theatre –, storing archaic ritualistic dimensions. In Plato’s Timaeus chora is the space of movement as such that lets everything else – the elements and their movements – emerge; it does so by not having any shape itself and by being permanently moving. In Timaeus it is said that chora is a space which is never still and never in balance: it is shaking, trembling. Timaeus also links this mythological precosmic shaking of chora to the human body and its desire to move – in order to keep the elements in healthy relations.

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Wölla, July 2019

Through the ancient name chora the contemporary perception of space in motion, of a world and a planet in fundamental transformation is linked to the peripheries – pre-philosophy, pre-theatre –, to the deep times of Western thought and art. Chora, the name, is a channel to the ancient, the mythological and even archaic and to their symbolic and affective potentials. In a strange way it seems right and coherent that today in the most futuristic conceptions of space the most archaic image of transformation reappears. The most natural and the most artificial meet at the same time, disturbingly and convincingly in many of the most contemporary places on our planet.

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Prenzlauer Promenade, May 2019

We dedicate Chora to questions and experiences of time and space. We understand it as a process of growth that will continue and last into its time of being publicly presented. We will grow into publication, through it and out of it. We expose ourselves to a time – the growing – that is usually over when a work is presented, when it is finished. In Chora we set a frame that allows us to stay open to time, to be affected by time, to let time come to us.

Videos / pictures with Zoé Alibert, Charlie Fouchier, Judith Förster, Micaela Kühn Jara, Julia B. Laperrière, Sonia Noya, Assi Pakkanen, Katharina Wallisch

Call for Choreutic Movers (Dancers and Performers) 2019 OVER

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Chora, model view

For their new space choreography Chora Moritz Majce and Sandra Man are looking for choreutic movers. The essence of Chora will be a chorus in a growing landscape on mobile grounds. Expanding over one week in November 2019 as part of Open Spaces Festival of Tanzfabrik Berlin Chora will be dealing with expansion and excess – diving into pleasures of becoming and facing threats of too much.

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Choros VI, District, Berlin, 2018

In Chora Sandra and Moritz continue their work on space choreography and landscape, consisting of movement, objects, videos, spoken words and sound (see their recent work Choros VI), on the chorus as a life form of somatic and spatial relations and technonature as our current biosphere.

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Choros V, WUK performing arts, Vienna, 2018

They are looking for professional dancers and performers with strong interest in precise group work and intense choral practices, joy in relating to others, becoming and incorporating a collective organism by investing their strong individual presence.

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Choros I, Uferstudios, Berlin, 2016

They will give a workshop in April in Berlin.

After a tryout block in May and two video shootings in May and September main production time is from mid September until the last performance on Nov 9th.

Moritz and Sandra are looking forward to read from you on:

ms@moritzmajcesandraman.com

Choros VI – Talking Cure with Elisabeth Schäfer 30.11.2018

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Choros V, Afterplace

When I ask you to talk about Choros this invitation comes out of a desire to talk and to talk about desire. To talk about the desire hidden and expressed in the piece, the desire to make and create, and to talk about the desire to visit and to watch, to feel, to listen, to explore and to be touched. The desire to understand, to explain, to think, to go beyond and let go. To talk about the desire to perform, to move and be moved, to be present, to connect. The desire to be more and other than one. To talk about the desire to participate and to share the desire.

Maybe talking is taking care – of the piece and every part in it.

Let’s try.

Elisabeth Schäfer is a queer-feminist Philosopher and Extern Lecturer for Philosophy (national and international), e.g. at the Department for Philosophy at the University of Vienna, Austria. Her work crosses the borders of Art and Philosophy. Currently she is writing her habilitation thesis on: „Writing Matters: Trans-Sensible Exposures. Writing as Arts-based Research“.

Publications:

– Die offene Seite der Schrift. Jacques Derrida und Hélène Cixous Côte à Côte. Passagen Verlag: Vienna 2008.
– Anthologies/Selection: Together with Esther Hutfless (Eds.) (2017): Hélène Cixous. Gespräch mit dem Esel. Blind Schreiben. Wien: Zaglossus and together with Esther Hutfless and Gertrude Postl (Eds.) (2013/2017): Hélène Cixous: Das Lachen der Medusa. Zusammen mit aktuellen Beiträgen. Vienna: Passagen.
– Editing of Journals/Selction: Together with Arno Böhler and Eva-Maria Aigner Elisabeth Schäfer edited the first bilingual Edition of the Journal PERFORMANCE PHILOSOPHY JOURNAL. Title of the issue: „The Concept of Immanence in Performance Philosophy“, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.https://www.performancephilosophy.org/journal/article/view/137 DOI: https://doi.org/10.21476/PP.2017.33137

Choros VI – Spectator Training with Gabrielle Cram 29.11.2018

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Photo: © Rasmus Bell

29.11.2018, ab 14.30 Uhr

Somatic Spectator Training with Gabrielle Cram

In the installation setting of Choros VI
District Berlin, Bessemerstraße 2-14 12103 Berlin

Registration: ms@moritzmajcesandraman.com

Spectator Training (Open Level) is an applied space and movement practice within the installational setting of Choros VI and which seeks to sensitize your own body for space, relationships and gravity. In an explorative way and through simple scores and practices stemming from body work together with the performers we will investigate the kinesthetic experiencing of the existing performance in the shared space in our own bodies. Like that we draw attention to our own sensing as a form of active participation and tune it for possible (relational) modes of reception. The idea of the offered practice is a body-based spatial preparation, which consciously seeks to augment, deepen and alter the potentialities of being a “spectator”. It is directed at all interested and doesn’t require any previous knowledge. Languages spoken are English and German.

Gabrielle Cram, born in Falkirk, Scotland, lives and works as Dramaturge for Contemporary Dance and Performance in Vienna. Her research focuses on transpersonal agency within transmedia alliances and her applied movement research on mixed abled strategies. She is certified DanceAbility instructor, a movement form based on the principles of early Contact Improvisation and which understands the multiplicity, singularity and diversity of the dancing bodies from their potentiality within. The engagement in transdisciplinary fields and practices of translation—between genres, spaces, times, locations, languages—takes an important role in her work. Her practice is marked by diverse forms of mediation such as the creation of spaces for negotiation and contact zones for still open processes.

From 2014-17 she held the position of head of dramaturgy and research at choreographic centre Tanzquartier Vienna and she is member of collective ttp–Dance Theatre Performance (production, training and research) WUK. She works as translator, artist and as curator e.g. as Curator for Performance and Performative Expressions at electronic music and progressive performance festival donaufestival Krems (2012-14) and as a project curator for Vienna based art foundation Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (2005-08). Her research focuses on the fields of unlearning in the context of de-colonial practices, narrative hacking and transculturality. She studied a combination of Romanistics, Art History and Theatre, Film and Media Studies at University Vienna as well as Conceptual Art and Cultural Studies at Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. https://cominghome.dance

Choros VI – 28.-30. November 2018 @ District, Berlin

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Photo: © Moritz Majce + Sandra Man, 2018

28 Nov, 29 Nov and 30 Nov 2018
District Berlin, Bessemerstraße 2-14 12103 Berlin

Installation opens at 6pm
Performance starts at 7pm
Tickets from 6pm at box office: €10 / 8

Facebook-Event here

28.11. after the performance with wine on the grass:
Talk with Jacopo Lanteri (Curator and Dramaturg) on Choreography as space art and the role of the spectator

29.11. starting 2.30pm:
Somatic Spectator Training with Gabrielle Cram
Info: blog.moritzmajcesandraman.com
Reservations: ms@moritzmajcesandraman.com

30.11. after the performance with wine on the grass:
Talking Cure with Elisabeth Schäfer (Philosopher)

In Choros VI the earth is a foreign planet. People come together in a space station. They enter, visit, explore the area. They move through the past, the present and the future. Times are fragile, mortality is in the future, what is yet to come is waiting in the past, the present collides with the origin. Layers of images, texts and movements reveal a myth in which geometry and nature, gait and gaze, desert and water are the recurrent motives.

Since 2016 the Choros series deals with space and choir. First, it is a group walking together and speaking, forming space around an audience. Choros IV adds a series of videos, exploring movements in image spaces – many bodies in black nothingness, body parts in white nothingness, single bodies in nature. Choros V is focusing on the spatial and corporeal relations among the six performers and between them and various grounds: grass, trampolines, sand.

From the very first Choros is work on origin: In archaic times a group met at a holy place, danced and stomped a round spot in the ground. The word “Choros” is the ancient name for this ritual assembly on the soil. It refers both to the bodies, their movements as well as the site where the participants do all of this. Choros brought forth the roundel and the choir, the dance floor, and choreography.

Choros VI is about times in which cycles considered to be unchangeable start to leave the track. Seasons, weather situations, climatic conditions are changing the earth dramatically. Right in high tech 21st century people are suddenly re-discovering nature, staring in disbelieve at burning forests, flooded coasts, deserted landscapes, as if they had landed on a foreign planet. The earth, the soil on which they believed to be home based, is slipping away under their feet. New uninhabitable and uncultivated sites emerge. What are they going to do with them?

IDEA, SPACE, VIDEO, TEXT: Moritz Majce + Sandra Man PERFORMANCE AND CHOREOGRAPHY WITH: Zoé Alibert, Tamar Grosz, Friederike Heine, Julia B. Laperrière, Sonia Noya, Laura Siegmund STIMMEN: Sergiu Matis, Katharina Meves, Frank Willens INSTALLATION BUILDING: Robert Grap, Olli Opitz PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT: Katharina Wallisch OUTSIDE EYE: Gabrielle Cram ENGLISH TRANSLATION: Anna Galt LIGHT: Andreas Harder, Martin Pilz VOICE RECORDING: Fernand Kenzler

A production by Moritz Majce + Sandra Man, in co-operation with WUK performing arts, funded by the Berlin Senate for Culture and Europe, Vienna Culture, Land Kärnten Kultur. With the kind support of District Berlin and Tanzfabrik Berlin.

Communication program with the kind support of mapping dance berlin – a project by Tanzbüro Berlin.

Thanks to Joris Camelin for his inspiring workshop on voicing and spatial somatics.

District Berlin • Bessemerstraße 2-14 3 • 12103 Berlin
Admission: € 10 / 8 • www.district-berlin.com

Choros V

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Model view, 2018

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Model view, 2018

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Model view, 2018

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Model view, 2018

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Model view, 2018

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Model view, 2018