Author Archives: Moritz Majce

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

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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

Adam + Eve – Model Views

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Model view, 2018

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Model View, 2018

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Model View, 2018

Adam + Eve

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Michelangelo, La Creazione di Adamo, 1508–1512

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Albrecht Dürer, Adam und Eva, 1507

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Giovanni di Paolo, Creazione e Cacciata dal Paradiso terrestre, 1445

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Hieronymus Bosch, Garten Eden, 1500

Choros III (Koroška) @ Kunstraum Lakeside, Klagenfurt 8.9.–6.10.2017

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Choros (III) Koroška, Stillshot

The author/choreographer Sandra Man and the visual artist/choreographer Moritz Majce have been working together since 2010. What distinguishes their collaboration is that they view and produce choreography not from the perspective of the performing arts but rather as a visual art: as art in space.

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Choros (III) Koroška, Stillshot

For the exhibition Choros III (Koroška), conceived by the duo as an artistic research project on the choir and choreography, they have developed outdoor choral constellations as a way of engaging with the specific spatial conditions of landscape as “nature”, and with the possibilities for its reception as well as with its acoustics, its prospects, and its horizon. In parallel, an exhibition will be presented at Kunstraum Lakeside that is also composed as a kind of “landscape” of various views and sounds.

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Choros stomped @ Tanzböden, Polinik

The work includes various elements of the “choral”, including the ancient Greek term choros, meaning circular, sung dance; the dance floor and those who dance upon it; and the linking of dance, theater, and music. The choir is perceived as a spatial network of sensory relations. In a direct confrontation with the audience, the spatial choreography is realized independently of the media used as a movement between all elements and the audience. Vital to this exercise is the direct encounter with the landscape of Carinthia, which served as the production setting for all voice and video recordings, all of which were made outdoors in the alpine region. Body and voice are seen as part of nature here, reacting to the weather and the topographical conditions. Reference is also made to the political and ideological appropriation of the landscape and the choir in the course of history, whereby the work does not merely take up this critical thread but rather reconceives landscape, choir, and space as a multidimensional fabric that is not there for the taking and belongs to no one.

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Choros (III) Koroška, Making Of @ Striedensee

IDEA + CONCEPT: Moritz Majce + Sandra Man
VOICE + MOVEMENT: Christine Börsch-Supan
OUTSIDE EYE: Katharina Wallisch
CURATOR: Nora Leitgeb

Wir bedanken uns bei Lakeside Labs GmbH für die großzügige Unterstützung bei den Videoaufnahmen mit einer Drohne und bei Franz Habich für die Steuerung, sowie bei der Agrargemeinschaft Nachbarschaft Söbriach für den freundlichen Zugang zu einer ihrer Almen.

Eröffnung: 7. September 2017, 18.30 Uhr

Kunstraum Lakeside • Lakeside B02 • 9020 Klagenfurt
www.lakeside-kunstraum.at • +43 463 22 88 22-20

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