MEG STUART/

DAMAGED GOODS

In UNTIL OUR HEARTS STOP, six performers and three musicians find themselves in a place that is both a nightclub and an arena: an unreliable, high-octane refuge, a place of desire and illusion. To the sound of throbbing basses, piano and drums – a mix between improvisation and composition - they make optimistic attempts to meet impossible deadlines.
For this piece, Meg Stuart drew inspiration from people who retreat from the real world and construct their own, fantastic set of rules. The performers are ‘freaky insiders’, forced to connect in uncomfortable, yet playful ways. Navigating between naivety and despair, they are dreamers who long for reality. In a world in which they fade away and disappear, they feel the urge to seek new forms of appearance.


http://www.damagedgoods.be/

Tanzkongress 2019 – A Long Lasting Affair

5–10 June HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts/Dresden

Since the beginning of the 20th century the Tanzkongress has provided a moment for the German dance community to gather and reflect, fight and form alliances. 2019 for the first time a choreographer has been assigned with the artistic direction of the Tanzkongress. Meg Stuart invited dance practitioners to Dresden (and other places) to a gathering conceived from a dancer's and choreographer's perspective which combines the social potential of dance and choreography with that of a gathering.

Neither academic or cultural-political reflection, nor exhibition or presentation platform, the Tanzkongress 2019 focused on the (intimate) exchange of artists and accomplices, based on the desire for a meeting that goes beyond a single weekend in one place. As a Long Lasting Affair, Tanzkongress 2019 attempted to initiate a conversation over a long period of time, revisiting the artistic utopias of community, anarchy and spirituality, which are not only embodied by the iconic venue, but also by the artistic colony that lived at Monte Verità during the early years of the 20th century.

Besides the gathering in June, the Tanzkongress has also organised a number of gatherings or ‘salons’ at various other locations. Made possible by the Goethe-Institut, these events took place in New York, Bogotá, Madrid, Helsinki and New Delhi, with the objective of fostering intense artistic exchanges in intimate surroundings.

Tanzkongress 2019 – A Long Lasting Affair

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In UNTIL OUR HEARTS STOP, six performers and three musicians find themselves in a place that is both a nightclub and an arena: an unreliable, high-octane refuge, a place of desire and illusion. To the sound of throbbing basses, piano and drums – a mix between improvisation and composition - they make optimistic attempts to meet impossible deadlines.
For this piece, Meg Stuart drew inspiration from people who retreat from the real world and construct their own, fantastic set of rules. The performers are ‘freaky insiders’, forced to connect in uncomfortable, yet playful ways. Navigating between naivety and despair, they are dreamers who long for reality. In a world in which they fade away and disappear, they feel the urge to seek new forms of appearance.


http://www.damagedgoods.be/

Until Our Hearts Stop

choreography Meg Stuart
created with and performed by Neil Callaghan, Jared Gradinger, Leyla Postalcioglu, Maria F. Scaroni, Claire Vivianne Sobottke, Kristof Van Boven
dramaturgy Jeroen Versteele
live music by Samuel Halscheidt, Marc Lohr, Stefan Rusconi
original music created by Paul Lemp, Marc Lohr, Stefan Rusconi
scenography Doris Dziersk
costume design Nadine Grellinger
light design Jurgen Kolb, Gilles Roosen
assistant choreography Francisco Camacho
assistant scenography Giulia Paolucci
assistant costume design Davy van Gerven
artistic assistant Igor Dobricic
technical direction Oliver Houttekiet
sound design Richard König
production manager Sabrina Schmidt
production Damaged Goods & Münchner Kammerspiele
co-production PACT Zollverein (Essen), Ruhrtriennale – Festival der Künste
special thanks to Klara Luhmen, Peter Pleyer, Dasniya Sommer, Tami Tamaki, Aurore Werniers and Uferstudios (Berlin)
The performance is dedicated to Paul Lemp, friend and musician of Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods.
Meg Stuart & Damaged Goods are supported by the Flemish authorities and the Flemish Community Commission.