My friend and co-worker Michael Fischer recently invited me to accompany a performance of young dancers at the 6. Burgenländische Tanztage, a project initiated by Liz King, an internationally acclaimed dancer, performer and choreographer, now running a studio in Oberwart, Burgenland.
Choosing a small town, deep in the Austrian province, for an international festival is remarkable. Austria resp. its cultural reputation is mostly centered on Vienna, its capital. Thus it’s hard to show up if you decide to move away into the province. Nevertheless it has truly been a great weekend, giving the opportunity to get in touch with a world that I hadn’t known before.
A couple of performances I witnessed:
- Gezeiten : a dance-performance by the group Body Focus
a poetic and touching performance by a group of amateurs, led by Liz King.
- Dance Communication Lab
an exploration of mythical landscape by 4 young dancers (Michael Fischer and me having done the acoustic part)
- Moonwalkers – Mission I
By means of a specific dialog between moving bodies and performance-space this peace showed moments of falling and floating.
stage-setting: Stefanie Rauch
performance: Sabile Rasiti
- Lost in Space Unplugged – United Sorry
Frans Poelstra and Robert Steijn are certainly well-known in the world of performance and modern dance. Their peace revealed as well poetic as touching moments, reminding of situations of our all daily experiences.
a performance by the Hungarian dancer and performer Zambriczky Adam – wild, almost acrobatic, but at the same time very poetic.