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KCA - DANCEHOUSE PUBLIC PROGRAM - WALK & TALK NO.19 with PHILIPP GEHMACHER

WALK & TALK NO.19 with PHILIPP GEHMACHER

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Philipp Gehmacher conceived the lecture performance format walk + talk for his curated series STILL MOVING at Tanzquartier Wien in 2008. Ten artists took upon themselves the challenge to intertwine on stage movement with language.

Speaking whilst moving means speaking about your actions, to verbalise what takes place momentarily and what manifests itself physically and mentally. walk sketches the time that passes when movement expands in space. talk refers to the idea of stating, the announcement, the speaking out as much about the complexity of our own pronounced truths that simultaneously win and lose in the instant of expression. walk + talk is an imperative to find not just visibility yet to become audible. The place of declaration is the public stage, not the dance studio, the rehearsal process or the lecture room. walk +talk is the performance of a singular author where the audience witnesses the attempts to speak about and on individual thoughts and movement language, to maybe even let them become a manifesto.

 

walk + talk, a few thoughts

The proposal for a different lecture performance format was partly a reaction to listening to theorists discussing choreographers' works and physicality. The desire was to hear and listen to choreographers voicing their thoughts on movement, not to put the theory back into their mouths, yet to highlight the complexity of thought that goes into articulating one's body and especially that body put into motion. In addition to hearing artists speak, the interest was to create a performance setting that would have the fragility and urgency of the now, and thus be less stable than the mere presentation of performances as an aesthetic artefact. The attempt of saying 'I' was paramount. The serial nature of each festival of ten walk+talks unfolding established a landscape of ten temporary 'I's.

walk+talk is intended as a format neither fully written nor improvised yet a wander along a score that needs to be instantiated to create presence. It represents the attempt of 'throwing' yourself in front 'your' audience, letting your thinking and knowledge be entangled with your body moving whilst aiming for clarity and information. Speaking and the gesture of utterance, the complexity of verbal language as such, runs parallel to the doing, which might not always be a performing.

An extensive documentation of the walk+talk project from 2008 until 2015 plus additional information can be found HERE

Concept and Performance: Philipp Gehmacher

 

PHILIPP GEHMACHER lives in Vienna and works inter-nationally. He is a choreographer, dancer and student at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in the "Sculpture and Space" programme whose works on gesture, space and touch have featured in numerous festivals and venues around the world. He has collaborated across art forms, most importantly with the choreographer Meg Stuart. Gehmacher initiated the lecture performance series walk+talk and is currently focusing on objects and sculpture. He received the renowned Jerwood Choreography Award and the Austrian Advancement Award for Dance from the BMUKK.

 

Date: APRIL 6
Time: 7pm
Where: Dancehouse
Cost: $15 / FREE for Dancehouse Members & Students *

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The Keir Choreographic Award Dancehouse Public Program is presented by Dancehouse in partnership with the Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne, Lucy Guerin Inc. and Deakin University and in association with the 20th Biennale of Sydney.

Dancehouse gratefully acknowledges the support of the 20th Biennale of Sydney in bringing Philipp Gehmacher, Adrian Heathfield, Adam Linder and Chyrsa Parkinson to Australia. Philipp Gehmacher and Chyrsa Parkinson are part of ghost telephone, a one-month-long chain performance curated by Adrian Heathfield for the 20th Biennale of Sydney, opening 18 March 2016 at venues throughout Sydney.

Dancehouse would like to warmly thank Phillip Keir and the Keir Foundation, Stephanie Rosenthal and Jenny Kinder for making this public program possible.

The 2016 Keir Choreographic Award is presented by Dancehouse, Carriageworks and the Keir Foundation, with support from the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.