Art stations fundation - by Grażyna Kulczyk

23.11.2009 - 27.11.2009
Studio Słodownia +3
Chris Haring / Stephanie Cumming / Liquid Loft Coaching: Choreographic Intensive

Open showing

Friday 27.11 / 19:00 / Studio Słodownia +3 / free admission

The course is based on the question of how we receive performance nowadays. By moving away from theatrical devices we will attempt to look at the body as an abstract form which when put in varying contexts tells its own story. The result is a very interesting with strange and shifted but organic sound movement that influences the body language of the dancers as well as the discourse of choreography.

The goal is not just to become aware of acoustic environments but to also open new creative spaces that influence choreography and dance. In terms of developing interesting ways of expression this research is a step into acoustic virtuality.

The workshop is based on the working method of Liquid Loft company. It starts with a general warming up leading into structured improvisation forms. The focus is then on synchronization of body language and voice asking the participants to perform in our acoustic environment consisting of different speakers placed in space. Finally every participant should be able to perform in his own sound environment. Participants will be also asked to work on movement characters that they bring on stage.

One main aesthetic element in the workshop is the acoustic (or sonic) display of this new hybrid social space. The voice has always been considered the very core of the private self, the main channel through which the interior can invade and address the exterior space. The idea of synchronisation helps to build up different stage characters which should force the flexibility and especially the personality of the dancers.

This choreographic intensive is mostly thought as a master class and has been held for professional dancers, movement- or theater students and choreographers.

Liquid Loft (A)
Liquid Loft is currently considered to be one of the most successful Austrian performance groups on an international scale. Founded in 2005 by choreographer Chris Haring together with musician Andreas Berger, dancer Stephanie Cumming, dramaturgue Thomas Jelinek and concept artist Katherina Zakravsky , Liquid Loft, in their performances and installations, always put contemporary dance in context with other contemporary art forms, thus creating a conclusive piece of art. Their distinct language of metaphors and forms, their special acoustic stage sets and their professional creation of dance has led to wide international recognition, such as the Golden Lion for the Best Performance at the Biennale di Venezia 2007.

Chris Haring (A)
Choreographer, dancer. Worked with international companies such as DV 8 Physical Theatre (London), Nikolais/Luis Dance Cie (USA), man act (GB), Nigel Charnock (GB), with Pilottanzt, Willi Dorner, Tanz*Hotel, a.o. In cooperation with multimedia artist and composer Klaus Obermaier he developed and performed the videodance performances D.A.V.E. and VIVISECTOR which have been successfully shown all over Europe, Asia, USA and Australia (, The production FREMDKOERPER, premiered in Tanzquartier Vienna 2003, is influenced by science fiction films and deals with the human body as a cybernetic landscape (nominated as "best performance" at Biennale de la Danse in Lyon 2004). In 2004 he founded together with Andreas Berger, Thomas Jelinek and Stephanie Cumming and choreographed internationally successful pieces like "Kind of Heroes" (Burgtheater Vienna 5/2005), "My private Bodyshop" (10/2005 Tanzquartier Vienna), "Running Sushi" (6/2006 ImPulstanz). In 2007 the first two productions of the "Posing" series, Posing Project A (The Art of Wow) + Posing Project B (The Art of Seduction), were staged (Tanzquartier Vienna, ImPulsTanz Vienna int. Festival, Biennale di Venezia). Posing Project B (The Art of Seduction) won the Golden Lion at the Biennale di Venezia. Posing Project C (The Art of Garfunkel) completed Trilogy at ImpulsTanz Vienna Int. Festival in 2008. Liquid Loft also created the performance and visualisation for the Austrian Pavillion at the EXPO in Zaragoza 2008.