concept & choreography
Clara Cornil, Philipp Gehmacher, Rémy Héritier, David Subal
Antony and the Johnsons, soundtrack from "Gerry" (directed by Gus van Sant) and "Woman under the influence" (directed by John Cassavetes)
Philipp Gehmacher/Mumbling Fish
Tanzquartier Wien, Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Kaaitheater Brüssel, Les Subsistances Lyon
Incubator is the effect of 12-months of research work, stretched between four countries done by Austrian choreographer Philip Gechmacher together with his dancers in the 2004/2005 season. The spectacle for four performers takes up the broad subject of communication. It especially focuses on the power of a single gesture, touch and the simplest interpersonal interaction.
The main problem touched upon in "Incubator" is, for me, the question about how the physical/bodily communication corresponds to the understanding of language, songs and other ready-made products of our culture.
Philipp Gehmacher (1975) comes from Salzburg. He graduated from London Contemporary Dance School (1996). After ten years in London, Gehmacher, works back in Vienna (since 2003) and is acknowledged as the most interesting Austrian choreographer of the young generation. He has created a number of renowned choreographies (also in collaboration with the stars of international dance). The 2004/2005 season and his work on the Incubator project, which was created in four stages (in Vienna, Berlin, Kaaitheater in Brussels and in Les Subsistances in Lyon), were the breaking points in his career. During all the four stages, the subsequent, unique versions of the developing project were presented. In 2007, the premieres of two spectacles created by him were held: the Like There's No Tomorrow trio and the Maybe Forever duet (created with Meg Stuart).
In 2002, Gehmacher was granted the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award and the prestigious Jerwood Choreography Award. Also in 2002, he became a resident of Dietheater (Vienna), as well as Tanzquartier (Vienna) in the 2003/2004 season. In 2006, he published Incubator (a book created by Philipp Gehmacher, Angela Glechner and a dramatist Petera Stamera).