“BODIES in DANGER? HETEROTOPIAS AS SALVATION?”
After an extremely successful start of „Odeon Tanz I- Hoch Hinaus“ in January and February
2010 the preparations for the Second Viennese Dance Festival “OdeonTanz II- Körper in
Gefahr?” ("OdeonDance II: Bodies in Danger? - Heterotopias as Salvation?") from the 4.th to the
12.th of December 2010 at the Odeon Theatre, Taborstraße 10, in A-1020 Vienna are under way.
Borne by multifarious cooperations, initiated by the Odeon Theatre and promoted by the City of
Vienna, that supports here (at the Odeon Theatre) another venue for contemporary dance in
Vienna, sponsored by the Province of Oberösterreich and the Bundesministerium für Unterricht,
Kunst und Kultur (the Federal Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture), by the Company off
Verticality/ (C.O.V.), the Feldkirch Festival and others, a platform integrating the Viennese dance
community and dancers working in Austria, as well as international perceptions will be
OdeonTanz explicitly welcomes, together with the establishment of a venue for contemporary
dance in Vienna and Austria, the diversity of nations with dancers from Austria, France, Poland,
Columbia, China, Germany and others or, as dance theorist and choreographer Jan Georges
Noverre, whose 200th day of death is celebrated in 2010, put it:
“All men having the same passions, differ only in proportion to their sensibilities; they
affect with more or less force all men, and mainfest themselves outwardly with more or
less vehemence and impetuosity.”
(Noverre: Letters on Dancing and Ballets, Alton Dance Books 2004:13)
The continuity of these ideas can be followed for the start within the next two years. For 2010
two festivals are planned, as are for 2011.
OdeonTanz presents dance - full length pieces and performances - that are either explicitly
dedicated to the links between dance and text or emphasize the dynamics and transformations
between literary texts, space, body and dance, while not limiting the body as a mechanism, but
rather connecting it to the texture of its environment and the situation it is situated in order to
make ranges tangible which are existing beneath word, body and space.
Nikolaus Adler and the Viennese Company “homunculus” (direction: Nikolaus Selimov/ artistic
direction: Manfred Aichinger) will be the prelude to the Festival OdeonTanz II with their
performance of the International premiere of their dance piece “Jennifer oder Die Rückkehr der
Wilis” on the 4th and 5th of December 2010 at 8 p.m.
” It was in 1842, when the girl Giselle, deceived by men, died from a broken heart.
She returned as a an undead, as one of many. Their trace was gory and dance was their tool of
revenge. They were called “Les Wilis”. Nowadays, in 2010, the old stories are long-forgotten
and there´s no space for women floating in the moonlight. Solely a little aside in a forest, next to
the cemetery, there´s a little pub as a reminder of the past. The women operating this
establishement are sharing a secret. The pubs name is “Les Wilis”. The sequel to “Giselle” is
“Jennifer”: faster, louder, harder!” (Nikolaus Adler)
On Tuesday the 7th and Wednesday the 8th of December OdeonTanz II will be presenting the trio-
performance “In Case Of Loss” by Georg Blaschke starting after the world premiere of
"Aufforderungen zum Tanz-Walzer" ("Invitations to Dance-Waltzes") .Their term of reference-
the architectural test assembly of three bodys-
“leads to partly structured, partly unpredictable rearrangements in the choreographic space. By
this an area of tension of corporal interactions is created, which establishes itself at the
threshold of dance and installation.” (Georg Blaschke)
“Die Luft zerbricht-eine Tanzsuite”. That's the title under which the latest production of CIE.OFF
VERTICALITY/C.O.V. in cooperation with OdeonTanz, choreography Rose Breuss, will be
presented on Friday the 10th and Saturday the 11th of December at 8 pm.
Rose Breuss took care of a topic, that is ancient as well as exceedingly contemporary.
“Air is the space of dance, old dance pieces and the space of contemporary high-tech
communication (...) the contemporary airspace seems to be containing the worlds “cultural
memory” in a technological, communicative, informative and wildly non-reflective kind of way. It
is where choreography originates- the air is fracturing. It deals with breakages, altered
perceptions and perspectives.” Rose Breuss
In times of virtual communication structures an external data storage, were the relationship to the
body has been modified drastically by altered communication conditions OdeonTanz constructs
identity through memory (Jan Assmann). Dance is an important part of the cultural here-and-now
as well as of the past and the future.
With Mark Franko, dancer, choreographer and professor for Dance and Performance Studies at
the University of California, Santa Cruz, we -in cooperation with the University of Salzburg- are
joined by one of the most important American theorists of contemporary and historical dance.
His works including “Dancing Modernism”, “Performing Politics”, “Dance as Text” and others
are an important foundation for the debate on cultural memory.
Mark Franko will be giving a performance lecture on the topic of “Gestures in Dance” on
Sunday, the 5th of December at 6 p.m.
A Round Table Talk, the “Wiener Tanzgespräch", on Tuesday, 7th of December, at 5-6.15 p.m.,
on “Körper in Gefahr? Kontexte professioneller Tanzausbildung in Österreich” ("Bodies in
Danger? Contexts of Professional Dance Education in Austria") promises to be exciting as
Simona Noja, the new head of the “Ballettschule der Staatsoper Wien”, Nikolaus Selimov, head
of the “Ballettschule am Konservatorium Wien”, representatives of ötisch, an initiative of
Austrian Dance experts who are striving to put dance as a topic into school education, Rose
Breuss, IDA, Institute of Dance Arts at Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität, Linz and Dafne Maes,
a young dance expert from Brussels, are expected to join the discussion.
This Wiener Tanzgespräch is dedicated to the conditions of professional Austrian dance
education, but will also cast a glance at neighbouring European countries.
After the success of their first lecture at OdeonTanz in January/February 2010 Rainer Krenstetter,
former dancer of the “Wiener Staatsopernballett”, then of the “Ballett der Staatsoper Unter den
Linden”, Berlin, since 2004 soloist at the “Staatsballett Berlin” and Claudia Jeschke, professor at
the University of Salzburg, will present another unusual collaboration called “Aufforderungen
zum Tanz- Walzer” on Tuesday, the 7th and Wednesday, the 8th at 8 p.m.
“Körper in Gefahr- Heterotopien als Rettung?” (Bodies in Danger?-Heterotopias as Salvation?")
goes the question posed by choreographers, scientists, dancers and the team around curator and
choreographer Rose Breuss.
Premieres, workshops, repertories, introductions for the public and school classes, movies,
discussions, a Round Table about current topics in Austrian dance, alongside performances will
place a focus on current and historical heterotopias, which as daily life faces an increasing
digitalization challenge questioning as well as one's own positioning.
For questions and further informations the team will be glad to assist.
email@example.com or www.odeontanz.at
We are looking forward to your curiosity, please join us on our way to the unexpected, because:
“A maîre de ballet, then ought to explore everything, to examine all, since everything that
exists in the universe can serve him as a model.”
(Noverre, Letter Vi:a.a.O.:38)
(translation of the text : Xenia Schürmann)