Philipp Gehmacher

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Born in Salzburg, Philipp Gehmacher is a choreographer, dancer, performer and visual artist. He lives and works in Vienna. Philipp Gehmacher trained at the Contemporary Dance School and at Laban Centre London, where he also created his first choreographies. In 2001, the duet good enough was presented at the inauguration of Tanzquartier Wien. 2007 marked the beginning of his collaboration with choreographer Meg Stuart; their jointly created piece MAYBE FOREVER (2007) was invited to over 40 festivals worldwide. In 2008, he began his collaboration with visual artist Vladimir Miller, resulting e.g. in the video installation dead reckoning. The format walk+talk, where choreographers discuss movement while in movement, was organised for the first time in 2008 at Tanzquartier Wien and has since been realised with local artists in five more European cities. At the Vienna Burgtheater, Philipp Gehmacher curated SAY SOMETHING: Six Speech Acts: Five artists representing different generations and disciplines – dance, theatre, performance – were invited to examine the experiment of speech through speaking. Site-specific works, walkable installations and performances, such as my shapes, your words, their grey, were presented at festivals and museums all over Europe. From 2014 to 2019, Philipp Gehmacher participated in the Sculpture and Space programme at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

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