Philipp Gehmacher

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Biography

Born in Salzburg, Philipp Gehmacher is a choreographer, dancer, performer and visual artist. He lives and works in Vienna. He trained at the Contemporary Dance School and the Laban Centre London, where he also created his first choreographies. In 2001, his 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. His collaboration with visual artist Vladimir Miller began in 2008, resulting in, among others, the video installation dead reckoning. The walk+talk format, where choreographers discuss movement while in movement, was organised for the first time in 2008 at Tanzquartier Wien and has since been staged in five other European cities, featuring local artists. At Vienna’s Burgtheater, Philipp Gehmacher curated SAY SOMETHING: Six Speech Acts, in which five artists representing different generations and disciplines – dance, theatre, performance – were invited to explore the experiment of speech through speaking. Site-specific works, walk-in installations and performances, such as my shapes, your words, their grey, Die Dinge der Welt and It is a balancing act to live without your attention were presented at festivals and museums in Austria and all over Europe. 2020 saw the production of the two parts of In Its Entirety, a series of works featuring different media. Part 1 premiered in Vienna in a performance with Alex Franz Zehetbauer on 12.-Februar-Platz. Part 2, a solo by Philipp Gehmacher, was rehearsed on the stage of Le Studio, Film und Bühne. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, it was also filmed at that location, along with Part 1, as In Its Entirety (a video piece in two parts) and presented online in January 2021. From 2014 to 2019, Philipp Gehmacher participated in the Sculpture and Space programme at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. He currently teaches at a number of universities and dance schools.

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