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Philipp Gehmacher
THE SLOWEST URGENCY
Dance
Dates
04. Jun
Thursday
Time: 9pm
 
05. Jun
Friday
Time: 9pm
 
06. Jun
Saturday
Time: 7pm
 
© Philipp Gehmacher_Lukas Kaufmann
  • Q & A

    5 June, following the performance

It sounds somewhat paradoxical when Philipp Gehmacher calls his new piece The Slowest Urgency. In this title, the internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer and visual artist combines two apparent contradictions. Urgency implies a topicality we find all-consuming. But where does such an urgency come from? How does it manifest and diffuse itself? Does it meet its own needs or is it controlled by external factors? Gehmacher explores this immersion into the here and now and imagines precise observation and restraint as a means of addressing events. For the past 20 years the Viennese artist has pitched his peerless vocabulary of movement mainly in open spaces and museums, so for him these considerations are associated with the concept of the proscenium stage. Do we need to immerse ourselves to be able to recognise something? What do we stand to gain by gazing at the stage? How do we grasp or apprehend? Gehmacher’s signature move – the arms raised in the air like question marks – are testament to these conundrums. For his latest piece the artist delves into his choreographic practice, testing out and sharing his language with a new generation of dancers.

  • Artistic Team

    Choreography, Space, Text Philipp Gehmacher Performance, Text Martin Hansen, Andrew Hardwidge, Andrius Mulokas, Roni Katz Dramaturgy Tom Engels Outside Eye Anne Juren Music, Sound Design Peter Kutin Light Bruno Pocheron Artistic Assistance Susanne Songi Griem Production Management Stephanie Leonhardt

  • Production

    Production Philipp Gehmacher/ Mumbling Fish Coproduction Wiener Festwochen, PACT Zollverein (Essen) With the support of Stadt Wien Kultur, Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur, öffentlichen Dienst und Sport (Austria)

    Premiere 2021

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