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»Power to Whom – Crowds and Power«

Bogomir Doringer, Dr. Friederike Landau, Sarah Ulrich, Chiara Baldini, Susanne Scheerer, Billy Bultheel, Roel Wouters
CYNETART Festival | Sat, 13th Oct 2018 | 3 pm - 8 pm
Festspielhaus Hellerau in Dresden
5/3 € or day ticket or festival pass


As part of the guts company forum "Power to Whom - Crowds and Power", interdisciplinary artists and activists such as Bogomir Doringer, Sarah Ulrich and Chiara Baldini will examine the role of the contemporary collective and individual body in the socio-political environment.

I »[Counter]Power – who, how and how many?« Dr. Friederike Landau

II »I Dance Alone« Bogomir Doringer

III »Oneness at the dawn of individuality: A journey through the cults of Dionysus and Cybele between Ancient Greece and Rome« Chiara Baldini

IV »The empowering potential of the female body in a clubcultural context« Sarah Ulrich

V »The role of sound for crowd organisation« Billy Bultheel

VI »Attributes of the crowd« Roel Wouters

VII »Assembling bodies – the possibility to reshape power distribution in our society« Susanne Scheerer


read the web site version: www.cynetart.org

I
»[Counter]Power – who, how and how many?«
Dr. Friederike Landau

In her keynote speech, [Counter]Power – who, how and how many?, Dr. Friederike Landau (born 1989), urban sociologist and political philosopher based in Berlin, explores the question how hegemonic forms of meaning, power and ‘truth’ emerge and how they can be dissolved. In the quest for the origins of ‘the’ power, Friederike encounters the lack of a final reason or ground of power, hence, revealing its constitutive lack of any definitive justification. In other words, power emerges from a radical nothing, or negativity, and is always contingent and not necessary. Power owes us an explanation for its own existence. This dethroning of ‘the’ power does not only direct our attention to the temporary and reversible position of any kind of power, but also evokes new places, actors and practices of [counter]power that reproduce in constant efforts to explain their own existence.

II
»I Dance Alone«
Bogomir Doringer

As a starting point, the forum “Crowds and Power” takes the ongoing research project ‘I Dance Alone’ by Serbian Dutch, PhD Artistic Research candidate Bogomir Doringer (University of Applied Arts Vienna). In 2014 he started filming various clubs from a bird’s-eye view, aiming to document variations of collective and individual choreographies worldwide. His project insists on two different forms of dancing: that of urgency and that of entertainment. Functions of dance can be social, ceremonial, erotic, liturgical, competitive, martial -- and to that Dorringer adds: political. For instance in countries where the social system has failed and cultural institutions are missing, clubs act as a gathering hub where a “collective body can be formed, moving, educating, and at times manipulating young people.’’ Dancefloors trigger social interactions - potentially political even becoming a form of activism - that could be applied to the outside world.

III
»Oneness at the dawn of individuality: A journey through the cults of Dionysus and Cybele between Ancient Greece and Rome«
Chiara Baldini

More than two thousand years ago, a series of cults were spreading across Greece and the whole ancient world, mingling prehistoric ecstatic practices with the newly born philosophical discourse. These cults, known as the Mystery Religions, brought a much-needed wave of fresh air to those who could not find any real spiritual meaning in the Olympian religion. They also triggered a new religious and cultural movement able to join people from different origins beyond the ancient tribal sense of belonging, reconnect them with the ecstatic dimension of spirituality while providing the continuation of the prehistoric cult of Mother Nature.

In this presentation we will follow the cults of Dionysus and Cybele along their evolutionary trajectory, we will explore the spiritual outcomes of ecstatic group practices, investigate gender roles within worship and the reaction of the political institutions.

IV
»The empowering potential of the female body in a clubcultural context«
Sarah Ulrich

The female body is back. It is back as the subject of a debate, that, following Judith Butlers 'Gender Trouble', has long been influenced by the theoretical deconstruction of bodies. However, more and more women rediscover their female body and sexuality as an instrument of self-empowerment. The body materialises itself more and more as a subjective re-appropriation, especially in the context of club culture. The club and the heterogenous crowd coming together there provide the chance for a space of subversion, of breaking hierarchies and of empowerment. But this is not necessarily how they are. What does a modern club culture in which the practices of female empowerment can be embodied look like? What makes the crowd in club culture a ‘space’ where female bodies can redefine, experiment with and emphasise their subjectivity and sexuality?

V
»The role of sound for crowd organisation«
Billy Bultheel

For the conference at CYNETART he will talk about the influence of sound on crowd formation and organisation. Starting with his practice of composition for performance spaces, that starts by creating a sonic geography that functions as a catalysts for movement and performance, continuing into the crowd formations of the visitors that gathered at the Venetian Pavilion to see the performance of Faust. The relation between the visiting crowd and the performance will be analysed as a counterpoint.

VII
»Assembling bodies – the possibility to reshape power distribution in our society«
Susanne Scheerer

This format sets out to investigate the power of seeing and being seen: Invisible bodies cannot be taken into consideration of societal process and progress because they are not seen by executive powers and decision makers. Hence the invisibility of marginalized identities and counter cultures are congruent with a lack of power. While the blind spots privilege creates are often times a manifestation of it. Both visibility and privilege are aspects of power execution and the same obstacle – restricted vision.

Following that predicament, the lecture performance will debate power shifts by unveiling individual privileges and how they make us blind, as well as making identity markers visible, which contradict dominant culture.

Together we will take a look at assembling bodies and how becoming visible means stepping into your own power.

The Forum is developed by the guts company in cooperation with Bogomir Doringer and CYNETART Festival/ Trans-Media-Akademie Hellerau e.V. Funded by the Landeshauptstadt Dresden - Amt für Kultur und Denkmalschutz.

Graphic Design: Teresa Schönherr

Unit

In the course of our project Das Fremde 2016/17 we realised, in cooperation with the young Dresden company intolight, a mobile room for dance experience which invites people of all ages to have their own little dance experience.

In the 3x3m box you will be able to choose in between four scenarios. Lead by instructions you can interactively explore sound, visual and body through movement. It is an overall aesthetic experience to open up new thought processes towards the strange.

Now you can experience it again!

Scheune Schaubuden Sommer!

Come by and move!


Conception: the guts company
Realisation: intolight
Visuals+Programming: André Viergutz
Sound: Steve Kasper
Consultant: Thomas Dumke
Organization: Heike Zadow



Photo: intolight


The UNIT was funded by the Federal Cultural Foundation/ Doppelpass Fund, Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen, Landeshauptstadt Dresden - Amt für Kultur und Denkmalschutz and Kulturstiftung Dresden der Dresdner Bank.



Das eigene heimat

the guts company

PRESSE RELEASE

Delightly the guts company received the announcement to be awarded this year´s Ursula-Cain-Advancement Award 2017, which includes prize money of 5.000,00€. For their production Das Eigene / HEIMAT, premiered April 21st 2016 at Societaetstheater Dresden, the company brought together various players of Dresden´s cultural scene and approached the subject of homelessness as well as belongingness by the means of dance and music.
Deer antlers, Black Forest Cake, prefabricated buildings, leather pants, whole-grain bread. Typical German or just a lot of prejudice? Is the young generation of our country - globally linked, multicultural, cosmopolitan - still able to identify with traditions and customs of their homeland?
Is the term “homeland” up for a new definition in our present times? The Dresden-based choreographer Johanna Roggan shifts through different layers and meanings of the concept of homeland and the loss of one's traditions. She dwells on German prejudice and in collaboration with the dancers Simone Detig, Anna Fingerhuth, Cindy Hammer, Jule Oeft and Romy Schwarzer and the choir Dresdner Gnadenchor these stereotypes will be thrown overboard. They come to the conclusion that the concept of homeland remains an utopia, a mere memory and longing for far-off places as their home is found somewhere in exile.

The Ursula-Cain-Advancement Award is awarded every two years and the guts company is gladdened that the innovation and artistic work of the company is honored and supported. To be nominated as award winner encourages the company´s intention to keep up working in Saxony and to enrich Saxony´s dance scene with new creations.

More information: www.tanzpreis-sachsen.de

Photo: Lutz Michen


Unit

In the course of our second Doppelpass project Das Fremde we are going to realise, in cooperation with the young Dresden company intolight, a mobile room for dance experience which invites people of all ages to have their own little dance experience.

In the 3x3m box you will be able to choose in between four scenarios. Lead by instructions you can interactively explore sound, visual and body through movement. It is an overall aesthetic experience to open up new thought processes towards the strange.

Opening: January 25th 2017, 17:00 at Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden

Afterwards the UNIT is open everyday from 10:00 - 18:00 (besides on Mondays).
Come by and move!


Conception: the guts company
Realisation: intolight
Visuals+Programming: André Viergutz
Sound: Steve Kasper
Consultant: Thomas Dumke
Organization: Heike Zadow



Photo: intolight


Die UNIT ist gefördert im Fonds Doppelpass der Kulturstiftung des Bundes, durch die Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen, die Landeshauptstadt Dresden - Amt für Kultur und Denkmalschutz und die Kulturstiftung Dresden der Dresdner Bank.



Tgc calendar

We survived the first rainy snow and now we are full of joy while thinking about the upcoming merry days. As it is a known fact that christmas is the time for caring and therefore sharing, we decided to make your life somewhat easier, more colourful and inspirational.

We met the wonderful Luise Matzat, a Dresden-based artist, who drew unique pictures of our latest production. We combined our creativity and decided to make a calendar featuring her drawings for 2017. You can now order this great christmas gift and make a lot of people quite happy. If ordered by December 20th we guarantee you delivery on time, packed with love.

Send your order via e-mail to: post@thegutscompany.net
The calendar costs 23,00€ (incl. porto) - please mention your address!

To make the most perfect gift, you could also throw in tickets for our next shows of
Das Fremde / ALIENIdentität on January 21st and 22nd at HELLERAU-Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden. But this is just an idea.

We wish you a pleasant and joyful christmas and hope you have a marvellous start in 2017.

Stay tuned, we are looking forward to the next adventures with you!



Picture: Luise Matzat


Kleines symposium

the guts company invites you to dicuss at
HELLERAU - European Center for the Arts Dresden

The strange.
The strange as a construct, a perspective in everyday life.

Another part of our second double bill production* Das Fremde* is focused on a discourse on the topic. We invited three people with different perspectives for presentations and discussions on the topic of the strange and are looking forward to an interested audience.

Lecturers:

Sabrina Dunja Schneider - Literature and Media science:
"Welch´ seltsames und fremdes Selbst!"
(roughly: What strange and alien self!)

Frieder Zimmermann - Musician and Composer:
The strange in audio composition

Dirk Skiba - Philosopher:
Constructions of the strange


Free Entry!

Following the symposium all participants are invited to watch the performance
Clean me •Premiere• of Go Plastic company, 20:00h and Die Anderen // work in progress_LINIE 08 of the guts company, 21:30h.

Das kleine Symposium ist gefördert im Fonds Doppelpass der Kulturstiftung des Bundes, durch die Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen, die Landeshauptstadt Dresden - Amt für Kultur und Denkmalschutz und die Kulturstiftung Dresden der Dresdner Bank.



Audition

AUDITION FÜR NEUPRODUKTION THE GUTS COMPANY


Die Choreografin und künstlerische Leiterin Johanna Roggan von the guts company, sucht eine professionelle Tänzerin mit deutschen Wurzeln. Die Tänzerin sollte eine sehr gute zeitgenössische Technik haben, Improvisations- und Bühnenerfahrung mitbringen. Sicherheit im Umgang mit Sprache auf der Bühne sowie Interesse an kreativen Prozessen sind Voraussetzungen.

the guts company ist eine junge Dresdner Tanz-Company, 2013 gegründet, will sie das Innere, das körperliche und auch emotionale Zentrum der Zuschauer ansprechen. Die damit einhergehende dargestellte Innerlichkeit und Emotionalität auf der Bühne ist die große Stärke und Kraft der Company und ihrer Darsteller.


Unser Projekt Das Eigene / Heimat im Rahmen des Fonds Doppelpass wird von Ende Februar bis Ende April 2016 in Dresden stattfinden:

Das Fremde und das Eigene sind relationale Begriffe. Ohne das Fremde wäre das Eigene nicht denkbar und umgekehrt.
Die Produktion Das Eigene/ Heimat nimmt sich Deutsche Volkstänze und Deutsche Volkslieder zum Gegenstand der Betrachtung von Heimat, von Sich-Auskennen, Gesellschaft in Bewegung und der Frage, mit welchen Mitteln Identität gestiftet wurde und wird. Die Frage nach Heimat ist momentan ein heikles, aufreibendes Thema, nicht nur in Sachsen, nicht nur in Deutschland. Die 5 Tänzerinnen und der 10-köpfige Chor begeben sich, gemeinsam mit der Choreografin Johanna Roggan und einem Musiker in der Erarbeitungsphase von Das Eigene/ Heimat auf die Suche nach persönlichen Heimatbegriffen, nach Liedern, Tänzen und Traditionen, die sie noch heute begleiten oder die sie schon längst hinter sich gelassen haben.

Probenzeitraum: 29.02.2016 - 21.04.2016
Aufführungen: 22.04.2016 - 26.04.2016
Vergütung: Probenpauschale + Aufführungshonorar (Unterkunft wird gestellt)



Weitere Informationen:

www.thegutscompany.net
www.kulturstiftung-des-bundes.de/cms/de/programme/doppelpass/


Bitte schickt Euren CV + Video-Link (in dem ihr eindeutig erkennbar seid)
bis 30.10.2015 an:

bondartschuk@thegutscompany.net (Die Audition erfolgt nur auf Einladung.)

Audition in Dresden // Ort wird noch bekannt gegeben:
28.11.2015 - 11:00 - 18:00 Uhr
29.11.2015 - 11:00 - 18:00 Uhr


Gefördert von der Kulturstiftung des Bundes