VOLKSBÜHNE
Berlin
ASSEMBLE:
Artist and choreographer Manuel Pelmuş
in conversation with Prof. Sandra Noeth (HZT)
29.01.

Discourse
English

Doors open at 6 pm
Tickets: 5 / 3 €

For the first event in the series, curator and researcherSandra Noeth (HZT) speaks to Romanian artist and choreographer Manuel Pelmuş. In his recent ongoing action for ASSEMBLE at the Kunstverein am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Pelmuş addressed questions of togetherness. Starting from the revolutionary practices of Rosa Luxemburg and Mary Wigman, he questioned how to act together by embodying the gesture and postures of others virtually, imaginarily and physically. This insistence to engage in something collective – despite various temporal, spatial, social and political dispersion, fragmentation and intrusion – proposes a body-based idea of resilience. Pelmuş explores this idea in dialogue with Prof. Sandra Noeth, discussing an embodied notion of agency that is not directed against something, resisting or protesting, but rather relies on a collective process of learning, with bodies at its core.

Manuel Pelmuş is an artist and choreographer based in Oslo and Bucharest. His work employs dance and movement to address structures of the art world: collections, museums, and their role in cementing memory and identity. He often works site-specifically, relating his „ongoing movements,“ as he terms them, to the setting and history of the space and city they are being shown in. Trained in classical dance and having toured with the Romanian national opera and the Hamburg opera, he skillfully creates environments for his live works to be seen in, combining elements from dance, dramaturgy and visual arts.

Sandra Noeth is a Professor at the HZT – Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin and has been internationally active as a curator and dramaturge in independent and institutional contexts. Noeth specializes in ethical and political perspectives toward body-practice and theory and dramaturgy in body-centered performing arts. As Head of Dramaturgy and Research at Tanzquartier Wien (2009-2014), she developed a series of projects on concepts and practices of responsibility, religion, integrity and protest in relation to the body. She is also a senior lecturer at DOCH/Stockholm University of the Arts and was a resident professor at ashkal alwan, Beirut (2015-16).

The event is kindly supported by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway.


ASSEMBLE
The performance series ASSEMBLE commissions new live artwork for cultural institutions throughout Berlin. ASSEMBLE was founded in 2017 by Adela Yawitz and Anna Gien and is led by an inquiry into art institutions as public spaces. Its monthly program proposes public, open gatherings in art spaces, and invites artists interested in the potentialities of crowds or assemblies, and their political significance. ASSEMBLE looks at the conditions in which some bodies become visible in public, while others are hidden, exposed or discounted; how groups form and disperse; and moments of interdependence amongst bodies in a hyper-individualized environment. Over the course of the series, the performances suggest forms of public gatherings, resistance, or identities; and consider possibilities of action in public, private, and institutional spaces.

ASSEMBLE’s series for Grüner Salon runs parallel to the public performances and addresses its main questions through conversation and reflection. It invites participating artists to expand on their work; leading academics and practitioners to speak on the public sphere; and exciting perspectives on the online public sphere, Queer and feminized spaces, and Berlin-specific public space.

ASSEMBLE’s 2019 performance program launches on May 3rd at Kunstquartier Bethanien with a new production by Raimund Hoghe.

ASSEMBLE is funded by the Capital Cultural Funds, Berlin.

media

Isabelle Schad, Pieces and Elements, 2018. Performance at Berlinischen Galerie within ASSEMBLE. Photo: Frank Sperling

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