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Grace Schwindt: Knockout
12.04.
Grüner Salon

Performance
German and English

“Knockout” is the newest iteration of Grace Schwindt’s performance, developed specifically for the Grüner Salon from the earlier piece “The Boxer,” which was commissioned by David Roberts Foundation in London. “Knockout” features the figures of a story-teller, a drummer and a singer. The piece’s text focuses on the body as a site of training, discipline and standardized appearance, and deviations from this model. In previous performances, Schwindt connected such bodily experiences with those of dancers and performers caring for their bodies after an injury or trauma. In this performance, the storyteller’s experiences are detached from their specific history and interspersed with questioning and musical responses by the drummer and the singer. The interrelations between the three figures and the fluidity of their storytelling raise questions about subjectivity and memory, especially as related to physical trauma. The three figures exchange perspectives and narratives, which flow between them without clear boundaries between the characters. Furthermore, their bodies are echoed in various surfaces, on a screen and in the costumes arranged in the space; although the physical activities they perform and speak of are powerful gestures, their bodily presence is fragile and tentative.

Grace Schwindt is a German artist based in London and Amsterdam. Her artistic practice is focused on performance and film as well as sculptures and drawings. Many of her works explore aspects of historical events with an emphasis on social relations. It is however never obvious where she draws the line between fiction and non-fiction. She aims to clear institutionalized spaces from meaning and to deconstruct narrative structures, while acknowledging that spaces will always stay loaded with given connotations. Schwindt’s film “Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society” has toured from Eastside Project in Birmingham to Badischer Kunstverein in Karlsruhe, The Showroom in London and Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver, among others. She has shown exhibitions, performances and films worldwide, including at Argos, Brussels; Moving/Image at Arko Art Centre, Seoul; Museum M, Leuven; Block Universe festival, London and the 14th Istanbul Biennale.

With:
Percussion: Maria Schneider
Voice: Inbal Hever
Storyteller: Camille Rearden

Maria Schneider is an independent percussionist. Growing up in a family of musicians, she studied classical percussion along with her two sisters. She continued her music studies at the Hans Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin, where she studied percussion under Edgar Guggeis, Franz Schindlbeck, Rainer Seegers, Li Biao and Sanja Fister. Since 2013 she has been a fixed member of the Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra, and regularly plays with other orchesters, ensembles and bands. She has played, among others, at the Proms in London, the Roskilde Festival, and alongside great musicians such as Hermeto Pascoal, Iva Bittova und Benny Greb. She is also a pianist and has played in musical theater productions at the Schaubühne and the Maxim Gorki Theater.

Inbal Hever is a Mezzo Soprano, whose repertoire ranges from Baroque to Contemporary Classical music. A graduate of the Buchman-Mehta Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Hever has performed as a soloist in Israel, Europe and the US, and has worked with Reinbert de Leeuw, Jos van Veldhoven, Elisabeth Wallfisch, Asko-Schönberg Ensemble and the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, among others. Most recently she premiered and recorded Chaya Czernowin’s Adiantum Capillus-Veneris, for Deutschlandfunk. She divides her life between New York and Berlin.

Image: Grace Schwindt, The Boxer, 2018. An Evening of Performances. Photo: Christa Holka

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