Las Meninas (2016)

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In stepping through the mirror, the spectators, having become actors, find themselves confronted with the inversion of the rules of the game. Like their original – Velázquez’s famous painting from 1656 –  Las Meninas (The Maids of Honour) call the prevailing conventions into question. The dimensions of the real, the imagined, the virtual and the visible all centre on the question: Who is observing whom?

A tragic-comic role play that subverts the spatial dispositif of performance as much as scenic arrangements inasmuch as the body becomes the site of all conflicts. Filmed, cut, fragmented, the body appears as an accumulation of details that never manages to become a whole. And what if the obvious deconstruction in Las Meninas was a form to call the model itself into question?


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CONCEPT / CHOREOGRAPHY: Elisabeth B. Tambwe

DANCE / PERFORMANCE: Elisabeth Tambwe and Guest

DRAMATURGY: Johannes Maile

SZENOGRAPHY: Grégory Crapet

LIGHT: Martin Schwab

VIDEO / SOUNDDESIGN: Nicolas Spencer

TECHNICAL ASSISTANT AND VIDEO MAPPING: Eduardo Triviño

GUEST PERFORMER: Adriana Cubides, Sebastian Gec, Gregory Crapet, Pierre E. Finzi

MOVEMENT RESEARCH / THEORY RESEARCH: Adriana Cubides & Benoît Jouan

TEXT: Pierre-Emmanuel Finzi, Benoît Jouan

COSTUME/PHOTO: Stefan Roehrle

MITARBEIT KOSTÜM: Goran Bugaric

CONSULTING CULTURAL MANAGEMENT: Claire Granier

PHOTOS: ©Edith Touré


CO-PRODUCTION:

PRODUCTION: Dig Up Productions

SUPPORTED BY: MA7 Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien, Bundeskanzleramt Kunst/Kultur

CO-PRODUCTION: Tanzquartier Wien.


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Las Meninas (2016)

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Las_Meninas_Elisabeth_Tambwe_0 (11)-min
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Las_Meninas_Elisabeth_Tambwe_0 (13)-min

In stepping through the mirror, the spectators, having become actors, find themselves confronted with the inversion of the rules of the game. Like their original – Velázquez’s famous painting from 1656 –  Las Meninas (The Maids of Honour) call the prevailing conventions into question. The dimensions of the real, the imagined, the virtual and the visible all centre on the question: Who is observing whom?

A tragic-comic role play that subverts the spatial dispositif of performance as much as scenic arrangements inasmuch as the body becomes the site of all conflicts. Filmed, cut, fragmented, the body appears as an accumulation of details that never manages to become a whole. And what if the obvious deconstruction in Las Meninas was a form to call the model itself into question?

Distribution

Concept/Choreography: Elisabeth B. Tambwe
Dance/performance: Elisabeth Tambwe and Guest
Dramaturgy: Johannes Maile
Szenography: Grégory Crapet
Light: Martin Schwab
Video/Sounddesign: Nicolas Spencer
Technical assistant and video mapping: Eduardo Triviño
Guest performer: Adriana Cubides, Sebastian Gec, Gregory Crapet, Pierre E. Finzi
Movement research/Theory research: Adriana Cubides & Benoît Jouan
Text: Pierre-Emmanuel Finzi, Benoît Jouan
Costume/Photo: Stefan Roehrle
Costume assistant: Goran Bugaric
Consulting cultural management: Claire Granier
Photos: ©Edith Touré

Production

Production: Dig Up Productions

Supported by: MA7 Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien, Bundeskanzleramt Kunst/Kultur

Coproduction: Tanzquartier Wien.

Foto Stefan Roehrle

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Dates and places

19 – 20 Mai 2016, TQW / Studios, Museumsplatz 1, A-1070 Vienna

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