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The Valeska Gert Monument

Eszter Salamon with Boglárka Börcsök (DE,HU,FR)

Swiss premiere
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duration : 80' (+ transport)
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hosted in association with ADC Genève

This new work in the Monument series unfolds in a string of performing acts relating to the life and work of Valeska Gert. In the 1920s, the German artist developed an experimental approach to performing arts that combined theatre, dance, cinema and poetry. Her taste for the grotesque and for new representations of the body versus middle-class aesthetics as well as her commitment to issues of gender, race and national identity made her into a radical figure of the avant-garde of her time. Nevertheless, the importance of her role in the history of art, dance and performance, has often been overlooked. Faced with this oversight, The Valeska Gert Monument opens other narrative and temporal configurations, where autobiography replaces the official history of art and imagination makes up for a lack of evidence. Calling on the body, archives and fiction, Eszter Salamon produces a historical counter-story that reactivates energies of the past in the present and opens a new area for privacy and meaning for the future.

conception: Eszter Salamon / artistic collaboration: Boglárka Börcsök /choreography and text : Boglárka Börcsök, Valeska Gert, Eszter Salamon / performance: Boglárka Börcsök, Eszter Salamon / sound design: Bart Aga, Marius Kirch / light and set design: Sylvie Garot / technical direction: Matteo Bambi / costume design: Anne-Catherine Kunz / tailor: Maria Eva Rodriguez, Gisèle Charles / set construction: Atelier de Nanterre-Amandiers / production & organization: Botschaft GbR, Alexandra Wellensiek, Studio E.S, Elodie Perrin / coproduction: Kaaitheater Bruxelles, PACT Zollverein Essen, City of Women Ljubljana, Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers / support: Fondation Boghossian - Villa Empain, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, DRAC - Regional Agency of Cultural Affairs in Paris, The French Ministry of Culture and Communication, Fonds Transfabrik – Franco-German fund for the performing arts. Supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ Coproduction Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

Thanks to : Stefanie Lingener, Herman Sorgeloos, Liza Baliasnaja, Mario Barrantes Espinoza, Nestor Garcia Diaz, Marie Messien, Robin Diehl

biography: Eszter Salamon is an artist and performer who lives and works between Paris, Berlin and Brussels. Since 2001, she has been creating solo and group works that have been presented in performing arts venues and festivals throughout the world including Centre Pompidou, Centre Pompidou Metz, Festival d?Automne, Avignon Festival, Ruhrtriennale, Holland Festival, The Kitchen New York, HAU Berlin, Berlin Documentary Forum, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Kaaitheater Brussels, Tanzquartier Wien, Kampnagel Hamburg, steirischer herbst, Dance Triennale Tokyo, Manchester International Festival, PACT Zollverein, Nanterre-Amandiers, FTA Montreal. She is frequently invited to present her work in museums, including MoMa, Witte de With, Fondation Cartier, Serralves, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Akademie der Künste Berlin, Museo Reina Sofia. Her exhibition Eszter Salamon 1949 was presented in 2015 at Jeu de Paume as part of ›Satellite‹ curated by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez. Eszter Salamon?s work revolves around choreography employed as a means of navigating between different media such as sound, text, voice, image, bodily movements and actions. In 2014, she started a series of works exploring both the notion of monument and the practice of speculating on history making.