Wednesday, February 18, 2015

2015 / news

Although the Lake in Millstatt lies surrounded by the quiet stillness of snow, the büro für tanz | theater | produktionen Team is still hard at work, and their plans for 2015 have already been set in action.
Thanks to the Austrian Bundesforste, there are now new windows and a new heating system in the Stift!  That means frosty weather will no longer hinder winter rehearsals.
Performance & Project News
  • wozzeck_woyzeck_reloadedNETZWERK AKS will be performingwozzeck_woyzeck_reloaded at thetanzimpulse festival in Salzburg this March!
  • Bora Kim, who presented the Austrian premiere of her solo A long talk to oneself at LIGHT ON – LIGHT OFF N°7 in September, has been invited to present this work and an additional piece in Ljublijana, Slowenia on 19. February at the Spanski Borci Cultural Center , and on the 20. February at ATP Novo Mesto during the biennial Gibanica Contemporary Dance Festival.  Look for AKS’s photos and impressions of the festival here soon!
  • In response to growing demand, FORUM KUNST will now offer at least one dance workshop or master class per month.  As the first invited guest teacher of this initiative, Leonie Humitsch will offer creative dance classes for children and contemporary dance for adults in March.  For more information, please contact:
  • AKS | SEOUL SECTION will soon record another “Approach” of Inspired by RYO JU (The Hunting Gun).
Sei Sung & Sebastian Lemke at work on RYO JU in Stift Millstatt.  Photo by Yeon Woo.That’s all for now!  But here is a little preview of the upcoming entry:  NETZWERK AKS member Aureliusz Rys will share exerpts from his masters thesis on the image of men in dance.  Here a few words to pique your curiosity:
“In many circles of society dancing is still regarded as an improper career for a man.  Many cultural theorists claim that dislike toward male dancers is strongly connected with the crisis of masculinity which can be tracked to the beginnings of the twentieth century.  The role of men in society became diminished and a man dancing on stage was not an image that could help restore this role.
“Why is a male dancer still burdened with the charge of effeminacy today?  How is the danicng male body perceived?  The subject of this thesis is to provide a discourse about the meaning and position of a male body in society.  I am going to write about a male dancer – how his role was changing in different periods of time and why it was changing.  I will present the historical perspective in order to reveal its connection with the position of dancing men and representations of masculinity in contemporary environment.  I will also discuss the variety of choreographic methods and ways of dealing with a male body and ideas of masculinity in dance works.”