Writing Acts

Ein kollaboratives Schreib- und Performanceprojekt




Theater im Bahnhof

Production specifics
Koproduktion steirischer herbst & uniT

Das Projekt von EMT & John Birke ist eine Koproduktion mit dem

Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt

Again and again, particularly in the history of steirischer herbst, literature has been influenced by other arts, by performance, visual art, music. In collaborations, artists working in various media take part in the dissolving of the classical concept of oeuvre.

In recent years, this mutual intercommunication seems to have stalled: many authors have taken refuge behind their desks, literary impulses have lost their meaning for other art forms.

At the same time, the relationship between performance and literature has remained in continual change: performers who write themselves, performing writers, performative writing and the performance itself as text. What role, then, does the author play these days if everyone is their own author anyway and the concepts of 'text' and 'author', as regarded by cultural sciences, mean everything and nothing? The relations between the media are constantly in need of reassessment.

For this reason, this endeavour drew writers, stage directors, composers, performers and visual artists into a mutually influenced research and production project. In the course of several work meetings, positions were taken and discussed, the function of text in performative processes was examined and its alteration through translation into images and sound was questioned. The focus was on possibilities of collaboration, of joint authorship, and the productive, necessary demarcation of the individual media.

The preliminary results of these meetings will be presented as performances and installations at steirischer herbst and later supplemented by a documentation.

Autorin / Autor, Text: Robert Wölfl
Regie: Claudia Bosse
Autorin / Autor, Text: Monika Rinck
Regie: David Weber-Krebs
Bühnenbild, Ausstattung, Raumgestaltung: Alexander Schellow
Autorin / Autor, Text: John Birke
Theatergruppe / Tanzkompanie: EMT
Autorin / Autor, Text: Bernardette Schiefer
Theatergruppe / Tanzkompanie: LIGNA
Künstlerische Leitung: Edith Draxl
Künstlerische Leitung: Haiko Pfost