Maria Hassabi

Dance / Ballet / Premiere in German-speaking countries


Talk nach der Vorstellung am So 28.09.

Dom im Berg

Production specifics
Erstaufführung im deutschsprachigen Raum

Koproduktion steirischer herbst, The Kitchen, Performa as part of Performa 13, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Kaaitheater & Dance4

Mit Unterstützung durch Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Program

Gefördert durch MAP Fund, Jerome Foundation, LMCC Manhattan Community Arts Fund & Mertz Gilmore Foundation’s Late-Stage Production Stipends

Residenzen bei Kaaitheater, Pa-f & Mount Tremper

Kopräsentation NXTSTP, unterstützt

durch das Kulturprogramm der Europäischen Union

When the curtain rises for the premiere, five performers – immersed in bright, white light – will appear with the aim of rediscovering slowness. In recent years, the Cyprus-born and New-York based choreographer and performer Maria Hassabi has focused on the relationship between the body and its representation in images. Emphasising the sculptural qualities of corporeality and a relentless expansion of time, “Premiere” almost assumes the form of a tableau vivant, constantly changing – thus holding very unusual moments of surprise in store.

What is expected of a premiere, the first meeting of work and audience? For Hassabi, the creative act is only turned into an artwork by the expectations of visitors. She plays with this aspect when she asks the audience’s full concentration for the incredibly slow and yet complex, parallel solos of the performers – it is the attention of the guests to the premiere that lends force to the event.

“Premiere” is not just a meditation on change and a game of expectations, but also a confrontation of privacy and publicness, fragility and prestige, process and product. The fact that Maria Hassabi took part in the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013 underscores the entrenchment and significance of her works in the context of visual art.

Tänzerin / Tänzer: Maria Hassabi
Tänzerin / Tänzer: Biba Bell
Tänzerin / Tänzer: Hristoula Harakas
Tänzerin / Tänzer: Robert Steijn
Tänzerin / Tänzer: Scott Lyall
Bühnenbild, Ausstattung, Raumgestaltung: threeASFOUR
Lichtregie: Zack Tinkelman
Lichtregie: Maria Hassabi
Tondesign / Sound: Alex Waterman
Dramaturgie: Scott Lyall
Konzept / Idee: Maria Hassabi