Editta Braun - Schluss mit kunst / Enough of art

Dance Performance
2012 / 60'

Currently, various global crises superimpose themselves upon each other, making each other worse. Climate change, financial crisis, litter pollution, extinction, starvation here and excess there – catchwords that everybody knows, words that overwhelm us. Reality overwhelms us. Everybody’s in the know, but what should be done? What can we do?
The alternatives are resignation or insurrection. Closing our ears or standing up. Now. Immediately. We no longer have time for indirect messages. The party is over.
And where is there still room for art?
Time is running out. We can no longer send artistically cryptic, prettied-up or outlandish messages that will tire out the audience as it puzzles over them. Maybe art is unnecessary ballast in the resistance against inevitable doom.
Will “Enough of art! – Stop beating around the bush!” be our battle cry?
Or can we use art as a way to empower, to gain a new outlook, to experience the unthinkable and, through surprises and unexpected twists and approaches, train our brains to think and feel differently and thereby maybe (maybe!) develop the creative abilities we need to make survival possible?

The performers clear the stage and make room for plaintext from the Internet, for political analysis and rousing speeches. They feel with body, heart and soul the narratives, arguments and demands, let themselves fall into the paradox of making art in view of global catastrophe and plumb with desperate lust the deepest corners of political art in its broadest sense.  (Editta Braun Company)

Direction and choreography: Editta Braun Co-choreography: Juan Dante Murillo Bobadilla Performers: Tomaž Simatović, Špela Vodeb, Manel Salas Composition: Thierry Zaboitzeff Dramaturgy: Gerda Poschmann-Reichenau Light Design: Thomas Hinterberger Texts by: Kurt Palm, Bernhard Jenny, Christian FelberVisuals: explosive egg, Editta Braun

Organisation: City of Women; In collaboration with: Da