Posing Project B / The Art of Seduction
Chris Haring & Liquid loft
ImpulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival
8, 10 & 11 August 2007
Semper Depot 21:00
Dance and performance:
Luke Baio, Stephanie Cumming, Alexander Gottfarb, Katharina Meves,
Anna Maria Novak
Artistic director and choreography: Chris Haring
Komposition, Sound: Glim (Andreas Berger)
Visual concept: Aldo Giannotti
Dramaturgy: Thomas Jelinek
Theory: Katherina Zakravsky
Video: Michael Loizenbauer
Coproduction: Tanzquartier Wien, ImPulsTanz Vienna International
Dance Festival, La Biennale di Venezia.
Supported by the arts and culture department Vienna and the Austrian
Federal Chancellery (section for art).
How to seduce a world
The Posing Project series tell about the art of being, of impressing,
of seduction and the art of modelling a multilayered body with black
humour and ambidextrous virtuosity into a weird and impressive
Impressive stereotypes are advertised to seduce. In this environment
not the pose by itself but the method of posing is the main focus.
Posing Project investigates the art of innovative profiling and its
direct influence on the recipient. It researches cultural patterns of
communication. In this case the pose is the expression of an attitude
which transports complex denotations in a social context.
Liquid loft is interested in the relationship between contemporary
dance and other contemporary art genres and therefore creates its own
forms of development and improvisation.
The current method of working with acoustic spaces on stage can be
read as individual style of Liquid loft.
A line that establishes or marks a border. An indefinite area intermediate between two qualities or conditions.
Verging on a given quality or condition.
Of a questionable nature or quality.
Relating to any phenomenon that is intermediate between two groups and not clearly categorized in either group. Relating to a condition charactarized by a pattern of instability in mood, interpersonal relations, and self-image, and manifested by self-destructive, impulsive, and inconsistent behavior.
Defining geographic boundaries of political entities or legal jurisdictions, such as governments, states or subnational administrative divisions. Complexly understood as a site at and through which socio-spatial differences are communicated.
Golden Lion for Best Performance at the Venice Biennale:
Chris Haring & Liquid Loft
Posing Project B – The Art of Seduction
artistic direction and choreography: Chris Haring
dramatisation: Thomas Jelinek
theoretical contribution: Katherina Zakravsky
original music and ambiance: Glim (Andreas Berger)
cast: Stephanie Cumming, Katherina Meves, Alexander Gottfarb, Anna Maria Novak, and Luke Baio
visual concept: Aldo Giannotti
video: Michael Loitzenbauer
organisation: Jessika Wyschka, SODAart.at
production: liquid loft, La Biennale di Venezia
with the contribution of Progetto Europeo Cultura 2000 within the danceWEB Europe network
in collaboration with Impulstanz international dancefestival Vienna, Tanzquartier Vienna, MA7 – City of Vienna, arts department Vienna, The Austrian Federal Chancellery
8, 10, 11 August 2007
Semper Depot, 21:00
ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival
The Liquid Loft company, founded by choreographer and dancer Chris Haring together with the artists Andreas Berger, Thomas Jelinek and Stephanie Cumming, garnered awards at the ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna in 2006 for its last creation, Running Sushi, a performance in 12 scenes that the spectator chooses from to compose a new story, exactly like at a running sushi restaurant where every dish is different. The Vienna Festival has since commissioned a work from the company based on the theme of the 5th International Festival of Contemporary Dance and in co-production with La Biennale di Venezia. Thus Posing Project came about, which, as the title suggests, is a project that will be developed over two years and is structured in three phases: The art of wow, presented in Vienna, The art of seduction, making its world premiere in Venice, and The art of self reflection.
â€˜How do you seduce the world?â€™ asks Chris Haring, continuing his reflection on contemporary reality that began with Running sushi, which tackles art and its fruition. Posing Project is an investigation into what today banally and obsessively goes by the name of â€˜imageâ€™, which involves the subject as much as the receiver, and which culminates in the obviousness of its stereotype par excellence: advertising, with all its power of seduction. Concerned not so much with the â€˜poseâ€™ in itself, but the â€˜method of posingâ€™, Chris Haring, the leader of an artistic company consisting of members coming from different fields, such as the musician Andreas Berger and the visual artist Aldo Giannotti, constructs his performance within a sound environment capable of modelling and modifying the dance itself.
Before founding his own group, the Viennese Chris Haring was a dancer with the DV8 Physical Theatre and Nigel Charnock, as well as founding the Grenztanz festival in 1995; he has created two video performances in association with the artist and multimedia composer Klaus Obermaier, D.A.V.E. and Vivisector; Fremdkoerper, inspired by the cybernetic scenarios of science fiction films, won an award at the Tanzquartier Vienna and was nominated best performance of 2004 in Lyons. As Liquid Loftâ€™s choreographer, as well as Running sushi and the new Posing Project, he has also created Kind of Heroes (an award winner at the Burgtheater in Vienna in May 2005) and My Private Bodyshop (an award winner at the Tanzquartier Vienna in October 2005), both presented in Brussels during the Austrian presidency of the EU and at the Tanzplatform 2006.