Tino Sehgal’s pivotal solo performance (Untitled) (2000) returns to the stage 18 years after its debut. Etched into the cultural memory as a “museum of dance,” this is the last stage piece that Sehgal created and performed, just before he shifted to the world of visual art and conceived a new artistic form, dubbed “constructed situations”.
Sehgal establishes in the body of the dancer a museum of sorts, where he curates movements quoted from the works of iconic 20th century choreographers. In a complex physical collage, he sets up an invaluable repository that spans the history of Modern dance – from Isadora Duncan, through Pina Bausch, Kurt Jooss to March Cunningham – posing questions found in many of his pieces: Has the obsession with material objects and values come to an end? What would happen if society were centered around the values of dance and choreography?
This is a rare opportunity to revisit a seminal moment that to a large extent symbolizes the turn of the century, and to reflect upon movement values that were introduced in the 20th century, radically changing dance as we know it.
One of the most prolific contemporary artists, Tino Sehgal’s works have been featured in leading museums and art events, such as Venice Biennale (2005), the Guggenheim, Tate Modern, ICA London, and dOCUMENTA 13. Frank Willens, who will perform the solo, has collaborated with Sehgal in This Variation in dOCUMENTA 13, and participated in the works of many choreographers and artists, among them Meg Stuart, Isa Melsheimer, and Boris Charmatz (including in his piece 10000 Gestures, performed at the Festival), to name a few.
Concept and choreography by Tino Sehgal / Interpretation and performance by Frank Willens / Production: Musée de la danse / Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne – Direction: Boris Charmatz
With the support of the Institut français as part of the French Cultural Season
*The show contains nudity
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