For the X(change) micro-festival finale, Zurich-based artists-in-residence Marie-Caroline Hominal, Nils A. Lange, and Ivan Blagajčević premiere gender-questioning installed and staged work at CounterPulse.
(X)change is a collaboration between the sister cities of Zurich, Switzerland, and San Francisco. It is organized and supported by CounterPulse, zürich moves!, swissnex San Francisco, the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco, the City of Zürich Department of Culture, Presence Switzerland, and Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.
Ivan Blagajčević works and lives in Zürich, Switzerland. He studied at the Theatre School in Amsterdam (Bachelor in Dance), and he did a number of workshops in Croatia, Germany, Holland, Spain, and elsewhere. He was named the best dancer in ‘Blue Friday,’ choreographed by Andrea Gotovina (CRO), performed at dance platform in Almada, Portugal, and won a best performance at the danceweek Festival in Zagreb, Croatia. He also worked with Jacqueline Pasanisi (CH) ‘Heads in Bags,’ Andrea Boll (CH) ‘Bollwerk2 and Bollwerk3,’ graduation performance with Francesco Scavetta (IT), Dance Theater performance ‘Tainted’ with Sanja Tropp Frühwald in Croatia, Austria and Poland. He teaches dancers and actors in Poland, Croatia, and Switzerland.
Marie-Caroline Hominal received her dance education at the Schweizerische Ballettberufschule in Zurich and at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London, where she joined the National Youth Dance Company in her last school year. She develops her own work using different media such as dance, text, song writing, music, and video. She produces works under pseudonyms such as MadMoiselle MCH, Silver, Fly Girl. She has collaborated with other artists like François Chaignaud, with whom she created “Duchesses” (2009), Clive Jenkins, Cristian Vogel, and visual artists Kim Boninsegni, David Hominal, as well as Delphine Coindet (who created the set design of “Froufrou” (2013)). She danced for the Tanztheater Basel, Irène Tassembedo, Blanca Li, Gisèle Vienne, Gilles Jobin, La Ribot & Marco Berrettini. She was also a guest performer for Human Writes by William Forsyth and B.O.B. by Dick Wong.
Nils Amadeus Lange
Nils Amadeus Lange lives and works in Zürich, Switzerland. He studied drama at the University of Arts in Bern, where he also did his MA in scenic art practice. He has acted in theatre productions in Basel, Berlin, Bern, Cologne, Heidelberg, and at the Theater an der Ruhr. He has worked with Viviane de Muynck, Albrecht Hirche, Daniel Cremer, and Ivo Dimchev, with whom he collaborated on “the favor.” His work has been shown at Kunsthalle Bern, Les Urbaines Lausanne, Theater Spektakel Zürich, Aua wir leben Festival Bern, Theater Discounter Berlin, Skena up festival Prishtina, Südpol Luzern, Perla Mode Zürich, Tanzhaus Zürich, Bone Performance Festival.
Performance Info from the Artists
Ivan Blagajcevic: ʻLa dʼIvan Showʼ
“The strange mixture of excitement, fear and desire to be left alone… longing to be taken out and thrown down, down into the boiling depths it begins to experience an increased awareness of the social and gender roles that are now imposed upon…” -Virginia Woolf
Marie-Caroline Hominal: The last dance
The last dance is a work inspired by Salome dancing in front of her father and the Taxi Dancer, both sharing a moment of romance and intimacy in a short time. I am interested in the tension between the spectator and the dancer, how this tension and the space for dream stimulate the imagination of the spectator.
Nils Amadeus Lange: 666 renewed
The second part of a trilogy, which on an aesthetic level, deals with speculative realism and, on the content level, with the witches of today (Italian episodic film by Pasolini, i.a.). The first part “666 Ne me touchez pas” was Lange’s thesis and had its premiere at the Dampfzentrale Bern. The main focus of this solo was on creating an alter ego based on the classical witch character. In the course of the rehearsing process, this solo has gradually become a feminist consideration of women wearing burqas. I thereby tried to break down the extensive discourse of the Great Veiling (as Alice Schwarzer puts it), particularly the representation on the Internet of women wearing burqas. This fraction’s aim was not to present a personal point of view, but rather to give way to the controversies through the mere display of a burqa.
Off the Wall presents: Switzerland Is Not Neutral film screening
June 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Gallery opening of photographs from Lukas Beyeler
June 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Switch Lab: Findings from (X)change
June 18, 2015 at 8:00 pm
CLUB SOME THING
June 19, 2015 at 10:00 pm
Backstage: Exploring Gender and Perception
June 20, 2015 at 12:00 pm
swissnex San Francisco
Featured image: Marie-Caroline Hominal. Photo courtesy of Patrick Mettraux and Lukas Beyeler.