created with
Eszter Salamon (D, H)
Dance #1 / Driftworks
73% dance
15% music
12% reserach

First it was Hungarian folk dances that shaped her body; then, irreparably, the strict training of a ballet school. And of course all those gender-specific traditions that continue to dictate our image of the body. In view of these biographical influences, among other factors, all the works of Hungarian choreographer Eszter Salamon are critical studies of representations of the body and its movements. But although she has long been a fixture on the conceptual dance scene with her sophisticated programmes, Salamon’s pieces always have theatrical potential as well, playing with narrations, situations, roles, musicality and humour.
Together with Belgian choreographer Christine De Smedt, in “Dance #1 / Driftworks”, for which Terre Thaemlitz composed the sound, she develops a sophisticated duo based on the Body Mind Centering’s technique of improvisation, in which expression is created through movement and not the other way round. By going through several phases of observation, experience and memory of different body systems, both dancers construct a choreography of ephemeral, constantly changing bodies: “Dance #1 / Driftworks” is a constant game with our perceptions and a serious search for the meaning and necessity of movement.

Dance #1 / Driftworks

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Eszter Salamon (D, H) Biography

Co-produced by steirischer herbst, Choreographisches Zentrum NRW/PACT
Essen, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brüssel, & Les Spectacles Vivants – Le Centre Pompidou, Paris
Supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Berlin, Hebbel-Am-Ufer, Berlin, & Botschaft, Berlin
With kind support from Les Brigittines, La Raffinerie / Charleroi-Danses &
Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Gent
Co-produced by NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

German-language Premičre
Sat 04/10, Sun 05/10 &
Mon 06/10, 7.30 pm


Talk following the second performance

16€ / 10€

Dom im Berg
Concept Eszter Salamon

Choreography / Dance Christine De Smedt & Eszter Salamon
Sound Terre Thaemlitz
Light design Sylvie Garot
Technical direction Raphael Vincent
Production Alexandra Wellensiek
Assitants / costume design Isabelle Decanničre

Production Graz Doris Psenicnik
Assistant Mara Verlic
Technical direction Hermann Schapek
Sound and light design Roland Strutz

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