Boris Charmatz on the Musée de la Danse
13/10/10 Cosmin Costinaş
As the second in a series of articles on the future of the museum, an interview with the French dancer and choreographer Boris Charmatz on his museum of dance. Whether or not it will ever come about doesn’t matter so much. What’s more important is that the questions it raises sharpen our thinking on the museum.
previews 16.04.10 Jolien Verlaek
16/04/10 - 17/04/10
Dancing seems to be a popular medium in contemporary art institutions these days. In the context of the current Springdance festival in Utrecht, BAK presents a ‘musée de la danse’, which involves an exhibition without objects. METROPOLIS M talks to BAK curator Cosmin Costinaş on his considerations for the exhibition.
According to some, dance is the space in which social possiblities are tried out. Based on the art of Katarzyna Kobro, Paulina Olowska, Silke Otto-Knapp and others, Jan Verwoert demonstrates how this social choreography should not be taken too literally.
Yvonne Rainer is considered by many to be the most important choreographer of the 1960s. More than Lucinda Childs or Trisha Brown, she is the one who renewed dance and inspired countless visual artists. Her famous choreographies have recently been performed by a new generation of artists. Rainer herself has directed performances in New York and Kassel.
Everything is Surface
Ian White and Jimmy Robert on their performances
01/02/08 Frédérique Bergholtz
‘Somewhere between Yvonne Rainer and Pina Bausch,’ was how Ian White and Jimmy Robert described their latest performance, which was recently presented in De Brakke Grond. The choreographies of these artists based in Brussels and London seem complex, full of historical references, but ultimately they should be taken surprisingly literally.
Where porn is banal, insipid, mind-numbingly repetitive and unimaginative, the work of the Swiss-German artist, choreographer and dancer is astonishing, multifaceted and revelatory. Alexandra Bachzetsis's dance performaces, which often are presented in exhibition spaces. are playfully and provocative, but never obscene.