Eszter Salamon (D/H)

Tales Of The Bodiless

Musical Fiction Without Science

39% choreography
0% movement
15% Void
46% sound
How can you get out of your body? Can you leave it for a while? Can you take a vacation from it? How long can you stay out of yourself, without losing it all together? “Tales Of The Bodiless” explores a condition that is hard to imagine: a world without human bodies, without matter. This journey into an uncertain future consists of four situations. Four worlds in which bodies lose themselves in very different ways, turning into foam or moor, becoming one with the landscape, crumbling into colourful dust. Humans evaporate in the memory of the species that survives them.
Eszter Salamon, who billed at steirischer herbst 2008 for the first time with her duo “Dance #1 / Driftworks”, widens her already broad idea of what choreography is, embarking on a journey through regions of palpable sensuousness: dynamic compositions of voices, sound, light and space. Bodiless voices around us sink, dissolve, urgent and aggressive, joyful, ecstatic. Hearing overpowers seeing, theatre attempts to disappear into immateriality.
“Tales Of The Bodiless” not only crosses the line between different genres. But also between a conceptual understanding of choreography, that relies above all on reflection and analysis, and theatre that seeks to absorb us completely in a shared, sensory experience. Both converge here, as a form of art that does not dictate, but rather confronts us with an expansive space of what is possible and impossible.

  Eszter Salamon: Tales Of The Bodiless    

by Eszter Salamon
with Bojana Cvejic, Cédric Dambrain, Terre Thaemlitz, Sylvie Garot und Peter Böhm

Direction Eszter Salamon
Concept, text & composition Eszter Salamon & Bojana Cvejić
Music Cédric Dambrain & Terre Thaemlitz
Music consultant Berno Odo Polzer
Sound design Peter Böhm
Lighting & image design Sylvie Garot
Video direction & video concept assistance Bertrand Schacre
Technical direction Philippe Baste
Voice recordings Bart Aga
Voices Eszter Salamon, Johan Leysen, Jan Ritsema, Sasa Asentić, Bojana Cvejić, Joanna Bailie, Terre Thaemlitz, Tracee Westmoreland, Chrysa Parkinson, Gérald Kurdian, Michael Schmidt, Ragna Aurich, Eleanor Bauer, Polina Akhmetzyanova, Sayaka Kaiwa, Bérengère Bodin, Patricia Barakat, David Helbich, Sofie Benoot, Daniel Blanga Gubbay, Boglárka Börcsök, Saskia Bovijn, Claire Bringiers, Johanna Buys, Kuryn Buys, Pierre Caillet, Erwin Carlier, Chris Carroll, Michael Casey, Lisbeth De Ceulaer, Céline David, Kim Lien Dessault, Caroline Dewynter, Anne Duquenne, Katrien Feyaerts, Eva De Grave, Nada Gambier, Nestor Garcia Diaz, Rina Govers, Elisabeth Franken, Julie Gilbert, Anne Rose Goet, Catherine Herman, Matthias Koole, Aurore Labrosse, Giulietta Laki, Christophe Meierhans, Pierre-Guillaume Méon, Natasha Mokrane, Sylvie van Molle, Muna Mussie, Sandy Napier, Anne-Sophie Van Neste, Tim Oliphant, Tiziana Penna, Agnès Peter, Jo Reymen, Anna Rispoli, Margot van Scharen, Michael Schmid, Christine De Smedt, Janne Steenbeke, Gunhild Tuschen, Anne-Sophie van Wesemael, Iffy Tellieu, Wim Veys, Adva Zakai
Bodies Eszter Salamon & Sasa Asentić
Production & organisation Alexandra Wellensiek & Agnes Henry
Production assistant Mariane Cosserat
Production trainee Natacha Le Duff
Video trainee Sarah Bahr

Production direction Graz Dominik Jutz
Production Roland Gfrerer
Technical direction Hermann Schapek & Karl Masten
Technical direction MUMUTH Peter Fischer

Produced by Botschaft Gbr (Berlin) & extrapole
Co-produced by steirischer herbst, Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Ircam / Les Spectacles Vivants – Centre Pompidou (Paris), Tanz im August 2011 (Berlin), Pact Zollverein (Essen), Kampnagel (Hamburg) & Les Subsistances (Lyon)
With support of Kaaitheater (Brussels), Kunstencentrum Buda (Kortrijk), Q-02 (Brussels) & PAF (St. Erme)
Subsidised by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes
Co-presented by NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

Date and Facts

Austrian Première
Thu 29/09, Fri 30/09 &
Sat 01/10, 7.30 pm

18 / 12 €

English language

Talk following
the second performance