Premiere 16 - 19 Jan 2021 (Online)
Tanz Quartier Wien
Concept, artistic direction: Elio Gervasi, David Altweger, Mira Loew
Choreography: Elio Gervasi
Performance: Megan Castro, Laurent Delom de Mézerac, Nicola Manzoni, Lotta Sandborgh, Linda Vinattieri, Tabea Wittulsky, Luca Zanni
Choreographic support: Alberto Franceschini
Stage design: David Altweger, Mira Loew, Elio Gervasi
Composition, sound design: David Altweger and Mira Loew together with Lottie Poulet and Graham Cunnington
Texts, narration: Mira Loew Additional with artistic contributions of Jane Frances Dunlop, Samuel Wagner
Light design: Markus Schwarz
Dramaturgical advice: Karl Baratta
Production management, dramaturgical support: Franziska Zaida Schrammel
A tapestry of artistic voices and perspectives, inhabited by seven performers, will see the audience completely immersed in a world of sound, movements, images and words, contemplating longing and solitude in uncertain times. The project, initiated and conceptualized by choreographer Elio Gervasi and artists David Altweger and Mira Loew, emerged from a collective space of withdrawal and an artistic exchange during the months of spring 2020. It weaves together intimate audio-visual material created by collaborative processes with dancers and artists scattered across and stuck at opposite sides of the globe, navigating the parting of as well as a confrontation with a world that more and more belongs to the realms of a distant past. On Abeyance creates and explores a fragmented view of shared experiences, of moments of reprieve or collective trauma, the weight of privilege and the burden of memories that are erosive agents chipping away at the edges of our emotional landscapes.
A Tanz Company Gervasi production, coproduced by Tanzquartier Wien, with support from the Municipal Department of Cultural Affairs, Vienna, and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport. Many thanks to all the dancers who participated through online contributions.