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ImPulsTanz Vienna: one-sentence reviews

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PRICE: Melodies Are So Far My Best Friend, at ImPulsTanz Vienna 2021. Photo: © Yako One
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Twenty-six performances from ImPulsTanz Vienna 2021 – condensed into one sentence each

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Alexandra Bachzetsis: Private Song
Photo © Mathias Voelzke
“Toy boys and femme Dom in acid wash serenade one another in tantalisingly toxic threesome.”
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Ian Kaler: Points Of Departure Hyphen
Photo © Eva Wuerdinger
“Emo teenager vibes meet discombobulated text, great ghost jokes and butter-smooth dancing.”
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Sophia Rodríguez: Ostentation Project
Photo © Leontien Allemeersch
“An acrobatic, sensual, glitter-adorned middle finger to patriarchy and colonisation, from Venezuela with love.”
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Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods: Cascade
Photo © Martin Argyroglo
“Nine explorers visit, nurture and destroy an artificial galactic landscape, exploring thrilling peaks and tiresome valleys, always spectacularly lost.”
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Petar Sarjanović: Everything I Don’t Know, I’ve Stolen
Photo © Cillian O’Neill
“A hermetic contemporary dance piece for contemporary dancers about contemporary dance, where a couple of poetic memories punctuate an otherwise niche self-referential layer cake.”
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Raja Feather Kelly: UGLY (Black Queer Zoo)
Photo © Maria Baranova
“Emotional and virtuosic, UGLY challenges perceptions of the black queer body in a yellow kaleidoscopic (dis)play of hyper-pop images and supple-sleek-seismic mood shifts.”
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Frédéric Gies & Weld Company: Tribute
Photo © Thomas Zamolo
“A ravishing cast of techno sylphides raves in formation, in an ecstatic and delicate homage to Dominique Bagouet; think Berghain cancan with extreme somatic smarts, and bass resonating all the way to your ribcage.”
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Astrit Ismaili: MISS
Photo © Alwin Poiana
“Expectations skyrocket when this musical begins with three hilariously sharp solo songs by a flower, Cicciolina and Miss Kosovo, yet the energy plummets when the choreographer takes over the stage and transforms the two other protagonists into their backup singers.”
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Cie. Maguy Marin: Umwelt
© Hervé Deroo
“The hypnotic dramaturgy, visual poetry and original cast members have aged beautifully, but culturally inappropriate costumes, overwhelmingly heteronormative representation and unsolicited dick flashes have not.”
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ZOO/Thomas Hauert: How to Proceed
Photo © Bart Grietens
"How to address your privileges without getting demoralised asks the choreographer, before spending an hour not addressing them at all and presenting mediocre dance constellations instead."
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Neopost Foofwa – Foofwa d’Imobilité: Dancewalk – Retroperspectives
© Tatiana Yudina
“A film about the Dancewalks project backs dancer Alizée Sourbé while she narrates and echoes the ramifications of this choreographic public intervention, which seems to have grown from a humble poetic proposal to a global, political and at times questionable protest format.”
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Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods: Violet
Photo © Laura Van Severen
“Accompanied by a live drummer, five dancers gesticulate and circumvolute in and out of transcendental states, in an epic, sweaty and trippy journey across the empty stage.”
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Lau Lukkarila: NYXXX
Photo © Franzi Kreis
“Gliding around a sleek multimedia altar, Lukkarila summons the Greek goddess of the night, in a highly lubricated and intimate offering of erotic intelligence.”
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Jérôme Bel: Isadora Duncan
Photo © Camille Blake
“A lecture performance in which Bel narrates the tragic life of modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan, while 70-year-old Duncan technique teacher Elisabeth Schwartz expertly demonstrates some of her choreographies (but doesn’t get to speak).”
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Idio Chichava, Converge+: Sentido Unico
Photo © Yako One
“A sensuous and impeccably executed duet where playful seduction between a man and a woman dismally ends with him choking her without warning or explanation.”
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Louise Lecavalier: Stations
Photo © André Cornellier
“Lecavalier’s skills as a dancer are undeniable, but the dramaturgy and staging don’t match her powerful and hypnotic presence.”
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Raja Feather Kelly: Hysteria (UGLY Part 2)
Photo © Kate Enman
“Immersed in a bubble-gum-pink life-size doll box, Kelly activates his monochrome surroundings and takes us on a glamorous yet meticulous emotional roller-coaster.”
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Deborah Hazler/Angry Agnes Productions: That Rant and Rave
Photo © Franzi Kreis
“Huffing and puffing as a choreographic strategy turns out to be an articulate, uproarious and at times monotonous method to denounce the raging horrors of the capitalist patriarchy.”
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Marc Oosterhoff/Cie Moost: Take Care Of Yourself
Photo © Alex Brenner
“Baudelaire spleen meets fratboy energy in this booze-fuelled, stunt-driven and knife-sharp magic show.”
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Madeleine Fournier/O D E T T A: Labourer
Photo © Tamara Seilman
“A tap-dancing mime laboriously finds her voice amidst automated drums and archive videos of growing plants.”
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PRICE: Melodies Are So Far My Best Friend
Photo © Yako One
“Gathered around a sloped runway, the audience witnesses a performance concert where melodrama encounters tender humour, while both time and magnificent costumes fold and stretch, transforming endlessly.”
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Frank Van Laecke, Alain Platel, Steven Prengels/NTGent & Les Ballets C de la B: Gardenia – 10 Years Later
Photo © Luk Monsaert
“A cabaret of grief, decay and extravagance brings aging queer performers to the spotlight, but touching moments get lost between inexplicable fight scenes and problematic jokes.”
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Platform-K/Michiel Vandevelde/Philippe Thuriot: The Goldberg Variations
Photo © Tom Callemin
“Choreographer creates very pretty dance on very pretty music, juxtaposes it with videos of violent right-wing extremists and calls it political.”
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Tamara Alegre, Lydia Östberg Diakité, Nunu Flashdem, Marie Ursin, Célia Lutangu: FIEBRE
Photo © Nelly Rodriguez
“Three mega-babes slide, splash and slurp slime in gooey game of flesh and fluids; hotness has never felt so fresh.”
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Ruth Childs/Scarlett’s: fantasia
Photo © Marie Magnin
“Starting and dropping ideas as often as she changes her multi-coloured wigs, Childs’ nervy composition lacks any sense of urgency; classical canons are upheld but the audience’s attention isn’t.”
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Raja Feather Kelly: BLUE (UGLY Part 3)
Photo © Yako One
“Couture-wearing alien abducts himself from the constraint of sense-making and favours refusal to perform and sensory overload as alternative strategies.”
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To complement these zippy one-liners, check out Lena Megyeri’s more in-depth account of her week at ImPulsTanz here: springbackmagazine.com/read/one-week-impulstanz-vienna-2021

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