MONDAY, MAY 12
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Photo Credit: Mi You
EMPEDOCLES: WATER + SHENGUANTU / CHINESE PROMOTION GAME + OTHER TIME TRAVEL
PERFORMANCE AND DISCUSSION
This event promises a vigorous attempt in answering some of the
fundamental questions concerning performance, performance art and its functions in life and the world, through synergetic dual performances with Greek poet/artist Demosthenes Agrafiotis and Chinese research artist Mi You.
Demosthenes Agrafiotis, in his performance piece “Empedocles: Water” will examine the case of Empedocles, poet, philosopher, social activist, political reformer, as a singular cultural presence, and as the role model, the beginning and constitutive origin of (Greek) performance.
In the books “Nature” and “Purifications” it emerges that Empedocles is on the verge of the shaman or mythological past and the philosophical reflection, using poetry as support and orientation. It is not accidental that Hölderin considered Empedocles as the original, fundamental, and initial/incipient European poet.
“Shengguantu / Chinese Promotion Game”, a lecture performance by Mi You is an introduction of the now little-known Shengguantu / Chinese Promotion Game and a demonstration of how to play it. Far more than and just a gambling game and one with a pedagogical use of learning historical Chinese official system, it is embedded with a certain world view. This does not merely mean that the game has the capacity to represent a certain aspect of life – its premise being an abstracted mimicry of laws in life, rather through this plastic rendering of life and its parameters, it frees life of itself as bound to the realities and consistencies of each player. Put another way and perhaps fittingly borrowing Nietzsche, the game pushes to the realization that “every name in history is I”.
The event will be concluded with dialogue between the artists and discussion with the audience.
A PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP THAT TAKES THE FORM OF A WALK
A silent walk with changing leadership that heightens intuition and awareness. The work creates a unique and safe atmosphere of surrender, encouraging devotion to group dynamics among the participants.
During the walk, the participants will experience their surroundings in new ways and discover alternative methods of movement through urban landscapes. Synchronization and defamiliarization of everyday rhythms and coordinates.
The walk starts at the MPA-HUB and goes from S Ostbahnhof | U+S Jannowitzbrücke.
Children are welcome in the company of adults.
Concept and leadership: Inge Agnete Tarpgaard
Supported by the Danish Arts Foundation.
As part of the series showing at Vestegnens Kulturuge, DK, 6.-14. September, Borgerscenen, Århus Teater, DK, 9. October 2014.
Performer Stammtisch is a network of independent performance artists, founded by Jörn J. Burmester and active in Berlin since 2003. For ten years, Performer Stammtisch has hosted regular meetings, presenting performances by more than 130 artists. Today Stammtisch focuses on discussing issues relating to the art form and the development of the performance art scene in Berlin and beyond.
PERFORMER STAMMTISCH: GROUP WORK
MODERATED GROUP PERFORMANCE AND TALK
Sadly, due to illness, our friend Fausto Gracia was not able to travel from Mexico to Berlin. We wish him a speedy recovery, and hope that he’ll join us for one of the next two Stammtisch events we are preparing this month.
Don’t fret, tho, we have come up with an amazing replacement program. We invite you to witness a moderated group performance that addresses issues like how performers learn from one another in a non-hierarchical process, how to integrate chance and random elements in performance work, and how to cooperate. Frank Homeyer will guide and moderate a performance by Anja Ibsch, Ilya Noé, Joy Harder, Lan Hungh, Florian Feigl and Jörn J. Burmester. Each performer will bring one object/material, and there will be a fixed time of 50 minutes for the event. We are grateful to Frank for suggesting the project, and to the performers who join us in this outrageously cool line up on such short notice. Afterwards, as we do at Stammtisch, we’ll talk about it.
Frank Homeyer, Anja Ibsch, Ilya Noé, Joy Harder, Lan Hungh, Florian Feigl and Jörn J. Burmester