Uferstudios 2
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Photo: Robert Sweeny

The Way You Look (At Me) Tonight

Ausschnitte aus der Performance by Jess Curtis, Claire Cunningham
In the frame of Open Spaces#2-2016

Claire Cunningham and Jess Curtis investigate the role of movement and sensory dynamics in the perception and performance of otherness. It is a dance, a song, a story, a sculpture, a play, a fight, a journey to be sung, spoken, seen, felt, heard, read, viewed, approved (or disproved!) by Gravity artistic director Jess Curtis and Scottish self-identified disabled performer and choreographer Claire Cunningham as lead artists, in collaboration with renowned philosopher of perception Dr. Alva Noë. The sharing will show mid-stages of research for a new full-evening duet to premiere on November 2nd, 2016 at Tanzfabrik. A conversation with Alva Noë takes place 14th July.

Choreografphy: Jess Curtis & Claire Cunningham | Philosophical advice Dr. Alva Noë | Dramaturgy: Luke Pell | Composition: Matthias Herrmann | Video: Yoann Trellu | Production management: Julia Danila, Nadja Dias, Alec White | A production of Jess Curtis/ Gravity, Claire Cunningham and Tramway Glasgow | Kindly supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. and Senatskanzlei für Kulturelle Angelegenheiten (Kofinanzierungsfonds); Unlimited using funding by Creative Scotland; New England Foundation for the Arts/ National Dance Project, Kenneth Rainin Foundation and San Francisco Arts Commission.

In the frame of Sommer Tanz 2016 Claire Cunningham and Jess Curtis will teach the workshop "Watch Me Watch You".

Jess Curtis

Jess Curtis is an award-winning choreographer, performer and scholar committed to an art-making practice informed by experimentation, innovation, critical discourse and social relevance at the intersections of fine art and popular culture. Curtis has created and performed multidisciplinary dance performance throughout the U.S., Europe with seminal group Contraband, the radical performance collective CORE and the experimental French Circus company Cahin-Caha, Cirque Batard. From 1991 to 1998 he co-directed the ground-breaking San Francisco performance venue 848 Community Space with Keith Hennessy and Michael Whitson. In 2000, Curtis founded his own trans-continental performance company, Jess Curtis/Gravity, based in Berlin and San Francisco. In 2011 he was presented the prestigious Alpert Award in the Arts for choreography and the Homer Avila Award for innovation in physically diverse performance. Curtis is active as a writer, advocate and community organizer in the fields of contemporary dance and performance and teaches Dance, Contact Improvisation and Interdisciplinary Performance for individuals of all abilities throughout the US and Europe. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of the Arts in Berlin. He holds an MFA in Choreography and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of California at Davis. www.jesscurtisgravity.org

Claire Cunningham

Claire Cunningham, Glasgow/UK. is a performer and creator of multi-disciplinary performance based in Glasgow. One of the UK’s most acclaimed and internationally renowned disabled artists, Cunningham's work is often rooted in the study and use/misuse of her crutches and the exploration of the potential of her own specific physicality with a conscious rejection of traditional dance techniques (developed for non-disabled bodies) or the attempt to move with the pretense of a body or aesthetic other than her own. www.clairecunningham.co.uk