In the frame of Open Spaces #3-2015
“My shapes, your words, their grey” is a piece about nuances and inter- stices, situated somewhere between the pictorial arts, performance and a lecture. What is a grey life? For Philipp Gehmacher grey is not a non-colour. Grey accepts all colours. A “grey life” is far removed from pathos, without being indifferent. Gehmacher uses his specific, richly gestural and power- fully expressive body language to create a characteristic space. Form, text, movement and the subtle use of Gérald Kurdian’s sound landscape result in an extremely effectual state of limbo.
Concept/performance: Philipp Gehmacher | Music: Gérald Kurdian | Production: Stephanie Leonhardt | “my shapes, your words, their grey“ was presented for the first time 2013 as stage- and galerie version supported by Tanzquartier Wien and the city of Vienna. Since then presented in different settings and versions. This performance is realized and supported by the advancing performing arts project - Performing Europe.
Philipp Gehmacher lives in Vienna and works internationally. He is a choreographer, dancer and student at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in the ‘Sculpture and Space’ program, whose works on gesture, space and touch have featured in numerous festivals and venues around the world. He has collaborated across art forms, most importantly with the choreographer Meg Stuart. Gehmacher initiated the lecture performance series “walk+talk” and is currently focusing on objects and sculpture. He received the renowned Jerwood Choreography Award and the Austrian Advancement Award for Dance from the BMUKK.