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Peter Stamer

Peter Stamer is not a physicist. He is also not a bank clerk. And he sometimes is far from being an all too serious man, this despite having been trained as a theatre scholar, and having been employed as a dramaturg at a German state theatre and as a curator for theory at Tanzquartier Vienna in the 90s and aughts. For more than 15 years now Peter Stamer has been working as a free-lance art and theatre maker in the international context of contemporary performing arts. Along his stage work, he “explores conditions for discursive and physical empowerment within given social and narrative apparatuses“. In other words: together with other people he likes creating performative playgrounds in order to engage in and learn from the games of everyday behaviour. And these playgrounds need collaboration both with other players and the society we play in; those playgrounds make collaboration the ingredient without which nothing would be possible. Not only need artists to be poets of making together. They also need to be joint story-tellers in order to reshape the world ensemble, in order to create narratives of a different world, in order to summon creative forces that open up to the circus of life. No wonder Peter wishes he had been brought up as the child of a family of knife throwers. Thus he could have lived in a travelling circus among fellow artist families of animal trainers, acrobats, and jugglers who work together to get the shows going. He knows that he is over-romanticizing. But he likes the idea. Very much so. peterstamer.com

Peter Stamer
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