In the latest production of her ›Monument‹ series, choreographer Eszter Salamon in artistic collaboration with Boglàrka Börcsök and Sylvie Garot, nears the life and work of the German avant-garde artist Valeska Gert through a shifting collection of performative acts. As early as the 1920’s, Gert’s performance practice was defined by radical experimentation with the themes of gender, race and national identity. Despite her artistic fearlessness, the importance of Valeska Gert’s role in art, dance and performance history has long been disregarded.
Eszter Salamon invites the audience to an encounter with Gert beyond documentary history writing and art historical discourse and leads them through an empirical archive spanning autobiography and imagination. Similar to an archaeological excavation site, ›The Valeska Gert Monument‹ brings the apparently untraceable, unheard and unseen to the surface and, through the practice of speculative historiography, establishes a terrain of new meanings and references.
artistic direction Eszter Salamon | artistic collaboration Boglàrka Börcsök | choreography & text Boglàrka Börcsök, Valeska Gert, Eszter Salamon | with Boglàrka Börcsök, Eszter Salamon | light design, scenography Sylvie Garot | sound design Bart Aga, Marius Kirch | technical direction Matteo Bambi | costume design Anne-Catherine Kunz | tailor Marie Eva Rodriguez, Gisèle Charles | set Construction Atelier de Nanterre-Amandiers | production & organization Botschaft GbR, Alexandra Wellensiek, Studio E.S, Elodie Perrin | co-production Kaaitheater, PACT Zollverein, City of Women, Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers, Fund for Dance | support Fondation Boghossian – Villa Empain, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, DRAC – Regional Agency of Cultural Affairs in Paris, The French Ministry of Culture and Communication, the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ, Fonds Transfabrik – Franco-German fund for the performing arts | thanks to Stefanie Lingener, Herman Sorgeloos, Liza Baliasnaja, Mario Barrantes Espinoza, Nestor Garcia Diaz, Marie Messien, Robin Diehl