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Recording: 2019-08-11 , Tanz im August | St. Elisabeth-Kirche (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Eszter Salamon


Tanz im August | St. Elisabeth-Kirche

Production Details / Press Releases

Human relations are radical points of resistance. Several of my works focus on female subjectivities, feminist genealogies and multi-generational relationships. “M/OTHERS” explores the mother-daughter relationship. Through modalities of action, feeling and perception, it opens an inter-subjective time, giving birth to a singular space with traces and states of conjoining. This is the second time I have asked my mother to perform with me. The duet between my mother and myself occasions empathy, care and compassion, and through sensual attention, it experiments with a poetic weaving of oscillating meaning. Such a cohabitation and constant reconfiguration of our bodies’ entanglement becomes a process of undoing-redoing identity, creating a moment of ‘co-emergence’: being and being with, and witnessing the time-space beyond identity. I plan to develop “M/OTHERS” further with other mother-daughter couples.

Eszter Salamon is an artist and performer who lives and works between Berlin, Paris and Brussels. Since 2001, she has beencreating solo and group works that have been presented in performing arts venues and festivals throughout the world including Centre Pompidou (FR), Centre Pompidou Metz (FR), Festival d’Automne (FR), Avignon Festival (FR), Ruhrtriennale (DE), Holland Festival (NL), The Kitchen New York (USA), The Place London (UK), HAU Hebbel-am-Ufer Berlin (D), Berlin Documentary Forum (D), Tanz im August Berlin (D), PACT Zollverein (D), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (BE), Kaaitheater (BE), Tanzquartier Wien (AT), Kampnagel Hamburg (D), Steirischer Herbst (AT), Manchester International Festival (UK), Holland Festival (NL), Nanterre-Amandiers (FR), FTA Montreal (CA), Dance Triennale Tokyo (JP), TheatreWorks Singapore (SG), Panorama Festival Rio de Janeiro (BR), Movimiento Sur Valparaiso (CL). She is frequently invited to present her work in museums, MoMA (USA), Witte de With (NL), Fondation Cartier (FR), Serralves Foundation (PT), Museum der Moderne Salzburg (AT), Akademie der Künste Berlin (DE), Villa Empain – Boghossian Foundation (BE), ING Art Center (BE), KINDL (DE), mumok (AT). Her exhibition “Eszter Salamon 1949” was presented in 2015 at Jeu de Paume as part of Satellite curated by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez. Eszter Salamon’s work revolves around choreography employed as a means of navigating between different media such as sound, text, voice, image, bodily movements and actions. In 2014, she started a series of works exploring both the notion of monument and the practice of speculating on history making. She is laureate of the Evens Arts Prize 2019.

Gyarmati Erzsébet is a biology and physical education teacher, dance instructor and educational expert. Fifty years ago, she began to engage in folk dance teaching and played a major role in making dance education (folk, ballet and contemporary) a part of basic art education in Hungary alongside classical music. With her students she founded the Szàzszorszép Dance Ensemble, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year and has toured in Europe, Turkey, Israel and Canada. Gyarmati was the founder and director of the Martonvàsàr School of Arts between 1993 and 2000. Between 1994 and 1997, she participated in MUS-E, Yehudi Menuhin’s European music and art educational project as one of its Hungarian coordinators. Based on an experiment in nine countries (England, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Portugal, Switzerland and Hungary), the projects ought to promote creativity and tolerance through the arts. She is the author of several books on Hungarian folk dance education, including “Games and Dance in School I –IV” (2001). She was part of Eszter Salamon’s “Magyar Tàncok” (“Hungarian Dances”) and performed in several venues in France, Belgium, Germany, England, Italy, Poland and Austria.

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TFB Nr. 1346

Cast & Credits

Concept, Artistic Direction, Choreography: Eszter Salamon
With: Erzsébet Gyarmati, Eszter Salamon
Scenography: Sylvie Garot, Eszter Salamon
Lighting Design: Sylvie Garot
Assistance Rehearsals: Liza Baliasnaja, Boglàrka Börcsök
Costumes: Sabin Gröflin
Production & Organisation: BotschaftGbR / Alexandra Wellensiek, Studio E.S. / Elodie Perrin

Commissioned by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, Amsterdam
Coproduction: If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution (Amsterdam), Project Arts Centre (Dublin), ménagerie de verre (Paris)
Funded by: Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, the Regional Directory of Cultural Affairs of Paris – Ministry of Culture and Communication, NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) Coproduction Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media
In cooperation with Kultur Büro Elisabeth.
Special Thanks to Susan Gibb and Ferenc Salamon, Lili Kárpáti and Uferstudios.
Excerpts of Composition As Explanation by Gertrude Stein

Tanz im August 2019
Artistic Director: Virve Sutinen
Executive Producer Festival: Isa Köhler
Producer: Anja Lindner, Marie Schmieder (on parental leave)
Project Management: Simone Graf
Assistant to Artistic Director & Production Assistant: Alina Sophie Scheyrer-Lauer
Production: Florian Greß, Ben Mohai, Sofie Marie Luckhardt, Katharina Rost, Lovisa Sohls Söderberg, Charlotte Werner
Technical Director: Ruprecht Lademann, Patrick Tucholski
Tanz im August is a festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, funded by the Capital Cultural Fund.

St. Elisabeth-Kirche

Invalidenstr. 3
10115 Berlin

Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

Eszter Salamon / Trailers and Video Documentations

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