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Recording: 2015-11-07 , Tanzfabrik Berlin / Uferstudios (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Philipp Gehmacher

My shapes, your words, their grey

Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding

Production Details / Press Releases

“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.

Philipp Gehmacher lives in Vienna and works locally as well as internationally. His research regarding the movements and actions inscribed into the body led to further investigation of the research areas gesture, space, and touch. Between 2007 and 2012, apart from creating numerous choreographic works, he also collaborated with Meg Stuart and Vladimir Miller, resulting in stage pieces as well as video installations (dead reckoning, 2009; the fault lines, 2010). Since 2008 Philipp Gehmacher has been developing the lecture performance walk+talk and investigating language, address, and expression (SAY SOMETHING, 2013). Since 2011 he has created exhibitions and video works (my shapes, your words, their grey, 2013). Gehmacher’s current focus lies on working on objects, materials and conceiving walk-in spaces (der grauraum). Since 2014 Philipp Gehmacher has also been a member of the class ‘Sculpture and Space’ at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

Cast & Credits

Concept and performance: Philipp Gehmacher
Music: Gérald Kurdian
Production: Stephanie Leonhardt
“My shapes, your words, their gray” was presented for the first time in 2013 as a stage and gallery version with the support of Tanzquartier Wien and the City of Vienna.
This guest performance is supported by the advancing performing arts project – Performing Europe.

Open Spaces # 3-2015
Artistic director: Ludger Orlok
PR / Production management: Mara Nedelcu
Organization: Arzu Saglam
Production assistant: Inna Kanwischer, Vincenz Kokot, Sacha Buskermolen
Press, editorial: Nora Gores
Technical management: Martin Pilz
The Tanzfabrik Berlin is funded by the Senate Chancellery for Culture at the Governing Mayor of Berlin. Within the framework of the network apap – advancing performing arts project / Performing Europe 2011-16.
Supported by EU culture / apap network.

Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding

Uferstr. 23
13357 Berlin

Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. 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)

Philipp Gehmacher / Trailers and Video Documentations

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