(Im)mobility Salon #1: Institute of Rest(s) meets Tanzfabrik

12.03 – 15.03 2024

Organised as a space of collective studies, the salon will run over 4 days between 3-6pm. All sessions are open to the public.

with (stellar) guests Paula Caspão, Emma Bigé, Ujjwal Kanishka Utkarsh, Yves Mettler, Clementine Burnley

The series (Im)mobility Salons derives from the project Institute of Rest(s), a long lasting rehearsal of collective studies.

It is not an event.

(Im)mobility Salon #1 longs to turn a choreographic inquiry into dreams of open-ended rehearsals of suspensions, of resting together in crossed paths of refusal. Fomenting little cracks and openings, the (Im)mobility Salon series aspires to re-write and dance beyond overdetermined semantic fields (and their syntax of ruination), there where the implicit summons wordings, there where it doesn’t go without saying/dancing.

In Tanzfabrik, Berlin, (Im)mobility #1 is plotting encounters with:

Clementine Burnley Born in Cameroon, Clementine E Burnley now lives and works between the U.K. and Germany. She has an MSc in Applied Linguistics from Manchester University and is a part-time, practice-based student at the Research Society for Process Oriented Psychotherapy – RSPOP, studying large group facilitation and conflict mediation. Her poems have been published in Ink, Sweat & Tears, Magma, and The Poetry Review.

Emma Bigé studies, writes, translates, curates, and improvises between the fields of dance, transfeminist and environmental studies. She used her PhD in philosophy (Sharing movement, ENS, 2017) as an excuse to curate two dance exhibitions on the histories of Contact Improvisation (Musée de la danse, Rennes, 2018) and on the life & works of dance improviser Steve Paxton (Culturgest, Lisboa, 2019). Co-editor of anthologies on improvisation (Steve Paxton: Drafting Interior Techniques, 2019; La perspective de la pomme. Histoires, politiques et pratiques du Contact Improvisation, 2021), and author of Mouvementements. Écopolitiques de la danse (La Découverte, 2023), she is currently working with trans* & ecological studies, translating queer theorists and writers (Jack Halberstam, Sara Ahmed, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Eva Hayward…), and preparing two books on ecosex theory and transecofeminism.

Ujjwal Utkarsh Kanishka is a Phd-in-Practice candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. He has been trying to develop a form that emerges out of the observational cinema tradition and he continues to do that through his PhD project. Ujjwal primarily makes films while frequently dabbling into other forms like photography, sound and theater. He has also been a faculty of various aspects of filmmaking in several institutes across India.

Yves Mettlers work aim at building a sense for today’s global urbanisation processes. His work ranges from interventions in the public space to sound installations. The works present a narrative fabric, giving the urban environment a polyphonic, emotional, and often humourous, expression. Since 2002 he develops a research & art practice around urban places called “Europe square”, cultivating the spaces between urban reality and symbolic values. His works have been shown at Kaunas Biennal (2021), Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2017), Bozar, Brussels (2016), Kunsthaus Langenthal (2012), Bawag Contemporary (2009) et Archilab (2008). In 2010, he participated in Bruno Latour’s Art and Politics Pilot project at Sciences-Po. He holds an MFA from the Vienna Art Academy and an MA in Art Theory and Language, EHESS, Paris.

A co-production between Tanzfabrik Berlin & Institute of Rest(s).

Institute of Rest(s) is funded by La Manufacture, Haute école des arts de la scène – HES-SO in Lausanne & supported by Tanzquartier Wien , La Grange Center /Arts et Sciences / UNIL Lausanne, Xing Bologna, Le Far Nyon, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Volkskundemuseum Vienna and ImpulsTanz Vienna. Volkskundemuseum Vienna and ImpulsTanz Vienna.