the last IDEAL PARADISE düsseldorf/essen
- the jakarta post (en)
- jakarta globe (en)
- manual (en)
- tempo (id)
- koran tempo (id)
- siasat partikelir (id)
- portal teater (id)
- detik hot (id)
- karlina supelli
- kamil muhammad
- akbar yumni (artist, curator)
- riyadhus shalihin (artist, researcher, theater-author)
part of the cycle: (katastrophen 11/15) ideal paradise
further projects in the series IDEAL PARADISE:
- a first step to IDEAL PARADISE
- a second step to IDEAL PARADISE
- a third step to IDEAL PARADISE
- urban laboratory IDEAL PARADISE
- IDEAL PARADISE clash
- IDEAL PARADISE
- IDEAL PARADISE shifting space
- urban laboratory IDEAL PARADISE ukraine
the last IDEAL PARADISE düsseldorf/essen
the last IDEAL PARADISE by claudia bosse is a work about social constellations and political thinking. installation, choreography and performance at the same time, the work combines political presence and history with rituals and myths. in multi-media spaces with videos, objects and sounds, the last IDEAL PARADISE deals with terrorism, territory and incorporation, with projections and constellations of our cultural and political consciousness. with and for spectators, materials are transformed, temporary and fragile communities are formed.
the last IDEAL PARADISE combines material that has been created in a process that span over four years and different continents. it is about nothing less than the order of our present, about community, about the memory of bodies, about forms of violence and the production of history.
the last IDEAL PARADISE jakarta is created in different rooms of the national film studios of indonesia (PFN) in a multi-media setting of objects, sounds and projections developed by claudia bosse for the wardrobes, the area and the big studio in jakarta. in a team with günther auer, as well as the performers from vienna and singapore, and 10 indonesian artists from jakarta, bandung, yogyakarta, denpasar and lampung, this jakarta-version of the last IDEAL PARADISE works on resonances into the present and calls up recent history.
the last IDEAL PARADISE premiered in düsseldorf in 2016 and was invited as one of thirteen productions to the tanzplattform 2018 in essen. now, at the invitation of the goethe institut indonesien, an extended site-specific version is being created for jakarta. this version is inscribed in the rooms of the former national film studios of indonesia, where images for the imagination of a cultural identity were produced. first films were shot here during the dutch colonial period, then under japanese occupation during the second world war. later, images for the young nation under sokarno were created here, replaced by images for the new order regime, which controlled the country until 1998 and had to resign after protests. the history of the studios is intertwined with the history of indonesia, its image production: from educational films, schmaltz and musicals to political propaganda films against the communists, who legitimized mass killings, to advertising films for cafés. today, it is said, ghosts inhabit these rooms, animate them. and if the electricity fails, they are responsible for it. in september 2020, the complex is to be demolished and give way to a new film hub.
the last IDEAL PARADISE brings together different stages of this multi-year process: IDEAL PARADISE began in 2015 as an installation with interviews from cairo and athens reflecting the political situation and social upheavals. at the weltmuseum wien, rooms of the new hofburg were filled with material from the ethnographic collection, objects and videos. the work spread out nomadically in urban space, set up stations in the tanzquartier wien, and unfolded a performative landscape in cucharest. in the former post loading station in düsseldorf, claudia bosse, together with performers and a local choir, combined these stations and materials to form the last IDEAL PARADISE.
after claudia bosse's lecture performance the making of the last IDEAL PARADISE at the indonesian dance festival 2018 and a workshop in salihara at the invitation of the goethe institut with 14 indonesian female artists, as well as a research trip to indonesia in may 2019, the last IDEAL PARADISE jakarta is a further step of this multi-format work.
IDEAL PARADISE, studio PFN - perum produksi film negara jakarta (id), 2020. photo: sancoyo purnomo, click to view photo series
IDEAL PARADISE @ tanzplattform 2018, kokerei zollverein, salzlager. photo: christian schuller, click to view photo series
IDEAL PARADISE, former postal loading service düsseldorf, 2016. photo: claudia bosse, click to view photo series
concept/ installation/ objects/ choreography: claudia bosse
sound/ media: günther auer
performance: rotraud kern, mun wai lee, alexandra sommerfeld, pat toh, ilse urbanek;
ghosts: john heryanto, liswati, rita matu mona, laksmi notokusumo, alfiah rahdini, ayu permata sari, riyadhus shalihin, ibed surgana yuga, yola yulfianti, akbar yumni;
assistent/ head of production: dagmar tröstler;
project direction jakarta: anna maria strauss;
coordination jakarta/ research: dinyah latuconsina;
cooperation installation/ research: dea widya;
production management jakarta: maya, ranggi arohmansani;
research: akbar yumni;
advice content: karlina supelli.
communication vienna: oliver maus;
communication/ press jakarta: ryan rinaldy, wilton djaya, luna pujianto, aisyah nabilaa antani;
liaison officers jakarta: louisiana wattimena, george ante;
technical director: marco tölzer;
technical direction jakarta: sigit d. pratama, fajar merian;
hand and support: THISPLAY;
administration theatercombinat: alexander matthias kosnopfl.
a production by theatercombinat, a coproduction with FFT dusseldorf as part of international coproductions. living dead - spukgestalten im theater der gegenwart. supported by wien kultur and kunststiftung NRW.
the working cycle IDEAL PARADISE is coproduced by FFT dusseldorf, tanzquartier vienna, ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival 2015, weltmuseum wien, donaufestival 2015.
jakarta adaptation of the last IDEAL PARADISE is presented by the goethe-institut in collaboration with PERUM PRODUKSI FILM NEGARA and supported by the federal foreign office and the austrian embassy jakarta.
the last IDEAL PARADISE is part of the series IDEAL PARADISE, that is the last chapter of the research cycle (katastrophen 11/15) ideal paradise that has started in 2013 dealing with the configuration of the (political) reality and its ideological constructions. (katastrophen 11/15) ideal paradise by claudia bosse and a group of international artists, dancers, performers and theoreticians investigates the structure of catastrophe as a tipping point of society and generates several formats like performances, choreographies, theatre works, installations, interventions, lectures and workshops. sometimes the collection of interviews, some democratic fictions, that has been emerging in collaboration with günther auer since 2011 and consists of personal conversations about democracy, freedom, terrorism, state, history, identity conducted in cities like new york, tunis, cairo, frankfurt, zagreb, tel aviv, brussels and beirut.
PROJECTS IN THE CYCLE (katastrophen 11/15) IDEAL
method body / lecture by claudia bosse in the framework of scores "intact bodies". thoughts meet space in may / june 2013 was an installation in 18 different spaces where the interviews were confronted with media scenarios of spelling reality. here, for the first time, the majority of the archive material became part of this artistic operation called “thoughts meet space”, as a virtual space of three-dimensional thought presented in the old customs canteen in vienna accompanied by 2 performances in relation to the installation the breath of thoughts and death as well as closing act as a coproduction with tanzquartier vienna. the installation thoughts meet space beirut in october was a continuation of that artistic method and presents parts of the archive material combined with photos and objects created and collected in beirut as well as interviews. (in)valid bodies, lecture by claudia bosse in november 2013 in the framework of the symposium "public bodies", FFT dusseldorf and heinrich heine university. showing and discussion in december 2013 / the rehearsals of what about catastrophes? in the framework of the seminary "aesthetic and poetic" - performance theory and -praxis" of the university vienna, monika meister / daniela pillgrab. katastrophen: momente des umschlags in december 2013 was a research workshop by claudia bosse at tanzquartier wien. in a one-week working situation a group of artists and theoreticians met in order to concern themselves with the function and structure of catastrophe in our society, based on their respective artistic, compositional, urban or philosophical practice and based on their methods and materials. with guenther auer, claudia bosse, alain franco, omar nagati, sandra noeth and marcus steinweg. in april 2014 was the world premiere of what about catastrophes? with 4 performances at tanzquartier vienna. in september 2014 in dusseldorf was the world premiere of catastrophic paradise in coproduction with FFT dusseldorf in the framework of the series "DECOLONIZE! performative strategies for a (post)colonial age". in this context took place the symposium politics of paradise and catastrophes. thoughts meet space athens in
october was a site-specific multimedia installation at Bhive in athens, turning the neoclassical villa into a talking house, speaking with voices of the transnational archive of thoughts. the installation thoughts meet space cairo presented at hotel viennoise the nomadic archive. for the second time interviews had been conducted in cairo after 2011. the installation was accompanied by a 5 day event called reflection zone that functions as a discursive and performative salon with contributions of artists and theoreticians based in cairo. in march 2015 the performance catastrophic paradise was translated from the version for a complex, multi-part building into a version for the specific conditions of tqw / halle G. in april / may 2015, at the donaufestival in krems the performance and installation a first step to IDEAL PARADISE created a workroom about rituals and political thought. this work was the first sketch for the new production IDEAL PARADISE, the last part in the overall project of (katastrophen 11/15) ideal paradise. the next step in this series took place at ImPulsTanz festival 2015: alongside the topics colonialism, cultural projection, construction of ideology(ies) and ideal communities the installation a second step to IDEAL PARADISE created walk-in narrations in an ensemble of spaces in the weltmuseum vienna. in a third step to IDEAL PARADISE this installation became a score of a choreographed performance. as performative practice urban laboratory IDEAL PARADISE intervened from october until december 2015 in different spaces in vienna and translated the experiences and materials of the former steps of IDEAL PARADISE as methodical intrusions into the city. in IDEAL PARADISE clash the absent spaces of the previous interventions and performative installations were interrelated in the theatre space of tanzquartier vienna's halle G through sound-recordings, choreographic compositions and body memories. the nomadic urban composition IDEAL PARADISE was spread into the city and played as a choreography of cohabitation and utopian togetherness on different places like a fallow site in the 6th viennese district, the hangar of the second hand shop carla mittersteig, the belvedere and the paths in between. in bucharest IDEAL PARADISE shifting space unfolded an installation that became a performance. urban laboratory IDEAL PARADISE ukraine is built on the performative practice in vienna and will examine the until 2017 the public space in lviv and kiev, taking into account the architectural, political and legal situation in the ukraine. thoughts meet space cairo in vienna was a laboratory and a walk-in installation as a continuation of the same-named installation that was taking place in cairo and was presented at tqw in november 2016 as a research and installation with live performance.
as the final project of the cycle the last IDEAL PARADISE brought together the several steps and the material of the rampant series IDEAL PARADISE in the former loading station in dusseldorf. invited by the goethe-institute indonesien the last IDEAL PARADISE jakarta was an adaption with new material and an installation specifically for jakarta, which premiered february 2020.
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