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21st - 25th june 2016 - world premiere, a nomadic urban composition alongside different places in vienna (a). | 17th - 19th november 2016 in dusseldorf, FFT dusseldorf (d). IDEAL PARADISE von claudia bosse / theatercombinat.


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 shifting space
- urban laboratory IDEAL PARADISE ukraine
- the last IDEAL PARADISE düsseldorf/essen
- the last IDEAL PARADISE jakarta

IDEAL PARADISE takes you on a composed journey alongside different places in vienna. claudia bosse unfolds an urban artistic synthesis, in which choreographic interventions of 7 performers and a choir of 20 persons meet the municipal reality. traces of history are revealed and transferred into fantastic constructions. the urban structure is alienated and becomes tangible in all its cruelty, its poetry and utopian potential. an urban composition that plays on odd spaces like the hangar of carla mittersteig as well as the routes between the places.

starting point is a fallow site in the mollardgasse in the 6th district – a "terrain vague", an abandoned gap site in the middle of the city. in the hangar of the second hand shop carla mittersteig the order of the used daily objects builds an archive for unforeseen relations between humans and things. traces of what has been and prospects of what will be. fictions open up new visions and lay like a net over the city und open up new visions. the paths between the places are connected through commun constellations, audio walk, procession and collective strolling.

a performative investigation of possible concepts of cohabitation in a time of political and cultural upheavals. a mutual walk, a re-reading of the urban reality. spectators and performers are strolling through the city and establish situations that are oscillating between temporary communities and impossible encounters.
europe – a paradise? europe – a catastrophe?
how is it possible to live together in the unsettling present time, here and now in europe?

after performances and installations in museums and theatre spaces (a first step to IDEAL PARADISE in the atelier kunstraum krems at the donaufestival, the installation a second step to IDEAL PARADISE and the performance a third step to IDEAL PARADISE at the weltmuseum vienna in the framework of ImPulstanz - Vienna International Dance Festival as well as the the performance IDEAL PARADISE clash at tanzquartier vienna's halle G) IDEAL PARADISE is the final project of the same-named series that has been investigating ways of living together in different formats since 2015. IDEAL PARADISE clash, the previous step in the cycle translated body memories from the urban space that were collected during the urban laboratory IDEAL PARADISE and experiences from the museum into the theatre space. in doing so the theatre space was regarded as a museum itself. the topics and methods developed during this process are spread out again in the urban space and link questions and practices in an extensive composition for several hours by profoundly challenging the relation of paradise and catastrophe and present it in a new light.

for the FFT dusseldorf the complete process of the working cycle will be brought together as the last IDEAL PARADISE as world premiere from 17th until 19th november 2016.

photos: eva würdinger, click to view photo series of the rehearsals

photos: eva würdinger, click to view photo series of the shows

video: klaus karlbauer

concept/ artistic director: claudia bosse; with/ by: günther auer, léonard bertholet, rotraud kern, alexandra sommerfeld, florian tröbinger, ilse urbanek; choir: jad al-mubaraki, cosima baum, sarah binder, marlene grois, monika has, ahmed hashim, anna hirschmann, vicky klug, melanie konrad, bozena kunstek, anne megier, christina maria murer, luzia rux, ahmed saeed, johanna urban, xandi vogler, isabella voicu, monika volk, hayder wahab, michaela wolf, christa zuna-kratky; sound: günther auer; assistant/coordination: viktoria bayer; technical director: paul horn; critical witness: gabrielle cram; artistic management: silke bake; clothing: iva ivanova, anna-sofie lugmeier, evamaria müller; communication/dramaturgical assistant: anna etteldorf; administration: margot wehinger; intern: sara trawöger, dagmar tröstler; sound assistant: juliana lindenhofer; technical support: frederik hocke; volunteers: andreas binder, jose zubiela rodriguez

a production by theatercombinat, in coproduction with FFT dusseldorf, supported by wien kultur and the 3rd, 5th and 6th district of the city of vienna, sponsored by cafe watt, hauserwein. the series IDEAL PARADISE is coproduced by ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival, weltmuseum wien, donaufestival 2015. partners, supporters or accomplices of the projects are amongst others: volkskundemuseum wien, carla mittersteig, belvedere, burghauptmannschaft österreich, bip immobilien development gmbh, pfarrgemeinde st. elisabeth.

project partners of the overall project (katastrophen 11/15) ideal paradise are tanzquartier vienna, FFT dusseldorf, donaufestival, supported by wien kultur, kunststiftung NRW and NPN nationales performance netz in the framework of the series "DECOLONIZE! performative strategies for a (post)colonial age" at FFT, ashkal alwan, CLUSTER, szenenwechsel (robert bosch foundation), workspacebrussels.

21st - 25th june 2016
each day 6pm

meeting point:
mollardgasse 14, 1060 vienna

IDEAL PARADISE shifting space
7th/8th october 2016
installation, performance, workshop by claudia bosse
in the framework of eXplore festival #10, bucharest

17th - 19th november 2016
world premiere in the framework of "international coproductions. living dead - spukgestalten im theater der gegenwart", FFT dusseldorf

in two instense working phases the participants will work together with claudia bosse. the choir will become part of the performances in dusseldorf. there is no prior knowledge in choir or dance required. requirement for the participation in the choir is interest in urban exploration and the joint development of a rhythmic movement and speaking choir as well as a regular temporal commitment: the condition is to take part in rehearsals on blocked dates.

information and registration
: katja grawinkel-claassen: grawinkel@fft-duesseldorf.de
dates :
15th - 20th october: first block
9th - 16th november: second block
17th - 19th november: performances

26th june 2016, 1pm
in an experimental setting with practitioners from disciplines we will trace the topics and methods of the urban composition at mollardgasse 14 - an echo of the performative work that is unfolding alongside a hybrid course.
alongside the topics "object culture and politics of collections. co-existence in spaces of object, subject, object...", "the theatrical of the urban space and its appropriations. possibilities of an ideal society?" and "performative constellations, gestures of appropriation or the production of space" a resonating space of the performance IDEAL PARADISE unfolds: an echo, a critique, an application with the attendants that reacts on the performance and suggests an extended performative reflection on one of its topics. the participants daniel aschwanden, monika meister, ursula maria probst and herbert justnik create different settings in which the urban composition is re-thought, critically read or scrutinized. a game, an experimental space, a zone of negotiation, a model or a way of experiencing an idea / a concept.

rethinking photo: claudia bosse, click to view photo series


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.


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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