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15 – 20 may 2017 applied poetics in urban space – choreographic interventions in urban space, kyiv (ukr). by claudia bosse / theatercombinat in cooperation with urban curators kyiv. in the framework of the performative research urban laboratory IDEAL PARADISE ukraine

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workshop diary (ukr)

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-article about claudia bosse's work in art ukraine, july 2017
-interview with claudia bosse in art ukraine, may 2017

in the framework of
urban laboratory IDEAL PARADISE ukraine

applied poetics in urban space is a series of choreographic interventions in urban space that will explore 5 different areas in kyiv (obolon, teremky, maidan, moskovska und kontraktova) with the contribution of citizens. non-spaces, dysfunctional spaces, urban wounds and symbolic spaces will be compared and their potentials will be explored. the body will become an instrument, the public space will become an open studio of physical learning: what are the practices and the rhythms inscribed in spaces and in our bodies, the inscribed spatial practice? how can we use our body as a tool to disrupt functionalities and normatives of daily routines? how can we create resistant communities with our bodies? the tactics of this open studio practice will be documented, published online and spread via the participants.

the body is thereby the location and the archive of space experience and at the same time provides the potential for individual and collective practices. we will develop in situ choreographies that occur as temporal appropriation of the public space. they interrupt the rhythmic composition of the urban. the individual body thereby becomes public, takes over a place and appears (as a condition of the political) by learning and widening the inscriptions of urban reality. the workshop is a physical observation, it is an urban experimentation, it is a school of consciousness. it is a language of possibilities and a subversion of normative structures. it is a social sculpture which will permanently shift its contours, bring them into question by the constructive energy of all of its participants.

public space is understood as a place for permanent negotiations in this project. we believe in the coproduction of space by everyone, in the copresence of a multitude of networks and narratives in the urban space, in the layers of different usage of places without territorial marks and in the permanent activity which makes space liquid and not monumentalized.

the workshop is conceptualized and led by the german artist claudia bosse who is working on the co-authorship of space for artistic practice. she is a choreographer, theatre director and artist, internationally creating performances, multimedia installations and urban interventions. she is the artistic director of the transdisciplinary company theatercombinat in vienna and berlin.

urban curators as the local partner of this project is an independent, interdisciplinary agency that works in the field of architecture, urbanism and cultural management in kiyv. their mission is to create and revitalize urban space for public benefit, with the involvement of all stakeholders. they are confident that space is a result of joint interdisciplinary effort. they believe in public potential and support the right for the city.

applied poetics in urban space is part of the performative research urban laboratory IDEAL PARADISE ukraine in kyiv and kharkiv.

photo: claudia bosse, click to view photo series

artistic director: claudia bosse; sound/media: günther auer; in collaboration with: urban curators: nastya ponomaryova, iryna yakovchuk; production manager kyiv: nin khodorivsko, oksana potapova; research: oleksandr vynogradov; communication theatercombinat: vicky klug; production manager theatercombinat: margot wehinger

with: piotr armianovski, kateryna buchatska, oleksandra davydenko lidiia demchenko, slavik fokin, polina gurska, oleksandra khalepa, marina, alyona mamay, dan voronov, lena om, stanislava ovchinnikova, nadia parfan, kateryna ponomarenko, jürgen rendl, olena rosstalna

a production by theatercombinat, in collaboration with urban curators kyiv, supported by wien kultur, austrian cultural forum kyiv, change of scene / robert bosch stiftung in cooperation with the german centre of the international theatre institute and the austrian federal chancellery. goethe institute supports urban curators for the transcriptions of applied poetics in urban space.

"applied poetics in urban space"– choreographic interventions in kyiv:
15th – 20th mai, 2 – 7pm
a project by claudia bosse, in collaboration with urban curators

presentation in vienna:
19th–22th april 2018

"about the political dimension of interventions in public space" – presentation by claudia bosse + panel discussion with hanna bondar (acting director of the department of city construction and architecture of kiev)
5th may 2017, 6pm
department of urban planning and architecture, university kyiv, khreshchatyk street 32, 01601 kyiv

urban laboratory IDEAL PARADISE ukraine 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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