premiere at Schauspiel Leipzig, Leipzig
CONVERSATIONS OUT OF PLACE
27, 28 October and 2,3,4 November 2017
With this new piece, Ivana Müller, in collaboration with Hélène Iratchet, Julien Lacroix, Anne Lenglet and Vincent Weber, proposes a reflection on the world we live in, by taking our relation to nature as point of departure. Inspired by the 18th century literary genre « conte philosophique », Conversations Out of Place is an allegory that takes place in an unusual and slightly absurd universe in which a group of human beings wander the same path together for days, weeks, months, years, constantly keeping their common sense of direction but slowly losing the idea of their final destination. Interpreted by four humans and a plant, empowered by the spectators’ gaze,Conversations Out of Place function as a bubbling ecosystem that produces interactions, symbiosis, waste, pollution, creating a biodiversity in a permanent state of transformation.
Conversations Out of Place is co-produced and supported by Ménagerie de verre, as part of the 2017 residency (Paris, FR) – Schauspiel Leipzig / Residenz (Leipzig, DE) – La Villette (Paris, FR) – Kunstencentrum BUDA (Courtrai, BE) – Le Phare, Centre chorégraphique national du Havre Normandie (Le Havre, FR) – Szene Salzburg (Salzburg, AT) – ADAMI – DRAC Ile-de-France – Fonds Transfabrik, French-German Fund for the performing arts.
Ivana Müller is a choreographer, artist and author of texts.
She was born in Zagreb and grew up in Croatia and in Amsterdam. She lives in Paris and works internationally.
Ivana Müller curates artistic and discursive encounters and lectured/lectures as a guest lecturer/professor (at, amongst others, Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam, School For New Dance Development, Amsterdam, Institute For Applied Theatre Studies Giessen, Université Paris 8, Performance Studies – University of Hamburg etc.).
Through her choreographic and theatre work ( performances, installations, text works, video-lectures, audio pieces, guided tours and web-works )she re-thinks the politics of spectacle and spectacular, re-visits the place of imaginary and imagination, questions the notion of « participation », investigates the idea of value and its representation, and keeps on getting inspired by the relationship between performer and spectator. Although she creates through various forms, theatre remains the principle context in which she develops and presents her work. Her pieces – among others How Heavy Are My Thoughts (2003), Under My Skin (2005), While We Were Holding It Together(2006), Playing Ensemble Again And Again (2008), Working Titles (2010), 60 Minutes of Opportunism (2010), Partituur (2011), In Common (2012), We are Still Watching (2012-2015), Positions (2013), Edges (2016) – have been produced and presented in some of the major theatre festivals and venues in Europe, USA and Asia , over the last 12 years. Her work has been occasionally shown in visual art contexts (Venice Biennale 2015, among others).
In her practice she has collaborated and colleborates with artists and theoreticians such as Bojana Kunst, David Weber Krebs, Andrea Bozic, Jonas Rutgeerts, Jefta van Dinther, Bill Aitchison, Paz Rojo, Sarah van Lamsweerde, Christine de Smedt and many others. In 2007 Müller received the Charlotte Koehler Prize from the Prins Bernhard Fund (NL) for her oeuvre, as well as the Impulse Festival & Goethe Institute Prize for her piece While We Were Holding It Together. That same year, the piece was also nominated for the Dutch VSCD prize for best performance of the year.
Next to her artistic practice,Ivana Müller curates artistic and discursive encounters and lectured/lectures as a guest lecturer/professor (at, amongst others, Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam, School For New Dance Development, Amsterdam, Institute For Applied Theatre Studies Giessen, Université Paris 8, Performance Studies – University of Hamburg etc.).