Breathtaking and widely celebrated:
Sommerszene Salzburg 2017 strikes a balance
"The Sommerszene is again turning the city upside down. It was particularly important for me to invite authoritative choreographic figures, which explicitly deal with music," emphasized Angela Glechner. "The pieces by Meg Stuart, Louise Lecavalier, Claire Croizé and Rosalba Torres Guerrero have impressively demonstrated the aesthetic and formal range of contemporary dance. In addition, the public space has once again proven itself as an exciting venue that brought additional colour to the festival. "
With their choreographic work, numerous artists from this year's Sommerszene have given answers to the world we live in, and at the same time opened up new questions: With breathtaking speed Louise Lecavalier, a French-Canadian dance icon, fathomed the limits of movement in her opening production Battleground. Claire Croizé encouraged her dancers to individually interpret her choreography EVOL, which – based on Rilke's Duino Elegies and the songs of David Bowie – has created a dense web of solos and duets. Meg Stuart, on the other hand, has fascinated the audience with her celebrated masterpiece Built to Last by exploring the scope of trial and failure, the possible and the impossible.
Rosalba Torres Guerrero asked the performers of the BODHI PROJECT company in Long Past questions about their own existence. With his clever and self-ironic choreography, No Dance, No Paradise, Pere Faura artistically told his personal dance story. Lastly, Simon Mayer dealt with the contrast of cultural traditions between folklore and contemporary dance in Sons of Sissy.
The tragicomedy Clean City, in which the cleaning ladies from Athens movingly told their stories of home and migration, by the Greek directors Anestis Azas and Prodromos Tsinikoris was, as expected, the festival’s highlight. The artist duo Navaridas and Deutinger are, among others, artists of the apap network and explored the pervasive traits of Pope Frances in their performance Pontifex, who represents the desire for icons of our time and the approach to them.
Michikazu Matsune, also an apap artist, has proven that it is still very easy to cause a considerable stir in the baroque scenery of Salzburg. At different locations of his performance What the Hell in the old town, one could re-adjust his gaze to the familiar. The artist collective ohnetitel from Salzburg interpreted the Kommunalfriedhof as a place of life in Gärten von Gestern with poetic Tableaux vivants.
"Angela Glechner has once again managed the Sommerszene perfectly. With the help of wonderful Greek cleaning ladies and other brilliant artists, our minds have once more been properly aerated, dusted and freshly covered," says SZENE chairman Peter Hofer. "The lively and concrete questioning campaign, which has turned the whole city into a festival zone in orange and green, has furthermore stimulated us to reflect upon life."
The Sommerszene Salzburg 2018 will take place from 5 to 16 June.