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Laboratory of Movement ECoC 2016 | Tanz Company Gervasi

Date: 29 May 2016
at 7:00 p.m.
Venue: National Forum of Music / Red Hall
Plac Wolności 1, Wroclaw
World premiere: December 2015, Tanzquartier Wien co-production.

Laboratory of Movement ECoC 2016 / Let the Artist [NOT] Die. Exchange

“What kind of Animal is?”
Choreography: Elio Gervasi
Assistant choreographer: Nicoletta Cabassi
Dance/choreography: Yukie Koji, Hannah Timbrell, Alessandra Ruggeri, Yun Yeh, Dominik Feistmantl 
Music/composition: Albert Castello
Light/design: Markus Schwarz
Management: Roma Hurey

The search for an association between a human being and animals has always been the subject of human observations. We feel relieved – we are not alone in our behaviour. Tanz Company Gervasi presents the social micro-processes, forms of relationships and ties, loneliness and seeing each other. Forms of contact, touch, rituals. Groups come to life and disband almost as quickly. Their rituals are then changed permanently. The outsiders back off and develop their short-lived rituals of loneliness. The group provides safety, care and emotional closeness, taking a role of a work collective or even a family. Someone who becomes an outsider breaks their rules through emotions. Breaks their own limits. If that outsider is then accepted back to the group, they transform it. Very often we associate this with group behaviours of animals, a gathering herd, an upcoming fight for territory or just playing. Gervasi notices and observes those patterns in our industrial society, interprets them, exaggerates, cumulates and releases them. At the same time, he draws from the model of mutual relations that inspired him, a Japanese video titled “insane swimmingpools” which shows thousands of people gathered in a large pool, animated by a metre-tall artificial tide.


The programme is carried out in collaboration with ECoC 2016, Dance and Music Institute, Department of Culture of Wrocław Municipal Office
ECoC 2016 Curator of the Laboratory of Movement – Adam Kamiński 
Curators of the project: Let the Artist [NOT] Die. Exchange – Roma Hurey, Adam Kamiński, Anna Królica
Co-organiser of the performance: National Forum of Music
The realisation of the performance was made possible thanks to the financial support of: INTPA – INTERNATIONAL NET FOR DANCE AND PERFORMANCE AUSTRIA – Tanzquartier Wien, BKA and BMEIA“
Patronage: Austrian Cultural Forum, Institute of Music and Dance

Tanz Company Gervasi/ Elio Gervasi / Austria
Tanz Company Gervasi was founded in Vienna in 1987 by Elio Gervasi. He studied classical dance in Rome, modern dance with Peter Goss, Merce Cunningham, José Limon, Louis Falco and Susanne Linke, as well as Contemporary Dance, Contact Improvisation and Release Technique. Over the course of 28 years, Tanz Company Gervasi created over 50 productions, which were presented at numerous festivals in Austria and abroad. Gervasi was awarded many distinctions by the culture and art section of the Federal Chancellery, including the award for best production in 2003.
 He was a guest-choreographer for different companies and theatres: P.L.Dance Company, Bühnenwerkstatt-Company Graz, Saarländisches Staatstheater, for the Vienna State Opera Ballet and for the Ballet- School of the Vienna State Opera. He has twice created contemporary dance choreography that opened the summer season in Museumquartier Wien. In the Mozart Year he created a co-production with Tanzquartier Wien Fazil Say (LiveMusik), in 2011-2015 he presented his creations at ImPulsTanz Special and ImPulsTanz Festival. In December 2015, a world premiere of “What kind of Animals is?”, a co-production with Tanzquartier Wien took place. The performance will be presented as part of a project in Wrocław.
Moreover, Elio Gervasi is a councillor in the Theatre and Performing Arts section of the Federal Chancellery.
“What kind of Animals is?” is a choreographic work, in which the borders between contemporary dance, performance and conceptual art were broken and crushed, just like stereotypes connected with animal in a human being. Aristotle once said “a human being is a social animal”. Is it still true these days? Gervasi approaches this with auto-irony, reaching towards tradition, avant-garde, surrealism and Dadaism in his creations.


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