Paula is loneliness, constriction, an unhoused existence - and the attempt to remember, to bethink one’s origins, the essentials. Being on one’s own, a human among metallic items, life among lifeless materials. At times, the limitations hurt, at times there is a kind of self-sufficient pleasure, then fury bursts out and suddenly the borders seem to disappear by force of evocation. Fantasy blasts everything that confines the quest for what really counts.
During her last production Iris Heitzinger sang „Hoamatlandl” (“home country”), thus hitting a nerve in Editta Braun, coming from Upper Austria like her. She had been wanting to work with this charismatic young dancer and choreographer for a long time whose moving qualities she appreciates as well as her choreographies. The overdue collaboration is actually delighting both of them through a deep complicity that feeds on their common origins, on rural-provincial socialization and joint memories. Working in dialect opens supplementary dimensions of mutual understanding.
Two novels serve as a source of inspiration: In „Die Wand“ Marlene Haushofer, Upper Austrian-born like them, writes about a woman who is suddenly thrown back on herself in the solitude of the mountains, among animals, cut off the rest of the world – or whatever is left of it. In Sten Nadolny’s „Ein Gott der Frechheit“ Editta Braun was fascinated by the role of metal as an embodiment of modern life, symbol for the appropriation of nature by mankind. Starting from here, in a space invented by Arturas Valudskis and with the support of Thierry Zaboitzeff’s compositions, Editta Braun and Iris Heitzinger create together a small world, in which there is astonishingly much space for humanity.
Solo, 50 min.
dance, creation, performance: Iris Heitzinger
composition: Thierry Zaboitzeff
dramaturgy: Gerda Poschmann-Reichenau
stage-set: Arturas Valudskis
lightdesign: Thomas Hinterberger
artistic direction: Editta Braun
Supported by Austrian Ministry of Culture, City of Salzburg, Region of Salzburg, tanz_house Salzburg
editta braun company
Since 1989 editta braun company has been a guest at renowned festivals all over Europe, in Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, Tunesia, Senegal, Uzbekistan, Russia, India and Japan. The process of creating emphasizes on the equal collaboration of artists from different disciplines. In this way dancers, actors, musicians, lightdesigners, visual artists join the company to collaborate under the same umbrella.
From 1996 onwards the creation of her pieces has been inseparably connected with the music of composer Thierry Zaboitzeff. Moreover carismatic dancers as Anna Maria Müller, Dante Murillo and many others contribute their creativity to the company’s projects since several years. Thomas Hinterberger and Peter Thalhamer join the company’s forces since 1998 with light-designing.
editta braun company’s work is opposing the meshes of network of systemically legitimised constraints, that is gradually creeping into our everyday lives, by exposing themselves to conditions of production in the socalled third world. Artistic productions and collaborations in India, Uzbekistan, Egypt, Senegal, Greece: this is not just the experience of a reality “outside” - it is also the bringing-back of these experiences into the increasingly hermetic space of our societies.
Editta Braun - artistic direction
1958 in Austria, pioneer of contemporary choreography in Austria. Academic degree in Science of Sports and German Language and Literature (University of Salzburg). Studied dance in Paris and New York, teaches at the University of Salzburg and at the Anton Bruckner Private University Linz. Has created more than 30 productions (physical theater, dance) and tours world-wide with her company. Characteristics: intercultural collaborations, politically engaged, feminist view on society and theater. International Prize of Arts and Culture of the City of Salzburg in 2014.