“Dis_Sylphide”, as a title, conjoins words “dis-abled” and “sylph(ide)” to point out that historically, as well as nowadays, disabled are present through their absence in dance, just as sylphs are - the invisible bodiless beings of air, the mythological figures in literature and iconic ballets (La Sylphide, 1832; Les Sylphides, 1909). The absence of disabled in dance points to the problem of representational structures in dance, and normative mechanisms in arts, culture and society.
“Dis_Sylphide” is a disability dance performance with six disabled artists, it will be an intervention into the current dance scene – and dance history - by its minoritarian subjects: disabled artists.
Disabled dance artists will work together with their non-disabled colleagues on seminal choreographies from German dance history, which introduced new concepts of (dance) bodies that are still politically relevant for the marginal position of disabled people today.
Concept: Saša Asentić
Artistic collaboration: Alexandre Achour, Olivera Kovačević Crnjanski and Natalija Vladisavljević.
Performance: Natalija Vladisavljević, Jelena Stefanovska, Snežana Bulatović, Dalibor Šandor, Marko Bašica, Thomas Möller, Celina Scharff, Tom Reinecke, Liv Henriette Neuman, Alexandre Achour, Olivera Kovačević Crnjanski, Frosina Dimovska, Dunja Crnjanski and Saša Asentić
„Witch Dance“ libretto and poems: Natalija Vladisavljević
Dramaturgy consultation: Marcel Bugiel
Artistic assistance: Frosina Dimovska
Production assistance: Nataša Murge Savić
Costume advice: Marina Sremac
Coproduction: Kampnagel, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, MIKUB e.V. and Per.Art
Funded by: Aktion Mensch and NATIONALE PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN)
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