With Solos and duets, choreographer and dancer Meg Stuart and her company Damaged Goods add a new chapter to their repertoire. Revisiting both the past and the present, the program combines a selection of solo works and duets* with excerpts from evening-length pieces** creating a new performance. Performed by dancers and musicians who have been part of Damaged Goods for several years, Solos and duets offers a glimpse into an oeuvre that continues to live, grow and transform. Meg Stuart founded her company Damaged Goods in Brussels in 1994. Together they have worked on over thirty productions, ranging from solos to large-scale choreographies and from improvisation projects to site-specific installations. Meg Stuart’s VIOLET was presented in Moving in November 2013 edition.
* Signs of Affection, Inflamável
** No One is Watching, Built to Last, UNTIL OUR HEARTS STOP
Meg Stuart was born in New Orleans, USA. She studied dance at New York University and continued her studies at Movement Research laboratory, where she explored numerous release techniques and was actively involved in the downtown New York dance scene. Stuart’s work revolves around the idea of an uncertain body, one that is both vulnerable and self-reflexive. She strives to develop a new language for every piece in collaboration with artists from different creative disciplines and is constantly looking for new presentation contexts and territories for dance. The work of Meg Stuart and Damaged Goods has travelled the international dance and theatre circuit and has been presented at Documenta X in Kassel (1997), at Manifesta7 in Bolzano (2008) and at PERFORMA09 in New York. She has received various awards for her oeuvre and practice, amongst which the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in the category of dance at the Biennale de Venezia 2018. She currently lives and works in Brussels, Belgium, and Berlin, Germany.
Choreography: Meg Stuart
Performers: Márcio Kerber Canabarro, Vânia Rovisco, Maria F. Scaroni, Claire V. Sobottke
Live music: Marc Lohr, les trucs (Charlotte Simon and Toben Piel)
Technical direction: Jitske Vandenbussche
Stage manager: Kobe Le Duc
Lighting design: Emanuelle Petit
Sound: Richard König
Tour manager: Delphine Vincent
Production: Damaged Goods
Supported by: the Flemish Government and the Flemish Community Commission
Visit supported by: NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, Goethe-Institut Finnland and German Federal Foreign Office.
Visit in collaboration: with Espoo City Theatre
Photo: Anja Beutler