During the left-wing dance realism of the 1930s a number of dance groups – especially in New York, but also in Europe – assembled under the umbrella artist organization Workers Dance League articulating their demands on (work place) equality and social justice through dance scores. Dance was conceived of a mechanism to form a political subject on the basis of suffering and pain, and choreography became a language to organize and affirm a collective subject based on shared aesthetic experience.
In “Rebel Bodies – The Edna Poe Club” the artist Johanna Bruckner continues her long term research on the organization of a collective body. Episode One of her ongoing video installation is the result of a new pedagogy of dissent, in which a few performers from a school of contemporary dance in Hamburg investigate the historical legacies of the Workers Dance League that is being re-articulated in a collectively written script of scores. Staged at the Hafencity in Hamburg in 2015, an emerging centre of capital in the city, Bruckner examines the organization of a social body in the age of (and in reference to) post-financial crisis.
Images of construction sides contrast with the glossy surfaces of capital-saturated new architecture. This playground is actualized by the performers as a battlefield between individual competition and collective operation, which determines their lives as performerers in the age of “labour as dissolution”.
In this semi-delegated performance, hired dancers invent a sccore seeking to organize their movement as a collective endeavor; set against the context of real estate at the waterfront architecture in the Hafencity in Hamburg.
Concept: Johanna Bruckner
Choreography: Ursina Tossi in collaboration with Johanna Bruckner,
Performers: Hedda Parkkonen, David Espinosa, Roberta Ceppaglia