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ImageTanz Festival 2015

"Imagetanz festival" presents radical and playful performances of local but als international artists which often premiere their work for the first time here in vienna.

For more then 20 years this unique festival provides artists with a public platform to present their work.
This years festival host BRUT is proud to announce six coproductions, amoung them five of local austrian artists, and five guest performances among them three austrian premieres!

For the first time this year the festival invited students from the university of fine arts to show their work during infront of a public audience.

Here are some Performances we think you should not miss ;)


After their absurdly humorous appearance at the 2013 imagetanz festival with their furniture assembly act Never Name the Shelf, Sööt/Zeyringer once again invite the audience to discover their unique and minimalist performance cosmos. 

In lonely lonely, they investigate the tension between desired and undesired loneliness, the need for human warmth and the simultaneous need for privacy. Using dry humour, subtle irony and cardboard boxes, the two performers create a rhythmic-choreographic dialogue on being lonesome and being together, while in the midst of minimalist and accurate execution, moments of surprise and poetry flare up.

The artist duo Tiina Sööt and Dorothea Zeyringer deals with performance at the intersection of visual arts and dance. In their works, the two artists try to find beauty, poetry, wit and absurdity in every-day objects, acts and language. 

Brut Künstlerhaus Karlsplatz 5

13th of March14th of March

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Concept Sööt/Zeyringer 

Performance Tiina Sööt, Dorothea Zeyringer 

Dramaturgical consultation Anat Stainberg, Andrea Salzmann 

Light design Andrea Salzmann 
Costume design Laia Fabre 
Sound Masha Dabelka 
Production assistant Anna Spanlang

In the Cold Light of Darkness Something's Gonna Die a.k.a. Ugly piece of Shit
Milan Loviska

In the Cold Light of Darkness Something’s Gonna Die is an unsettling dream and the Viennese axe massacre in 17 minutes. Milan Loviška has his audience trembling with dread and fear and evokes anxiety and tension without a narrative. 

In a sheer tour de force, he interweaves horror film effects, occultism, sexually charged fantasies, surrealism and deep disturbance with the archetypical horror film characters of the serial killer or psychopath. Without spilling a single drop of (fake) blood, Milan Loviška makes the audience’s blood to freeze when he conjures up a latent visceral fantasy about removal of repression and expansion of the frontiers of reality.
Slovakian artist Milan Loviška lives in Vienna and works in the fields of dance and performance. 

He studied contemporary dance and psychology in Prague and Amsterdam and received the danceWEB scholarship of the ImPulsTanz festival in 2011. 
Milan Loviška devises his own projects in collaboration with his long-standing partner in crime, Otto Krause, and he also works with artists such as Jérôme Bel, Doris Uhlich and Deborah Hazler. www.loviska.com
Brut Künstlerhaus Karlsplatz 5

Tuesday 10th of March
Wednesday 11th of March

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Concept and performance Milan Loviška 
Music Jakub Królikowski 
Costume design and outside eye Otto Krause 

Ingri Fiksdal / Signe Becker (Oslo)

“An intense and out-of-the-ordinary experience – HOODS communicates with the audience in a way I’ve never experienced before. It avoids representation and creates in collaboration with the audience a collective ceremony where you emotionally fluctuate between fascination, unease and harmony.” Ragni Vik Johnsen, Radio Nova (Oslo)

In the twilight zone between performance and installation, HOODS manifests itself as a meeting in a secret and so-far unknown universe, in which the boundaries between performer and spectator, choreography and scenography become blurred. 

In their performance Night Tripper, which took place in the summer of 2012 as part of the brut festival Up to Nature in the Vienna Woods, Ingri Fiksdal and Signe Becker already proved they have a feel for atmospheric situations and suspenseful settings beyond the traditional stage. Their new piece HOODS tackles the phenomenon of the “uncanny valley”, feelings of revulsion or unease people experience when confronted with figures that look almost human, but are inanimate. 

The audience is invited to move about freely in a performative space of moving bodies, light and sound and discover the dark corners of an atmospheric-psychedelic landscape. HOODS plays with the boundaries between the human and the non-human and disorients the senses. The performance thus unfolds to become a collective ceremony, in which the spectators experience their environment and bodies in an extraordinarily intensive way.
Ingri Fiksdal’s works largely focus on perception and affectivity, e.g. of bodies and body shapes. 

The audience is always integrated in the action to create temporary constellations and alliances between performers and spectators. Signe Becker is a freelance stage designer and visual artist. Her works include designs for classical theatre and dance productions as well as her own creations, such as installations and videos. For HOODS, the two artists received the award of the Norwegian Critics’ Association. 

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Brut Künstlerhaus Karlsplatz 5

20th of March
21st of March

Choreography Ingri Midgard Fiksdal 
Stage design Signe Becker 
Music Camilla Vatne Barratt-Due 
Light design Tilo Hahn 
Performers Ingeleiv Berstad, Kristin Helgebostad, Pernille Holden, Irene Theisen, Eivind Seljeseth 
Costume design Signe Becker, Anette Nan Lindrupsen 
Tour management/distribution Nicole Schuchardt


Simon Mayer
“This is a man we should keep in mind!” Die Presse

"SONS OF SISSY" is not part of the Festival but SIMON MAYER launched his first work at BRUT WIEN before a sold out audience - we are VERY much looking forward to his new piece!

After Falter magazine listed Simon Mayer’s solo performance SunBengSitting in its end-of-the-year review as one of the top theatre productions of 2014, describing it as an “ingenious, nakedly yodelling interplay of folk and contemporary dance”, Simon Mayer is now back on the brut stage with his new group performance Sons of Sissy

In the focus is that universe of traditions, folk dances and folk music from which the Upper Austrian country lad Simon Mayer originates. In an experimental manner, four performers and musicians make use of traditional alpine live music, various group dances and ritualised practices. 

Liberating them from conservativism and conventions, they establish an unseen fusion of artistic re-interpretations and temporary social attributions of meaning. Defying categorisation and pigeonholing, the Sons of Sissy do everything they can to live up to their name as they conduct themselves as part weird folk-music quartet, part experimentally playful ritual dance combo, using humour to radically disrupt the hackneyed male role models in old traditions.
Simon Mayer works as a performance artist, choreographer and musician and is one of the artistic directors of the Spiel art festival on the organic farm Schlossergütl in Upper Austria. Most recently, he toured numerous venues in Europe with his piece SunBengSitting

Brut Künstlerhaus Karlsplatz 5

9th of April
12th of April

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Idea, choreography, performance, music Simon Mayer 
Performance, music Matteo Haitzmann, Patric Redl, Manuel Wagner 
Special instruments Hans Tschiritsch
Stage and costume design Andrea Simeon 
Light Martin Walitza 
Sound Rene Ringo Grömer 
Artistic consultant Frans Poelstra 
Production Sophie Schmeiser, Elisabeth Hirner



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