coaching: Philipp Gehmacher
produced by: Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk
walk+talk is a lecture performance series initiated by the Austrian choreographer and dancer Philipp Gehmacher in 2008. In walk+talks choreographers are invited to create a solo work that makes the moving and talking run parallel. The topic is the artists’ concepts, the individual understanding of their body-in-motion and the history of their practice.
Over 20 artists have participated in five editions of the project that have taken place in Vienna, Brussels, Stockholm, Reykyavik and Berlin by far. The Poznań edition of walk+talk will include four solo lecture performances, split among two evenings, by choreographers living and working in Berlin, Stockholm and Warsaw.
"walk marks the time that passes, the time needed by movement to unfurl itself. talk stands for the assertion, announcement or speaking out, as well as for the complexity of voicing the truths that constitutes one, that one embodies, truths that both gain and lose meaning in their being expressed."
Philipp Gehmacher, excerpt programme note walk+talk, Tanzquartier Wien, March 2008
“walk+talk is a practice and method for doing and sharing in a public context as much as a practice that says something about one's practice. It is sometimes less about description and explanation than about the desire to speak becoming a gesture itself, a gesture of utterance running parallel to the movement. Maybe different forms of speech will appear, and some things will be better left unnamed."
Philipp Gehmacher, programme note walk+talk, Kaaistudio's Brussels, March 2011
The transcriptions of 27 walk+talks by 21 different choreographers are available on the Belgian website for multi-modal documentation called Oralsite.
Alice Chauchat lives in Berlin and works as a choreographer, performer, teacher, editor and other activities related to choreography. She created performances together with a.o. Louise Trueheart, Anne Juren, Alix Eynaudi and performed/collaborated in project by a.o. Jennifer Lacey, Xavier le Roy, Mårten Spångberg, Juan Dominguez. She co-developed numerous choreographic projects and platforms for knowledge production and exchange in the performing arts (everybodystoolbox.net, teachback vienna, praticable, nobody's business etc.). In 2010-2012 she co-directed Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, a centre for artistic research in the Parisian suburbs. 2017-19 Alice is guest professor at HZT Berlin.
Philipp Gehmacher lives in Vienna and works inter-nationally. He is a choreographer, dancer and student at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in the “Sculpture and Space” programme whose works on gesture, space and touch have featured in numerous festivals and venues around the world. He has collaborated across art forms, most importantly with the choreographer Meg Stuart. Gehmacher initiated the lecture performance series walk+talk and is currently focusing on objects and sculpture. He received the renowned Jerwood Choreography Award and the Austrian Advancement Award for Dance from the BMUKK.
Frédéric Gies is an artist in the dance field, based in Stockholm. He is head of programme of the MA in choreography at Stockholm University of the Arts. He creates his pieces alone or in collaboration with other choreographers (Anna Pehrsson, Jefta van Dinther, DD Dorvillier, Manuel Pelmus, Isabelle Schad, Alice Chauchat, Frédéric de Carlo, and Odile Seitz) or with artists from other disciplines (Fiedel, Anton Stoianov, Daniel Jenatsch, Andrea Keiz, Gavin Youngs). He also danced in pieces of other choreographers such as Cristina Caprioli, Jefta van Dinther, Antonja Livingstone, Petra Sabisch and Isabelle Schad. His latest works are tightly connected to techno music and to his club and rave experiences. In all of them, he collaborates with the Dj Fiedel as well as with the visual artist Anton Stoianov.
Anna Nowicka is a choreographer and a performer. She studied dance at Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD), and at the HfS Ernst-Busch/HZT in Berlin (MA in Choreography). She also majored in psychology at the University of Warsaw. Her artistic explorations focus on the relationship between the dreaming and the dancing body, and on the choreography of the imagined. She is a dream opening practitioner at the School of Images of Catherine Shainberg, expanding her research through intense imagery work with Bonnie Buckner and movement practice with Rosalind Crisp. She divides her life between Berlin and Poland.
Maria (Marysia) Stokłosa is a choreographer and a dancer. She studied at the London Contemporary Dance School and at the School of New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam. She collaborates with many artists: Wojtek Ziemilski (Come Together), Meg Foley (Action is Primary), Magdalena Ptasznik i Marta Ziółek (The Golden Demons), Peter Pleyer (Moving the Mirror), Iza Szostak, Wojtek Pustoła (Ecdyis), Maija Reeta Raumanni, Jeremy Wade, amongst others. She made choreography for Pawel Mykietyn’s opera The Magic Mountain. Stokłosa is very active in the development of Warsaw experimental dance scene - as a teacher and an initiator of various educational projects, as a leader of Burdag Foundation and as a co-creator of Centrum w Ruchu (Center in Motion).