Broken Spaces Are More Likely - Act 1
Long term project investigating the potential synergy of spatial transformation and performative acts.
Broken Spaces Are More Likely accompanies and reflects the renovation process of the Alte Reithalle, an old Military Riding School in Aarau, Switzerland. The twenty by seventy meters long hall is being refurbished to serve as a cultural space for theatre, dance, music and contemporary circus. The project exposes temporal spaces, to then construct performative scenes. In various acts and on different scales, Broken Spaces Are More Likely responds to the architectural, political and cultural factors imposed by the process of renovation.
Act 1: Deconstruction
For the opening of the first act the public was invited to start the deconstruction process by dismantling the interior fittings. The visitors of the Open Space chose from a selection of analog tools and independently dissected the space within a designated area. Over four days the lust for destruction turned into a collective construction activity, leaving behind a bizarre and broken landscape.
In a final performance, the public gallery of the Alte Reithalle was deconstructed, moved and destroyed. The centrally located wooden bridge was parted into three equal parts: The middle part was shifted by thirty meters to the west, opening up a new view across the hall and creating a valley for the audience to cross the space. The two remaining parts got dissected by the two performers.
One hour - two years
Artistic Direction, Performance: Elias Kurth / Performance: Jacob Ingram-Dodd / Sound: Daniel Steiner / Light, Construction Supervisor: Nik Friedli / Communication, Dramaturgy: Anouk Gyssler / Assistant: Noah Schweizer / Production: Elias Raum, Wernli Performance
Aargauer Kuratorium, Stadt Aarau, Godi Hertig Stiftung, Hans und Lina Blattner Stiftung
In Cooperation with
Stadtbauamt Aarau, Barão-Hutter.Atelier, FARA (Freunde Alte Reithalle Aarau), All participants of the Open Space
Elias Kurth (b. 1984 in Aarau, Switzerland) is an artist, performer and architect based in Berlin. Working across these disciplines, Elias Kurth explores the tensions between fictional and factual spaces, between individual fantasies and societal realities.
The projects vary in scale, duration and media, and always draw from the human body as a source of knowledge. Using movement as a thinking tool, Kurth develops intersections between performance, architecture and visual arts. His curiosity for the yet unknown and a strong sense for spaces and emotions create situational poignant experiences. The work, ranging from sensitive gestures to brute physical acts, reveals his playful reading of internal and external realities and their conflicts.
Elias Kurth graduated from London Contemporary Dance School ‘The Place’ (2009) and worked with several choreographers such as Lea Anderson, Requardt&Rosenberg or Compagnie Shifts. He graduated as an architect from the University of the Arts (UdK) in Berlin (2018) where he studied amongst others with Jean-Philippe Vassal, Enrique Sobejano, and Alexandra Ranner. He has worked as an architect for Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation and Compagnie KHZ. His own work has been shown in the United Kingdom, Poland, Germany and Switzerland.
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