A long term project investigating in three acts the potential synergy of spatial transformation and performance. The project responds to the architectural, political and cultural factors imposed by the process of renovation of the the Alte Reithalle, an old Military Riding School into a cultural space in Aarau, Switzerland.

Act 3 = Raw Stage
Raw Stage explores the performative potential of the construction site at the moment of its tipping point between old and new.
Rough concrete floor, omnipresent scaffolding, unauthorised spaces, permeable area, the characteristics of the building become part of the performative material. Between an expedition, construction work and architectural tour - the performers explore the rough edges of a yet to be defined stage.

One hour - two years

Elias Kurth (Direction/Performance), Jacob Ingram-Dodd (Performance), Daniel Steiner (Live-Sound:), Nik Friedli (Light), Anouk Gyssler (Communication/Dramaturgy), Noah Schweizer, Stephan Wespi, Elisha Witschard (Assistants), Elias Raum, Wernli Performance (Production)

Bühne Aarau

Stadtbauamt Aarau, Kujtim Berisha, Barão-Hutter.Atelier, FARA (Freunde Alte Reithalle Aarau)

Aargauer Kuratorium, Stadt Aarau, Godi Hertig Stiftung, Hans und Lina Blattner Stiftung


‣ January 11 - 16

Cy-Co. The Cyborg Condition
Residency - Théâtre du Marché aux Grains, Bouxwiller, France

‣ July - October

Studio Grant Paris 2021


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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