Performance dedicated to the human scale.
The act of measuring with the body becomes a performance, breaking spatial patterns and reconstructing its elements. In a rigid grid of twenty-five wooden blocks two performers measure the in between spaces with their bodies. The measurements slowly transform into abstract movements. The bodies no longer fit into the regular pattern and start to rearrange the blocks to give new freedom to their movement. Dancing becomes constructing, to then turn into measuring again. As moving and constructing become inseparable, the bodies draw temporary maps in space.
Scenography, Performance: Elias Kurth / Performance: Irène Wernli / Music: Mika Vainio, Elias Kurth
ProHelvetia, Avant Art Festival
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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