Newsletter – Tanja Liedtke Foundation
Geoffrey Watson in Geoffrey's Corpse. Photo: Agustin Farias
Tanja Liedtke Fellow 2019 Geoffrey Watson
Geoffrey's words after finishing the residency:
„This residency has been one of the most intense experiences of my life. It has forced me to be extremely honest with finding out exactly what is important to me as an artist, and what kind of work I long to see onstage. Because of this commitment to process, emotional honesty, craft and and a conviction not to rely on gimmicks and theatrical conventions, Geoffrey's Corpse went in a completely unexpected direction to what I could ever have imagined.“
About his work Geoffrey gave the following text:
"By way of a synopsis/explanation of this work: I have been continuing to develop my interest in the task of fully integrating the art forms of design and choreography into one another, to create new forms of work which can't clearly be defined as either. for this project, I had taken the imagery-based process that I spoke to in my application, and attempted to find ways of making the living body into a superficial/artificial image, that can be abstracted from the body and worn again by it as a costume or fashionable accessory."
Alice Heyward, danceWeb Vienna 2019
Short review from Alice
"To return to Impulstanz this summer for the danceWEB scholarship, this time in the role of the 'frog' (the webber who has done this intensive program before in a different group context) grounded and expanded my practice through exposure to inspiring artists, methodologies and matters. Anne Juren and Annie Dorsen (in conversation with Mette Ingvartsen), this year's mentors, created a frame for soft and abundant exchange among a group of 45 international artists congregating for the long-lasting affair. My experience this year reflected my artistic development since 2016, when I was a danceWEBber through Tino Sehgal's mentorship.
Workshops with Anne Juren, Philipp Gehmacher, Mette Edvartsen, Jonathon Burrows, Will Rawls, Bryana Fritz and Michiel Vandevelde facilitated fresh avenues for me to practice through anatomical imagination, the relationship between body and memory, choreographic editing techniques and to embrace choreographic frames for non-sense making. Seeing performances such as "NO CHANGE, OR "FREEDOM IS A PSYCHO-KINETIC SKILL" by DD Dorvillier, "IT IS A BALANCING ACT TO LIVE WITHOUT YOUR ATTENTION" by Phillip Gehmacher and "CUTLASS SPRING" by Dana Michel were utterly inspiring for me in multiple ways, and the resonances of these performances have influenced my desires and perspectives in my own artistic processes, carrying through into the projects that await me now in the aftermath of danceWEB.
I have endless gratitude to the Tanja Liedtke Stiftung to make this valuable experience possible for me :) "