Michikazu Matsune (JP) and Lina Majdalanie (LB) both have a performance practice that starts from personal stories, building its narration on the sharp edge between reality and fiction. They will share their fascinations, strategies and artistic toolbox with a selected group of participants. An opportunity to extend your artistic portfolio of skills, artistic languages and in depth reflections. Bring a healthy dose of curiosity and yourself, including the stories that (fail to) define you.
About the artists:
Michikazu Matsune is a performance-maker who develops works in his signature style that incorporates documentarist and conceptualist practices. He utilizes diverse approaches which range from stage-performances, interventions in public spaces, to creating text-paintings. His personal method, characterized both playful and critical at the same time, examines the tension around our cultural ascriptions and social identifications. Matsune is originally from the seaside town of Kobe and has been based in Vienna since the 1990s.
The topic of “name” has been essential to some of Matsune’s works, such as Mitsouko & Mitsuko based on stories of two Japanese women with almost the same name, and Dance, if you want to enter my country! featuring a bizarre yet true story of a dancer who was forced to dance as part of a passport control in an airport because of suspicions caused by his Muslim first name. In All Together (which will be presented at this year’s Spring Festival), three performers talk through a list of names of people who cannot come and see this actual performance.
Lina Majdalanie is a Lebanese performer, director and playwright, based in Berlin.
Among her works: Second Look (series of video, 2020), Sunny Sunday (2020), Borborygmus (2019), Do I Know you? (2017), 33 rpm and a few seconds (2012), Photo-Romance (2009), Appendice (2007), I Had a Dream, Mom (video, 2006), Biokhraphia (2002), and others.
She curated: Relatively Universal (HAU-Berlin, 2017), Beyond Beirut at (Mousonturm-Frankfurt, 2016), Vues (Kunsthalle-Mulhouse, 2015) and Motion-Less (Tanzquartier-Vienna, 2009).
She taught at HEAD (Geneva, 2008-2013), DasArts (Amsterdam, 2012), Goethe University (Frankfurt, 2016 and 2021), Bard College (Berlin 2019) and HFG-Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe, 2021).