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IRMA VEP

She was the figure of the fantastic and sinister, a mysterious shadow;
- the female pendant to Fantômas: Irma Vep performed by Musidora.

She appeared the first time in 1914 in the crime series of Louis Feuillades "Les Vampires".
As "femme nouvelle" she was tracking her specific line throughout the different definitions of class and gender.
She was called "the 10th muse" by the Surrealists and till today Irma Vep has stayed a transformable complex phenomena,
leading her own live as inspiration for various pulp-fiction heros. The essence of (black) mummery, disguise, masquerade
pervades our socio-political everyday life in a fascinating and disquieting way.

ECRITURE

SYMPATIEZAUBER FÜR ANTON WEBERN

PHOTOGRAPHY

WAS BLEIBT (MIRYAM VAN DOREN)

NECRONAUTIC ZWEIG

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Photos: David Bergé | Lentos Museum of Modern Art


MUSIDORA 2009

Irma Vep als Blade Runner

COUP


TRIBUTE TO IRMA VEP - a dance

TRIBUTE TO IRMA VEP – a dance is a homage to the figure of Irma Vep, centering around a movement sequence.
Irma Vep embodies the irrational and the necessity of a poetry which intervenes, changes and transforms in connection with dance
– a practice following rules of its own.

The sequence deals with movement as trance, as a possibility of transformation and the dissolution of identity.
Improvisations with music by the North African Sufi musicians Joujouka were used to create a sequence of
positions blending into each other, meditative miniatures – little negotiations with the phenomenon of the material
– which lead to peculiar, even grotesque leaps.

TRIBUTE TO IRMA VEPa dance is an intervention, which never can take place in a previously existing stage situation.
The space is constructed, constituted and then taken over by means of movement. A sound document from a session with
the musician Martin Siewert mixed with field recordings by the Master Musicians of Joujoukaby Jack Hauser permeate the space.
For: that which was secluded by a rite can be returned to the profane sphere by another rite.

Concept and Choreografy: Jack Hauser, Sabina Holzer
Perfromance: Sabina Holzer
Sound: Martin Siewert, Jack Hauser
Supported by: Stadt Wien/Kultur, bmu:kk & Tanzquartier Wien

Tribute to Irma Vep (part one)
Tribute to Irma Vep (part two)

TRIBUTE TO IRMA VEP
was developed as a part of LIVE - a fictionautic Intervention,
which took the aspect of traveling as a basic notion to rehearse and perform. It was realized
during a journey to Morocco and the Souh of Spain by Jack Hauser and Sabina Holzer 2006.


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Photos: David Bergé | Lentos Museum of Modern Art




RELATED PERFORMANCES


-- COUP (Intervention), "DIE HOFBURG TANZT" curated by TQW | June '09
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MITOSE (Performative Installation), elffriede, Sabina Holzer, Sabine Maier | Private Univercity Sigmund Freud Vienna, ‘09 | Crossbreeds WUK Vienna '09

-- SPURENSUCHE CODE IRMA VEP (Performance), Thomas Ballhausen, Jack Hauser, Sabina Holzer | WUK '08

-- Irma Vep (Performance), Jack Hauser, Sabina Holzer Strobl' '07

-- HEIMLICHES HALLELUJA (Intervention), Concept: Jack Hauser, Performance: Jack Hauser, Sabina Holzer, Anton Tichawa | Tanzquartier Wien '07

-- Qui? Quoi? Quand? Où? (Intervention), Concept Jack Hauser, Performance: Jach Hauser , Sabina Holzer | Tanzquartier Wien '07