which dances

A choreographic assemblage

Initiated by Sabina Holzer

There are scientists who say that we live in the age of aluminum. If we look around us, we can only agree. We are surrounded by aluminum objects, the material transports us through the world and is contained in all kinds of food, cosmetics and medicines. which dances – a choreographic assemblage speculates with the material, takes up ecological contexts and throws itself into a poetry of living together, a community to come, in which different nature-cultures meet. Following the need for solidary action, we explore transversal alliances. which dances – a choreographic assemblage is science & fiction, performance & exhibition and asks the future to dance.

Engaging with the interpenetration of the world and bodies, we explore how bodies inscribe themselves into the world, which in turn shapes bodies in their environment. We follow the traces of light reflections and plasticity of aluminum and use the spatial architecture of the Volkskundemuseum as a place where we initiate processes, let them take place and participate in them; – visitors are also very welcome to do so.

Project & artistic direction: Sabina Holzer
Dance and other textures: Sabina Holzer
Space, artistic accompaniment, video: Jack Hauser
Textual & textual accompaniment: Elisabeth Schäfer
Choreographic accompaniment: Brigitte Wilfing
Sound: Thomas Wagensommerer

Guests: David Ender, Alix Eynaudi, Irene Lucas, Jeroen Peeters, Thomas Ballhausen.
Lecture by: Tanja Traxler

Many thanks to the team of Volkskundemuseum! Especially:
Lena Nothdurfter for projectmanagement,
Patrick Widhofner-Schmidt for technical support,
and Herbert Justnik.

25th of May – 29th of May 2021
Volkskundemuseum Wien
Laudongasse 15–19, 1080 Wien

Vernisage: 25.05.2021, 15.00 – 19.00: dance: Sabina Holzer, text: Elisabeth Schäfer / solar cooking: Irene Lucas
Finisage: 29.05.2021: 18.00 – 21.00: dance: Sabina Holzer, text: Elisabeth Schäfer / Lecture: Tanja Traxler /
Concert: Thomas Wagensommerer

Public Opening: 25.05.-29.05.2021
The spaces are open between 10:00 and 19.00
which dances will be played and activated daily Wednesday 26th, Thursday 27th,
Friday 28th of May from 15.00 – 19.00.

Sponsored by Wien Kultur.
With thanks to Stoffwechsel – Ökologie der Zusammenarbeit/Im_flieger, ImPulsTanz, SeeLab – Jot12,

A cooperation of cattravelsnotalone and Volkskundemuseum Wien
Residency at VKM: 11.05.-30.05.2021

which dances – a choregraphic assemblage @ Volkskundemuseum

which dances in progress 2020

which dances in progress was developed during an artist in residence at Jot12 / Seelab, June, July 2020.

The aim was a performance research to investigate different relations of the figuration of Medusa and material-semiotic entanglements with aluminium.
How can human and non-human actors work together? Which kind of space and performativty can emerge through this question?

We developed a work in progress of a choreographic assemblage to unfold new relations and kin-ship between subjects and objects and to discover new narratives.

which dance in progress, Jot12, August 2020. Photo: Sabina Holzer

The complex myth of the Medusa is a metaphor that stands for experienced violence. Often portrayed as victim and monster, Medusa tells in many ways about transformation, possibilities of protection. As a figuer she meanders between human and beast, between live and death and gives birth incomprehensible materials and imaginary beings (corals, pegasus, etc.). As a mighty Gorgon she supports the attempt and effort to get in contact with materiality, the earth, bodies etc. to disover different realtions and connections. In this sense, which dances in progress not only follows the powerful call of Hélène Cixous in the 1970s to create and affirm places for the laughter of the Medusa, but also freely explores Donna Haraway and Isabell Stenger’s thinking as a radically materialistic practice.

We were dealing with the everyday use of aluminum and collecting its remains: aluminum foil, packaging material (coffee, tea, chips, chocolate) as a poetic reference to a valuable raw material, which is such a integrated part of our everyday life that we hardly notice it in its preciousness and the ecological impact the production has.

which dance in progress, Jot12, August 2020. Photos: Sabina Holzer

which dances in progress opened 3 days for visitors. It unfolded as a processual space in which the visitors became part of the assemblage and choreography simply by entering. 

With them, sensual materials (such as aluminum to be touched), as well as cognitive (such as reading material) and performative (such as dance, performance-lecture, talks) unfolded their presence and gave the visitors the opportunity to choose their form of presence: to observe, to read, to exchange.


  which dance in progress, Jot12, August 2020. Photos: Jack Hauser

which dances in process Dance by Sabina Holzer

Manifest in Process Text by Elisabeth Schäfer

Project & artistic initiative: Sabina Holzer 

Sabina Holzer 
with dances and other writings
in the fantastic company of
Jack Hauser
 (for video, space and concepts)
Elisabeth Schäfer 
 (for texts and contexts)
Brigitte Wilfing
 (for choreography)
Thomas Wagensommerer (for sound)

With the friendly support of Jot12 / SeeLab and Wien Kultur.
Realisation: cattravelsnotalone

More steps of the process of 2019

further poetic cartographies and operations
(regarding the mind-body and the nature-culture continuum) #1