Superposition corps – The Solitude of Gustave Whitehead

Austrian choreographer and performer Saskia Holbling is premiering her new work Superposition corps – The Solitude of Gustave Whitehead in Paris in the Recontres Choreographiques 2004, in collaboration with filmmaker and former ImPulsTanz festival director Guido Riemitz (who does the best impersonation of an all-singing all-dancing Austrian Alps farmer this side of Salzburg). This work continues on from her earlier solo Exposition Corps in researching “the sujectivity of the body-itself” in an ensemble work.

It is a question of finding an autonomy of the states and feelings which are emergent on the surface of the skin, to exceed the border of the conscience which regulates our manner of apprehending space. The adventure of Gustave Whitehead – the inventor of one of the first airplanes – in fact echos this exploration: it is a question of this weightlessness which settles, a transitory state, suspended between the moment and eternity, of this research of lightness, the body which discovers another dimension, a setting in rest of its daily mechanisms…