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Festspiele Zurich. Composition III

GG Zurich
GG Zurich posted on May 19, 2020

Part of Festspiele Zurich

By and with: Moved by the Motion (Wu Tsang & boychild mit Josh Johnson, Asma Maroof and guests)

The last part of a series by the group “Moved by the Motion” improvises along the lines of James Baldwin and Fred Moten as well as the painting Angelus Novus by Klee in a joint-like interplay of movement, sound and language.

Performance Composition III culminates in the work of the first year by Wu Tsang, boychild, Asma Maroof and Josh Johnson at the Schauspielhaus Zurich. While the earlier parts of the series examined forms of minority theater (such as “The Rehearsal” and “The Night Club”), this part takes the picture Angelus Novus, drawn by Paul Klee in 1920, as an opportunity to think about improvisation that relates to what Walter Benjamin calls the chaos of history in his interpretation of the picture. Klees Engel is thrown backwards without foresight “into the future” and looks at the ruins of a catastrophic past: imperialism, racism, construction and the exclusion of the “other” from Europe.

“Moved by the Motion” examines improvisation as a form of criticism and does not forget the traces of this destruction. The practice of the group around Wu Tsang and boychild is characterized above all by the continuous search for the interweaving of movement, sound and language through translation and improvised communication between these different forms of expression.

The performance is flanked by a DJ ASMARA party and a film installation in Pfauen.


12 - 14.06.2020


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