Paradance

Frida Laux

Paradance is a piece of passages. The installation work carefully explores the subtle transitions between practice and passivity, between action and devotion. The walk-in space invites its guests to linger on these thresholds and discover a wealth of movement in stillness. From these, para-dances emerge: They are diverse, imaginary and shared between bodies, human and more than human. The movements of these dances are invisible: be it because they take place inside an open body, because their slowness escapes perception, because they have their place between the bodies, because they are minor gestures or because they create waves too vast for the eye. In the encounter with a book, objects and visitors with whom the space is shared, the work suggests rituals and practices, as well as everyday scores of coping, in order to open and keep open the body for the movements of the world and one’s own being moved and getting moved in it.

Dates:

28.08. 16.00 – 21.00 Osthang, Darmstadt
29.08. 16.00 – 21.00 Osthang, Darmstadt
30.08. 16.00 – 21.00 Osthang, Darmstadt

04.09. 16.00 – 21.00 Gelände des Seilerbahn e.V., Frankfurt
05.09. 16.00 – 21.00 Gelände des Seilerbahn e.V., Frankfurt
06.09 16.00 – 21.00 Gelände des Seilerbahn e.V., Frankfurt

Wheelchair accessible
The installation can be accessed free of charge and without prior notice, there may be short waiting times.

IMPLANTIEREN2020 in Frankfurt was also intended to present the work »moved. BEWEGT. déplacé. (K)ein Spaziergang in Schwarzweiß«. After there were repeated racist attacks on the performers by passers-by in the course of the rehearsal process, the colleagues understandably decided to cancel their performance (statement by the artists: https://implantieren-festival.de/moved-bewegt/). The extent of a structural racism becomes clear once again here in their mechanisms of exclusion. In the last few days we have again talked a lot about it and thought a lot about how we as white artists can actively position ourselves as part of the festival in an anti-racist way and act as allies. We understand anti-racist commitment as a permanent and urgent process to which we feel continuously connected and obliged: to listen unconditionally, to endure the discomfort and uncertainty, not to fall into silence and paralysis, to question our own perspective, our thinking, acting and feeling in a racist critical way, to understand complex contexts, to use and share resources. We remind each other of such starting points and want to practice them. At the same time, the exclusion of our colleagues interrupts the festival, which we do not want to ignore and which creates a void that we do not want to fill wordlessly. For this reason, we invite you to a joint, moderated discussion on anti-racist positioning in the room of our installation in the Osthang in Darmstadt on Sunday evening, 30th of August at 6:00 p.m. We ask for a short advance notification for the discussion under implantieren@idfrankfurt.com.
Frida Laux and Filomena Krause

Idea and text: Frida Laux
Space: Frida Laux und Filomena Krause 
Objects: Filomena Krause
Book design: Deniz Aksoy
Dramaturgical support: Carolina Mendonça & Ida Daniel
With texts by Katye Coe & Ana Dubljević
Blurb: Joshua Wicke

Frida Laux works on fictions of the somatic. Her artistic approach is characterized by an interest in alternative forms of knowledge and the deconstruction of normative knowledge hierarchies. She studied at the Folkwang University of the Arts and at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen and works as a freelance artist and mediator.