On the occasion of “Arena”, presented in the Kunsthalle Mannheim by Rita McBride, Alexandra Waierstall goes to this place together with a male performer, with two or more female performers, and returns to it again and again. With her signature characterized by a high degree of sensitivity, Alexandra Waierstall processually opens up a landscape here in which nothing will ever be finished or completed. As in the solo “Sounding Silence”, which was performed at the “Arena” in the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf as part of the Time Based Academy in 2016, the performers and visitors share a space in silence.
Cyclical encounters between the performers and visitors, between them and the space, unfold here again and again in the morning, at noon or in the evening, on and next to the “Arena”. Vertical and horizontal connections between actors and observers, resonances, transitions, changes of perspective and transformations are experienced instantly from moment to moment, continuously changing and growing. In the interventions, these processes, which are not characterized by fixed points, beginnings or departures, and these situations, which are never entirely completed, are focused and, in the process, infinite perspectives on the relationship of man and space, body and structure, individual and collective, all the way to society and structure, are reflected choreographically in their complexity and poetics.
Photos: Museum Bauhaus Dessau, Offene Bühne (c) Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau / Photo: Espen Eichhöfer, 2019 / OSTKREUZ