"Versuchperson Silke Grabinger" in Bulgaria - a contemporary dance performance, part of AEROWAVES - Dance Across Europe

Silke Grabinger poster

On May 18th 2015 at 7 pm at New Theatre – NDK in Sofia you can see the performance “Versuchperson Silke Grabinger” that would be presented in Bulgaria within the frames of the 8th International Contemporary Dance Festival “Antistatic”.
Silke Grabinger is a dancer and choreographer. She is a woman. She is a former breakdancer and danced at Cirque du Soleil.What are the projections on her person, which issues do choreographers tie her together with and what does she make out of it? That’s what Silke wants to find out by asking internationally renowned choreographers to create 10 minutes performance for her. Already three runs and 11 choreographies, she initiated within this project, inviting choreographers to think about, what they want to try out with an experimental subject. Therefore, she puts everything of herself at disposal: her movement, her biography and her fondness of experimenting.
What’s special about the project: none of them knew what the others were working on. And in the end, none of them knew, who was the tested person: was it Silke as a dancer, was it the choreographer and his/her projection on the dancer or were it the people sitting in the audience?

Choreographers Anne Juren, Philippe Riera / Superamas, Hubert Lepka, Oleg Soulimenko, Irena Curik, Dave St-Pierre, Astrid Endruweit & Michael Laub, Trajal Harrell and Benoît Lachambre as well as Austrian comedian Dirk Stermann and film director Arash T. Riahi were involved in this exciting experiment. Each of these artists developed a solo piece for/in collaboration with the Silke Grabinger. Especially for the festival Silke will present four of the eleven miniatures.

Information about the executive team:
project series: an experiment with 11 setups

Performance: Silke Grabinger
Creators: Anne Juren, Philippe/Superamas, Oleg Soulimenko, Dave St-Pierre
Production: Olga Swietlicka
Light Design: Peter Thalhamer, Jakob Wiesmayer
A SILK Cie. Production with Impulstanz Festival and szene salzburg
Supported by Stadt Wien MA7, bmukk, Stadt Linz, Land OÖ,  Student Centar Zagreb

Besides the performance within the festival, Silke Grabinger will lead a workshop for professional Bulgarian dancers in Derida Dance Center, Sofia. The presentation of the performance which is a part of Aerowaves Platform – Dance Across Europe as well as the conduction of the workshop are financed by Creative Europe Program of the European Union and Audience Development Fund as well as co-financed by Program “Culture” of Sofia Municipality for 2015.
Silke Grabinger started studying graphic and design, her multimedia art works are exhibited in the United States, Canada and Europe and awarded with several prizes. She got in touch with breakdance in 1997. Projects with Pottporus and international touring followed. 2006 – 2008 she performed in the Cirque du Soleil / The Beatles Show “LOVE” in Las Vegas. In 2008, she produced her first solo performance [SLIK], which won the Linz o9 - culture capital city of Europe 2009 and Posthof, and was successfully touring Europe and Africa. In 2009, Silke Grabinger was granted the scholarship for music and performing arts (bmukk), and received the Austrian design state award for a group exhibition with “space & designstrategies “. Besides VERSUCHSPERSON, her current work includes several group performances together with her Company SILK Cie & SILK Fluegge.