DEAD TIME (Maggie’s Solo)
Thursday, November 4, 2021
Thursday, November 4, 2021, 11 am – 6 pm
Venue: Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf
Grabbeplatz 4, 40213 Dusseldorf
Free admission. Please note, that a proof whether you have been vaccinated or recovered from a past COVID-19 infection is required.
– cancelled –
Saturday, November 6, 2021, 4 – 5 pm
Venue: Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne
Hahnenstraße 6, 50667 Cologne
In DEAD TIME (Maggie’s Solo), 2021, a dancer is shifting across a spectrum of heightened activity and waiting. Effectively an anatomy study for the 21st-century, the dance examines a technical and temporal performance climate in which the human body is imaged, both vital and corpse like. Equally it asks how this same, imaged body might evade capture, circulation and compression, by recasting itself as a preparatory and durational reality.
In Düsseldorf DEAD TIME (Maggie’s Solo) is shown sporadically throughout the day as a durational installation-performance. In Cologne the piece is performed to a captive audience for the first time. In this new capacity, DEAD TIME (Maggie’s Solo) is joined by an additional work from Spooner’s DEAD TIME oeuvre: DEAD TIME (Narrator’s Script). In both locations the performance will be presented alongside Spooner’s work from 2018, Still Life.
DEAD TIME is an ongoing project by Cally Spooner and a 63 page performance score she composed in 2018. Spooner has been incrementally translating it since, into a number of works that can coexist under various conditions, and which will, over time, integrate into an Opera.
DEAD TIME (Narrator’s Script) first appeared in Spooner’s solo show, DEAD TIME, at the Art Institute Chicago in 2019. It was subsequently produced as a sound work for Common Guild, Glasgow, using a recording made at Camden Art Centre in 2020, organised and commissioned by Parrhesiades, London. The piano is Neil Luck, the Narrator is Jesper List Thomsen.
DEAD TIME (Maggie’s Solo) is choreographed by Cally Spooner with Magdalyn Segale
Scenography and dramaturgy developed by Cally Spooner with Hendrik Folkerts
Danced by Magdalyn Segale
Commissioned by Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Special thanks to Charles Billot for helping to make DEAD TIME (Maggie’s Solo) remotely.
Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne and Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf jointly announce the launch of reboot: – a collaborative, multi-cycle, anti-racist, and queer-feminist dialogue encompassing performance and research based practices.
The first cycle, reboot: responsiveness, departs from desires, anxieties and hopes amplified by the current pandemic. Hosted in two different yet aligned sites that mutually interact with one another as much as they support, complement and challenge each other, reboot: responsiveness provides infrastructures for provisional stagings, rehearsals, processual choreographies, and encounters around notions of presence, intimacy, care, and responsibility. reboot: responsiveness develops activities together with a core collective comprised of Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, Gürsoy Doğtaş, Klara Lidén, Ewa Majewska, Rory Pilgrim, Cally Spooner, and Mariana Valencia. Embracing diverse formats, and working together with further invited guests and audiences in Cologne and Düsseldorf, these artists and thinkers will explore ways to dedicate time to one another and to perform in time, to develop alternative vocabularies, archives, gestures, movements, and translations, to share and transmit resources and ideas, and to find modes of resistance and togetherness in response to the current situation we are living in.
Conceived by Eva Birkenstock, Nikola Dietrich, and Viktor Neumann
Core Collective: Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, Gürsoy Doğtaş, Klara Lidén, Ewa Majewska, Rory Pilgrim, Cally Spooner, and Mariana Valencia
Graphic design by Sean Yendrys
reboot: responsiveness is supported by