Your Majesties

Unicorn (AT) | k: Alex Deutinger & Marta Navaridas

28.5.20011. | 21:00h | ZPC


Choreography: Alex Deutinger & Marta Navaridas
Marta Navaridas and Alexander Deutinger
Alexander Deutinger and Marta Navaridas
Barack Obama and Jon Favreau
38 minutes (no intermission)
About the show The audience is seated. A man comes on stage. Now he speaks. Now he moves. A woman gives the man signs. The man keeps speaking. Speaking about war and peace and his efforts to replace one with another. And he doesn´t stop moving. And the world keeps on turning.

In Your Majesties, translator and choreographer Marta Navaridas presents President Obamas Nobel Lecture, held on Oct. 9th, 2009 in Oslo. The performer Alexander Deutinger recites the legendary speech of the President of the United States of America and, in doing so, revives a piece of World History.

About the authors Alexander Deutinger (A) studied at Anton Bruckner University in Linz, Austria. He was Artist-in-Residence at ImPulsTanz, at CCL Linz, at Espacio de Creación Azala, Vitoria, and at D.ID Dance-Identity, among others. As a performer, he has been working with Helena Golab (PL), Rose Breuss (A), Oleg Soulimenko (RUS/A), Christine Gaigg (A), Dani Brown (USA/D), Sofia Mavragani (GR) and Marta Navaridas (E/A). He has performed, amongst others, at Tanzquartier Wien, Escena Contemporanea Madrid, in the framework of Cultural Capital Linz 09, at Bregenzer Festspiele, at steirischer herbst and at Kampnagel Hamburg. He received, among others, the DanceWEB-Europe Scholarship in 2007 and the BestOFFStyria Awards 2010. Since 2008 his artistic base is Graz, Austria.
Marta Navaridas (E) studied at ArtEZ College of Art Arnhem and at HKA Theaterschool of Amsterdam. She is co-founder of the international collective FINGERSIX. Since 2006 she has been working as a dancer and choreographer with Blood For Roses (NL), Sarah Vanhee (BE), Dani Brown (USA/D), Sofia Mavragani (GR), among others. Her debut as a Dance Maker "Look at them now!" was awarded the first prize in two choreographic competitions in Linz and Bilbao. Her choreographic works have been presented at festivals and venues in Austria, The Netherlands, Germany, Slovenia, Spain and the UK. She received the DanceWEB-Europe Scholarship 2010 and the BestOFFStyria Awards 2010.

Press reviews

The bestOFFstyria Award 2010 including Prize Money of € 7000,- goes to Marta Navaridas and Alexander Deutinger for their performance «YOUR MAJESTIES »

The decision of the jury reads as follows: The choreographer Marta Navaridas leads the dancer Alexander Deutinger as a gesturing teleprompter through Barack Obama´s Nobel Prize Speech. He reacts to her, keeps holding the original lecture and transforms political gestures into personal ones.
Everyday movements become choreographic movements. As in an encyclopedia of (pseudo-)private representation, the techniques of political discourse are enacted and laid bare. The text becomes music, structures the movement of the dancer, who convinces with his strong presence and physicality. The images transform into pop-gestures and reminders of american media imagery. The jury was impressed by the simplicity and clarity of the concept, the presence of the dancer on stage, and the "double game" structure of the performance.We are looking forward to further guest performances of this excellent work that will hold its own in the international scene.
bestOFFjury 2010: Julia SCHREINER ( Berlin-based dramaturge, Juror at mozartremix - OFF-Salzburger Festspiele und at Quartiersmanagement Kottbusser Tor, Germany), Franziska WERNER (Dramaturge at Sophiensaele Berlin, Germany), Tobias BRENK  (Dramaturge/ Production for Dance and Theatre at Kaserne Basel, Switzerland) and Andreas ERSTLING (Director, Actor and Playwright, Vienna, Austria).
Translation from, 11.9.2010: Obama´s Nobel Prize Lecture as a performance at "bestOFF 2.10"

With their dance version of Barack Obama´s legendary Nobel Lecture, held during his reception of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Alexander Deutinger and Marta Navaridas have been justly nominated for the bestOFFstyria Award 2010. This brilliant show was presented once more at TTZ Graz, Austria.
[...] in their skillful as well as entertaining deconstruction of the original lecture, Alexander Deutinger and Marta Navaridas plant choreographic material onto the text and in doing so, manage to introduce new layers of meaning, which ultimately point out the absurdity of some of the original content of the lecture - an only partly logical treatise on the necessity of war. Alexander Deutinger gives a bravado performance, flawlessly weaving in all the movements prompted to him live by the choreographer Marta Navaridas.
Translation  from Ch. Hartner, Kronen Zeitung, 9.9.2010

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