The Salzburg Festival’s legendary Felsenreitschule will provide the magnificent setting for the opening of this year’s Sommerszene: It won’t be like this forever is written on the sign that the Munich based choreographer Moritz Ostruschnjak carries across the stage while the dancer Daniel Conant exhausts himself dancing the Schuhplattler.
The 30-minute solo TANZANWEISUNGEN is full of self reflective and ironic references like this, that evade unequivocal ascription. Ostruschnjak remains faithful to the eclectic style of his earlier productions, making his soloist change effortlessly from the Schuhplattler to the grand jeté, from the box step to breakdancing moves and from the révérence to skipping. The element that links all these is sound: the stamping, clapping, breathing, jumping and bouncing that fills the room with a continuous rhythm. As if driven by clockwork, the protagonist tirelessly works through this highly diverse canon of movement, adopting poses of resistance, of struggle and victory, of stylised masculinity, of youth culture, of classical ballet, ballroom or sport in rapid succession an absurd sequence of divergent elements that exaggerate, ironise and contrast with each other and in combination lead playfully, yet relentlessly over the precipice.
Moritz Ostruschnjak spent many years as a graffiti sprayer and became interested in contemporary dance through breakdancing. He began studying at Iwanson International in Munich and completed his training with Maurice Béjart in Lausanne. He has worked as a freelance choreographer with independent companies and at multiple theatres since 2013. Now he will make his first ever visit to Austria with his internationally acclaimed solo piece TANZ ANWEISUNGEN.
With thanks to the Salzburg Festival.
Choreography: Moritz Ostruschnjak • Choreographic Assistance: Daniela Bendini • Dance: Daniel Conant • Dramatic adviser: Carmen Kovac • Lighting design: Benedikt Zehm • Costume: Daniela Bendini, Moritz Ostruschnjak • Production management: Lara Schubert • PR: Simone Lutz.
A production by Moritz Ostruschnjak in collaboration with Bayerische Staatsoper • The artist is supported by Netzwerk Grand Luxe 2019/20 and is a member of Tanztendenz München e.V.