10 until 12 June 2022
Although performance is a young medium, it already has plenty of stories to look back on. How might this legacy be made productive?
Its stories are tales of performance art’s beginnings, its experimentation with formats of collective remembrance, and oral history traditions as narrative and counternarrative. Up for discussion will be variants of performative engagement with performance history: revivals of historical performances that try to be as faithful as possible, ‘second-hand works’ or re-enactments that depart from the original, and completely new works inspired by the same sources. These will shed new light on topical questions as heritage performances are embraced, continued, and re-contextualized, the traces of their history preserved, and cross-generational dialogues initiated. Contemporary performance, in other words, is steeped in its own reception and research.