Skills & Tools:
A Guidebook

Performance and installation

Festival der Regionen
/Klangfestival, Gallneukirchen, 2023

For Skills & Tools: A Guidebook, objects made from wood were created with which Isa Schieche, Helen Weber, and Milou van Duijnhoven perform in a river. The starting point for their performance are elements from traditional Austrian dance, particularly the skill and courting dances that were both almost exclusively reserved for men. In the context of traditional dances, roles and movement patterns are assigned in a heavily binary manner, and also charged with sexism.

Skills & Tools: A Guidebook picks up on these handed down dance elements and re-interprets them within a feminist and queer performance. The sound artist Oskar Mayböck accompanies the piece in which the audience members are also directly included. The wooden objects can then also be activated by the audience and form an installation in the open.

photos 1,2,4,6-8,12-14,16,18,21-34: Jürgen Grünwald
photos 3,5,9-11,15,17,19,20: Philippe Gerlach