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"Obstacles - Hindernisse" is this year's festival theme of VISUAL 17, the European & International Visual Theatre Festival taken from the motto of the deafblind writer and human rights activist Helen Keller and Samuel G. Howe, the director of the Perkins Institute For The Blind in Boston. Because "Obstacles are there to be overcome" Samuel G. Howe has ensured that even the Deafblind have to have full access to education.And the Vienna based philosopher, progessive educationalist and pacifist Wilhelm Jerusalem found out the literary talent of Helen Keller. And both have been in 1913 co-founders of the first Viennese Deafblind Institute. These have been milestones in education as the festival VISUAL is in the world of art and theatre. Since more than 30 years I see, how a small language, namely the sign language of the Deaf comes more and more to public. In 1984 I directed the play “Children of A Lesser God” at the Austrian State Theatre of Tyrol and worked with deaf persons for and in the production and for a deaf audience. This small language is everybody's first language. That knowledge is also a result of the work of William Stern and Wilhelm Jerusalem. Stern has done research work mostly about deaf children. Jerusalem intensively works on the world of touch in connection with world of the Deafblind. Touch is the quintessential source of all human relationships. And with gestures, we all begin to speak. This small language is the native language of the deaf, hearing impaired and CoDA (Child of Deaf Adult). I am impressed by this small language developing in the world of theatre for many years. And it is simpressive to see how this language works in the theatre space. Together with with the best deaf directors and actors in the world (among them Howie Seago and Ramesh Meyyappan) we can give this language a proper stage as Visual Theatre. And deaf, hearing impaired, CoDA and hearing artists are performing together on stage or being part of the audience. A lot of ideas are often linked to music. Both deaf and deafblind people can feel music. The deafblind Laura Bridgman could even play the piano! In the world of theatre the inclusion succeeded. Performances are multilingual, accessibility is implemented artistically. Because the world of the arts can not afford unnecessary fights as reality does.!
Vienna Programme at the Theatre SPIELRAUM Vienna Kaiserstraße 46, 1070 Vienna (reachable with tramline 5,
station Westbahnstraße/Kaiserstraße)
SATURDAY
7th of MAY 2016
8 pm

Wien
Theatre
SPIELRAUM
Kaiserstraße 46
1070 Wien

ARBOS – Company for Music and Theatre (Austria)

"Onafhankelijkheid"
A piece of daDa with slogans, manifestos, pieces, pro-government spectacles, scenes from the Revolutionary Theater Library and compositions of Viktor Ullmann (world premiere), Johann Dada (world premiere), Bergmann & Co., Raoul Hausmann, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Romain Rolland, Friedrich Georg Nicolai, Man Ray, Maurice Maeterlinck, CENTRAL OFFICE OF DADAISM, November group, FT Marinetti, Paul Scheerbart, De Stijl, Theo van Doesburg, Paul Klee, Hugo Ball and Francesco Cangiullo
WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by: Herbert Gantschacher
Stage & Costume designed by: Sanzaba Dimna
Lighting designed by: Bidpai
Piano: Rita Hatzmann
Performed by: Werner Mössler, Markus Pol, Markus Rupert and Rita Hatzmann
composition by Viktor Ullmann from 1917 and an absolute new discovery from the archives of Vienna, which suggests with documents that John Dada from Budapest is responsible too for the start of The Great, so The First world War obviously carries a good deal of the blame. DADA and Visual Theatre in combination with sign language in its purest form!
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SUNDAY
8th of MAY 2016
8 pm

Wien
Theatre
SPIELRAUM
Kaiserstraße 46
1070 Wien

ARBOS – Company for Music and Theatre (Austria)

"Onafhankelijkheid"
A piece of daDa with slogans, manifestos, pieces, pro-government spectacles, scenes from the Revolutionary Theater Library and compositions of Viktor Ullmann (world premiere), Johann Dada (world premiere), Bergmann & Co., Raoul Hausmann, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Romain Rolland, Friedrich Georg Nicolai, Man Ray, Maurice Maeterlinck, CENTRAL OFFICE OF DADAISM, November group, FT Marinetti, Paul Scheerbart, De Stijl, Theo van Doesburg, Paul Klee, Hugo Ball and Francesco Cangiullo
WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by: Herbert Gantschacher
Stage & Costume designed by: Sanzaba Dimna
Lighting designed by: Bidpai
Piano: Rita Hatzmann
Performed by: Werner Mössler, Markus Pol, Markus Rupert and Rita Hatzmann

Artistic manifestos and new artistic movements are always being found in hours Big Breaks. Such an era were the times before the Great War, during the Great War 1914-1918 and after the Great War and artistic manifestos and movements were defining elements.
One of the best known manifestos that time is the "futurist manifesto" by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1876-1944). The Italian futurists saw themselves as avant-garde. They dreamed also the "dream of artistic war".
DADA or Dadaism was an artistic and literary movement starting at Zurich in 1916 by rejecting the  "conventional" distinguished art. One of the hallmarks of the DADA movement was the sound poem. Essentially DADA has been a revolt against art and the part of the artist himself, who rejected the society and its value system.
A "Warlike Tribe" is marching in the picture of Paul Klee (1879-1940), published by Herwath Walden  (1878-1941) in his gallery and magazine "Der Sturm" in 1916 in Berlin. Paul Scheerbart (1863-1915)  parodied in his "Revolutionary Theater Library" the "American Dream". Paul Scheerbart died on October 15, 1915 due to a stroke. From Walter Mehring comes the unproven assertion Scheerbart died of exhaustion. As a convinced pacifist he had refused each food and drinking as a protest against The Great War.
Created by Viktor Ullmann (1898-1944) for first time his Dadaist composition entitled "Precision, ladies and gentlemen, is the main thing" from the time of the Great War - composed on August 11 1917 – comes to a performance.
In the depths of The House, Court and State Archives for more than hundred years another piece of DADA waited for its discovery. In a secret correspondence from the year 1915 between the Royal-Hungarian Prime Minister Tisza in Budapest and the Imperial and Royal Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Imperial and Royal House Burián in Vienna it is pointed out that a certain Johann Dada admits blame for the start of World War One in the year 1914. This DADA-document is now unveiled exclusively in theatre performance in the original language to the public.
During the time of The great War in 1917 at Leiden (Netherlands), the artist group "De Stijl". Their concern is completely turn away from the presentation principles of traditional art and by developing a new, totally abstract language on the variation of a few elementary principles of visual design (horizontal / vertical, large / small, light / dark, and the primary colors). This means the reduction of colors on the three primary colors red, yellow and blue as well as the non-colors black, gray and white.
In response to the revolutionary conditions in November 1918 the November Group has be constituted including artists, architects, writers and composers. They took part or the influence on art policy, such as the involvement in public construction projects in the art legislation and in the allocation of exhibition spaces, and organized numerous events with the visual arts and also events such as evening concerts with compositons of contemporary music and new films.
The reality of war has described in August 1918 by the physician and physiologist Friedrich Georg Nicolai (1874-1964): "Now I know the war; Now I know what terrible power the demons of the past also we have on modern people and now I hate war - at least the war of the twentieth century." And Nicolai was the doctor of the German Empress. Friedrich Georg Nicolai was also the research worker and writer of the fundamental work "The Biology of War", in which he proved the futility of war.
One hundred years ago in the years 1916 and 1917 the "DaDa" movement in the world has been created as a protest against the war!


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MONDAY
5th of May 2016
8 pm

Wien
Theatre
SPIELRAUM
Kaiserstraße 46
1070 Wien

Amanda Jovanovic, Lukas Pisecky, Aleksandar Spasojevic, Ardita Musoska, Alexandra Sarengaca, Valentina Vasiljevic, Marko Strainovic, Martin Witzelnig, Elias Wallner, Julian Zametschnig, Daria Shchipalkina, Tatiana Stepannikova und Leonid Ipatov (Mazedonien, Serbien, Österreich, Russland).

"Talking Gloves"
Visual Theatre adopted from the pictures "Sower and Devil / Storm. The Nameless / Dead Victims / The Risen Lord" by Albin Egger-Lienz and the poems "Guard / Patrol / War Grave" by August Stramm Directed by Herbert Gantschacher and Werner Mössler
NEW PRODUCTION - PREMIERE
"Talking Gloves" allow that five sensed people will have access to communicate with deafblind persons. In history there have been created several forms of communication by deafblind themselves. Deafness and deafblindness sometimes are the result of war as shown by the example of the American physician William Terry, who became deaf and blind in the American Civil War and created even a two-handed manual alphabet in order to communicate with its surroundings further. During the First World War "Talking Gloves" have been used for communication with blind and deafblind people, who have become blind or deaf or deafblind. So the finger spelling and sign language of the deaf and the communication systems of the deaf and blind came in use. For the five sensed audience the performance includes spoken German too. Visual art and poetry are in the focus of this visual theatre performance. That form of visual theatre is adopted from the pictures "Sower and Devil / Storm. The Nameless / Dead Victims / The Risen Lord" by Albin Egger-Lienz and the poems "Guard / Patrol / War Grave" by August Stramm in using the sign language of the deaf and the communicationssystems of the deafblind. For the five sensed audience the performance includes spoken German too.
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TUESDAY
10th of May 2016
8 pm
Wien
Theatre
SPIELRAUM
Kaiserstraße 46
1070 Wien

THEATRE UNDER THE WING Riga (Latvia)

"The Bench"
by Jolanta Znotina and Marika Antonova
PREMIERE
Directed by: Marika Antonova and Jolanta Znotina
Performed by: Jolanta Znotina and Lievi Lipa

"The Bank" is a comedy and tells the story of two young girls who happen to meet in the park and begin to communicate with each other games. You begin to juggle and thus pass into the world of fantasy, in which case, however, get the props in their hands all sorts of possible meanings. Both are a stranger somehow very different. But juggling and playing with each other connects them, and so they can understand each other. And juggling at the end and play all in common, actresses and spectators!

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WEDNESDAY
11th of May 2016
8 pm

Wien
Theatre
SPIELRAUM
Kaiserstraße 46
1070 Wien

P.S.I. DIVADLO Brno (Czech Republic)

"Nature and Landscape"
by Josef Tichý
AUSTRIAN PREMIERE
Directed by: Josef Tichý
Performed by: Zlata Kurcová, Markéta Maradová, Tereza Hromátková, Stanislav Kleisner, Antonin Zralý, Pavel Barták, Oldřich Bajer and Šimon Skopový

The impressions of nature and landscapes are presented as visual theatre, the memory of a butterfly is the beginning of history, the memories of love stories. And don’t miss the circus with his enchantments, or the chase of police in the style of Charles Chaplin, the great masters of the visual theatre.

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THURSDAY
12th of May 2016
8 pm

Wien
Theatre
SPIELRAUM
Kaiserstraße 46
1070 Wien

RÏTAUSMA Riga (Latvia)

"Bailey Dancers"
adopted from „The Dance Lecture“ by Astrid Saalbach
AUSTRIAN-PREMIERE
Directed by: Marika Antonova
Piano: Hemma Tuppy
Performed by: Liena Čerepko, Maiga Elbrote, Biruta Lasmane, Anita Atrazsko, Dace Vingre and Juris Elbrots

The performance tells story of six lonely ladies – five of them are ordinary women of different age attending bailey lessons in an old, shabby culture centre somewhere in a country side. Through monologues and dialogues women speak in sign language as well as their outlook, behavior, mimics and gestures spectator can get insight into their life stories, characters and dreams. The sixth one is bailey teacher – beautiful, slim and graceful, but the same way lonely and unhappy like her dance students. Already three years women have been coming together every week to learn bailey steps and separate figures from dying swan, but so far teacher has never let them to dance it. Exactly the dance of dying swan was the most famous solo dance of the teacher years ago as she was on the top of her carrier and used receive gratitude and admiration of spectators. Why this formerly famous bailey dancer now is teaching ordinary, clumsy women from countryside? Will she finally let them dance the dance of dying swan? The stage action is acompanied by alive piano music, that folows the rhythm of the lesson and the rhythm of the story..
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FRIDAY
13th of May 2016
8pm

Wien
Theatre
SPIELRAUM
Kaiserstraße 46
1070 Wien

THEATRE UNDER THE WING (Latvia)

"Persephone"
by Eva Krásenská
AUSTRIAN-PEMIERE
Directed by: Eva Krásenská
Visual Desgin: Austra Hauks and Jänis Pitens
Performed by: Jolanta Znotina, Liva Liepa and Aija Treimane

“Persephone” is a poetical fairytale based on the famous Greek mythos about Demeter and her daughter Persephone that was grabbed by god of the underworld Hades and taken to his kingdom. In her sorrow Demeter neglects all plants and nature, the earth seems to die. Although Demeter finally succeeds and gets her beloved daughter back, from now forever and ever Persephone will have to spend half of the year on the earth with her mother and half of the year in the underworld with her husband Hades. Creative team of the performance reads this mythos as a story about human relations, rhythm of nature and our need to have some order in our life. Yet we all dream to have small isles of peace in our chaotic life where we could rest for a while and drink a cup of tea with someone we love. Visual language of the performance (movement, sign language, shadow theatre, video projections, puppets and lights) makes it accessible for hearing and deaf audience and there are levels of meaning that are understandable and urgent for both children and grownups. Concepcion of the performance belongs to close friend of Theatre under the Wing – Czech stage designer Eva Krásenská. Work on this production lasted one and a half year and creative team of it had to be extended from three people to seven. The project has been supported by the Riga City Council.
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COPYRIGHT / TEXTVERSION

2016

© Copyright: VISUAL 17, the European & International Visual Theatre Festival (= European & International Deaf Theatre Festival) is an original project of ARBOS – Company for Music and Theatre. Especially the text about the Austrian-Jewish philosopher Wilhelm Jerusalem and Helen Keller are based on personal research work of the artistic director Herbert Gantschacher. All rights belong to ARBOS and Herbert Gantschacher and Horst Dittrich.
A misuse of these texts or of parts of these texts by third parties will be fined. A use of these texts needs a written permission by Herbert Gantschacher and ARBOS or Horst Dittrich (for his text).

Program subject to change!
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