YESTER:NOW – Moritz Ostruschnjak
We are very much looking forward to YESTER:NOW, the latest production by choreographer Moritz Ostruschnjak, which is scheduled to premiere at the end of July in the Philharmonic Hall (exact date to be announced). Thanks to the coronavirus, we have the opportunity of staging a unique performance in Munich’s largest concert hall with its 2400 seats. Its entire auditorium, unused during the pandemic, will be occupied by six dancers while the audience take their seats on stage.
Those wanting to get in the mood for the live performance (such as the Gasteig editorial staff) will be able to watch a film of the performance. As part of »Focus: Moritz Ostruschnjak«, Theater Freiburg presents »YESTER:NOW, The Film« as Video on Demand from 26 March 2021 at 8 PM (world premiere) to 29 March 2021.
The film premiere will be followed by a virtual Zoom audience discussion with choreographer Moritz Ostruschnjak and dramaturge Armin Kerber.
For tickets and details, visit: https://dringeblieben.de/videos/yesternow
Tagging the Present
YESTER:NOW jumps right into the chaos of the exceptional state caused by the pandemic and creates a whirlwind of heterogeneous movement, images, slogans and sounds – a surreal syncretic cloud of the here and now. Six dancers form a swarm, a cluster of sampled movements from which individual bodies break out time and again. Signs with slogans from protest culture, pop, nonsense, politics and high-tech tag the present. The attempt to cope with the vast complexity of world affairs produces a mixture of simplifications and showbiz attitudes: subtlety is a thing of the past – it’s showtime, baby!
Having first followed the mashup principle – copying, transforming and re-arranging choreographies, visuals and music – in »Unstern« and elaborated it in »Autoplay« and »Tanzanweisungen« Moritz Ostruschnjak is now taking it to a new level with »YESTER:NOW«. A wide range of movements, sourced mainly from the internet, is intricately layered here. Rather than highlighting the material’s origin, Ostruschnjak’s latest choreography transforms, edits and mutates it, while the visual level (Moritz Stumm) has shifted away from image and towards typography.
The title YESTER:NOW was taken from an expressive 1970 Miles Davis track – a tribute to boxer Jack Johnson, who in 1908 became the first black world boxing champion.
About Moritz Ostruschnjak
In his works, Moritz Ostruschnjak dwells upon the transformations in physical and social experiences in times of digitisation and virtualisation. His pieces are spaces made up of hyperlinks that utilize the media-machinery of the 21st century as a motif as well as an archive, thus mirroring and reflecting social processes. Following the principle of pick & mix and cut & paste, highly heterogeneous elements and connections form the narrative of a reality in which the boundaries between politics, entertainment and populism become increasingly indistinct.
As an active member of the graffiti sprayer scene, Moritz Ostruschnjak developed his interest in contemporary dance through breakdancing. He studied at Iwanson International in Munich and completed his training with Maurice Béjart in Lausanne. After this, he worked as a dancer at home and abroad. He has been working as a freelance choreographer in Munich since 2013 and most recently created the ensemble pieces »Unstern« (2018), »Autoplay« (2019) and the solo »Tanzanweisungen« (2020). His works have been performed at Tanzwerkstatt Europa and at the Munich dance and theatre festival Rodeo. The production »Unstern« was selected for Tanzplattform Deutschland 2020; with the solo »Tanzanweisungen«, he has been selected as one of the Aerowaves Twenty21 Artists. Moritz Ostruschnjak was awarded the Dance Promotion Award of the City of Munich in 2020 for his artistic work and since 2019 has been supported by the Grand Luxe network. He has been a member of Tanztendenz München e. V. since 2016.
Trailer 1 auf Vimeo ansehen
Trailer 2 auf Vimeo ansehen
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Photos: © Franziska Strauss; portrait © Jubal Battisti