Eszter Salamon (HU/DE)
05.10.2013 / WASP


Concept, Interviews & Performance: Eszter Salamon
Text: Krimerné Dr. Eszter Salamon
Music: Terre Thaemlitz
Music Editing/ Sound Mix: Sabine Ercklentz
Visuals: Angela Anderson
Technical Direction: Andreas Harder
Organisation & Production: Alexandra Wellensiek/Botschaft
Funded by: Hauptstadtkulturfonds
Co-produced by: Berlin Documentary Forum 2 (Berlin), far°-festival des arts vivants (Nyon), Next Festival (Valenciennes)
Supported by: Le Kwatt

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The presentation of Melodrama in Bucharest is supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag

Melodrama is a solo “documentary performance” in which Eszter Salamon re-enacts interviews she made in 2006 and 2012 with a woman living in a small village in Southern Hungary and who happens to share her name.

Reading her homonym, Salamon embodies the 62 year-old woman’s life-story and by memory revisits her gestures and intonations onstage, thus offering the possibility for the spectators to experience the course of a lifetime within the performance’s duration.

The result is a meditation not only on the possibility of getting inside another person’s skin, but the extent to which personal hopes and desires exceed the determinations of class, age, geography and religion.

She is the author of the solos “What A Body You Have, Honey” (2001) and “Giszelle” (2001) in collaboration with Xavier Le Roy, “Reproduction” (2004), a piece for eight dancers, “Magyar Tàncok” (2005) with Hungarian folk dancers and musicians, “Nvsbl” (2006), a film-choreography in collaboration with Bojana Cvejic, “AND THEN” (2007), and, together with Arantxa Martinez, the concert-performance “Without You I Am Nothing” (2007) starring Lukas Minkus and Ramon Pozo, “Dance#1/Driftworks” (2008), in collaboration with Christine De Smedt, “Voice Over” (2009), a piece commissioned and interpreted by Cristina Rizzo, “Dance for Nothing” (2010) and, with Bojana Cvejic, Cédric Dambrain and Terre Thaemlitz, “TALES OF THE BODILESS” (2011).

Her work has been widely presented in Europe and Asia. As a dancer, she collaborated with Sidonie Rochon, Mathilde Monnier and François Verret. Her work in music theatre includes assistance to the opera “Theater der Wiederholungen” (2003) by Bernhard Lang, staged by Xavier Le Roy at Steirischer Herbst Festival, Graz, and staging the music of Karim Haddad for the project “Seven attempted escapes from Silence” (2005) at Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin. In 2008, she participated in 6Month1Location, an artistic research project based on self-organisation and self-education at CCN Montpellier. In 2009, together with the same group of artists, she co-curated and took part in the festival In-Presentable09, Madrid.

In 2009, Eszter Salamon developed “Transformers” with Christine De Smedt, a research project for a group choreography through workshops and artist residencies in Brussels, Madrid, PAF-St. Erme, Mexico City, Vienna, Tokyo and Stockholm. Following on from “Transformers”, Salamon and De Smedt presented during ImpulsTanz 2011 in Vienna their duet piece “Dance#2”. “Melodrama” is a solo ‘documentary performance’, which premiered in June 2012 as part of Berlin Documentary Forum 2 at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.

Eszter Salamon is invited in January 2014 to perform at MOMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York and to a solo exhibition during three months in the frame of the exhibition series “Satellite” at Jeu de Paume, Paris.

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