'Sketches/Notebook' undoubtedly occupies a special place in the oeuvre of Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods. In order to capture the ‘momentum’ of the work, Damaged Goods has made a short documentary entitled 'Inside the Magic Cave'. Using a compelling mixture of interviews (Hans-Maarten Post) and images (Stephane Leonard), it explores the creative process, the borderless and open nature of dance and performance, and the way in which the audience experiences this. Each of the artists – performers, visual artists and musician – discusses his or her view on this ‘magic cave’; a sacred ritual, a playground, a sea of light, but above all: a personal perspective on the concepts of collectivity, creation and presentation.
Sketches/Notebook is a performance experience bringing different art forms together in a ritual reformulating interdisciplinary forms of cooperation. Created during a residency at the Hau hebbel am Ufer Berlin, the project marked a new alliance for Stuart and her company. In real time, performers, visual artists and a musician share the space, their sensibilities and abilities to surround the audience with a vibrant world of light, music, objects and gestures. A series of rough sketches and intimate investigations are presented as an open field of actions reduced to their most essential features. Sketches /Notebook is a sacred playground that teases boundaries. Embrace the dark. Swing your arms. Change the weather.
a project by
created in collaboration with:
Jorge De Hoyos, Antonija Livingstone, Leyla Postalcioglu, Maria F. Scaroni, Julian Weber
scenography and projections
Damaged Goods (Brussels)
HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin)
with special support of
in collaboration with
Uferstudios and Tanzfabrik - advancing performing arts project (Berlin)
Michaël Borremans, Eric Andrew Green, Kroot Juurak, Laurie Young and Ada Studios (Berlin)
Meg Stuart & Damaged Goods are supported by the Flemish Authorities and the Flemish Community Commission
Filmed and edited by Stephane Leonard
Interviews by Hans-Maarten Post
Interviews filmed at Gessnerallee Zürich (CH), December 11th & 12th 2015