Meg Stuart developed her movement language in her first full-length choreography "Disfigure Study" (1991) that she created for the Klapstuk Festival in Leuven. The title is by all means programmatic: Stuart shows disfigured body and movement studies and proposes the idea of shifts as a physical concept. The lighting cuts out limbs and sets them apart, hands are observed as though they were foreign, bodies tremble in eruptive shocks. Stuart focuses on the representation of bodies, also – and specifically – those on stage. In contrast and great distance to the integrated and virtuous body images in 1980s dance, Disfigure Study creates multiple, divided and sectioned bodies whose extremities are free to enter new connections.

Meg Stuart

performed by
Francisco Camacho, Carlota Lagido, Meg Stuart (1991)
Florence Augendre, Fabian Galama, Meg Stuart/Christine De Smedt (1996)
Simone Autherlony, Joséphine Evrard/Sigal Zouk, Michael Rüegg (2002)

live music
Hahn Rowe

Randy Warshaw

Eva Goodman (1991)
Nathalie Douxfils (2002)

coach remake 1996
Christine De Smedt

Klapstuk (Leuven), The Kitchen (New York), Streaks of Crimson (Brussel) (1991)
Damaged Goods (1996, 2002)

Supported by
the Luso-American Foundation (Lisbon), Arts International (New York), Centre for New Dance Development (Arnhem) (1991)

Co-production remake 2002
STUK (Leuven)

This performance was recorded on 16 December 2006 at the Volksbühne (Berlin) by Philipp Hochleiter

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