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TanzLaboratorium is research oriented group group that was founded in 2001 by Larysa Venediktova.
The group works with time in given, randomly found or consciously chosen spaces. The group’s artistic strategy manifests itself in permeating the gaps between contemporary art forms and destroying the linguistic conventions of these forms. TanzLaboratorium views art as life‘s process conceptualized through performativity.
The group realizes its artistic practice primarily through working with the body as medium, with its own body-consciousness and body-imagination. The body is not used as an instrument but acts as the image author and critical agent for thinking. Physical practice is regarded as a method of critical analysis, and dance – by investigating its perception – becomes a way of thinking.
TanzLaboratorium is not concerned with progress or the efficacy of its performance. The group is interested in practices that enable movement toward the past, and precede art, conveying an idea that the future gives form to the present.

Selected works :
“Quetzalcoatl” 2006
“Kurbas. Reconstruction” 2007
“Clinamen” 2008-2010
“Value” - project in collaboration with Transforma (Swedish dance group) presented in Ukraine and Sweden in February-May 2009
“Laboratory work #1, 2” 2010
“BUZA” 2010, 2013
“Headless” 2010, 2012
“Use your head to build!” 2010
“Dance as time” (Laboratory work #3) 2011
“LOVE-scape”, performance made for the opening of the exhibition “Journey to the East”, Gallery Arsenal, Bialystok, Poland. 2011
“(as if) Panopticon” – performance, video, installation – exhibited at “Impossible Community” exhibition, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia. 2011
“Risk Assessment” (in collaboration with Jeremy Deller) - video, photo documentation of actions in the public space - exhibited at “Impossible Community” exhibition, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia. 2011
“Post Ukrainian body” video, installation, performance at Special Project “Double Game”, “Arsenale 2012”, Kyiv, Ukraine, 2012
“Cruelty of possibility”, 2011-2013
Documentary theatre “Ekspertyza[Expertise]” 2013-2015
“Post Ukrainian body” 2013
“Negative form of presence. Laboratory work #4” 2013
“Shevchenko. Unrest” 2014

Selected festivals :
Kyiv Music Fest (Kyiv) 2006
Festival “ART-ALTERNATYVA” (Donetsk, Ukraine) 2008/2010 Underground Theatre Festival (Arad, Romania) 2008/2009 GogolFest (Kyiv, Ukraine) 2008
INFANT (Novi Sad, Serbia) 2009
Dni Sztuki Wspolczesnej (Bialystok, Poland) 2010 Tyzhden/Week of Contemporary Art (L'viv, Ukraine) 2010, 2013 Spielstrasse/Strassen (Kyiv, Ukraine) 2010
Maska plus (Moscow, Russia) 2011
New Baltic Dance (Vilnius, Lithuania) 2014
Krakow Theatrical Reminiscences (Krakow, Poland) 2014
Tanzzeitfestival (Winterthur, Switzerland) 2014

“Journey to the East”, curated by Monika Szewczyk, Gallery Arsenal, Bialystok, Poland. 2011 “Impossible Community”, curated by Viktor Misiano, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia. 2011
“Labour show” curated by HUDRADA, Visual Culture Research Centre, Kyiv, Ukraine 2011 “Women‘s workshop”, exhibition organized by “Feminist Ofenzyva”, Centre for Visual Culture Research at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, 2012
1st Kyiv International Biennale of Contemporary Art “Arsenale2012”, Special Project “Double Game” curated by O. Soloviov, museum complex “Mystetskyi Arsenal”, Kyiv, Ukraine 2012 “Disputed Territory” curated by HUDRADA, Sevastopol Art Museum in Crimea, Ukraine 2012 “Referendum on withdrawal from the human race”, curated by HUDRADA, Warsaw, Poland 2014

Les Kurbas National Theatre Arts Center, Kyiv, Ukraine 2006-2010, 2013-now Schloss Broellin, Germany 2007
Burdag Foundation Poland 2011
Atelier ReAl, Lisbon, Portugal 2012
PAF, Saint Erme, France 2013
Villa Straeuli, Winterthur, Switzerland 2014

TanzLaboratorium has been organising Art-educational project “Performativity”


  1. PAF Publishing