An Aarhus 2017 Commission and Part of Coast to Coast
Internationally acclaimed Cypriot artist, choreographer and performer, Maria Hassabi creates perfomances for galleries, theatres, and public spaces that address the separation between the spectacular and the everyday, between subject and object, between performer and audience.
Her extended-length choreographies often require dancers to move slowly, sustain positions, and hold poses while performing in a variety of contexts.
This special commission for Aarhus 2017 will occupy time and space in the iconic Aarhus City Hall designed by renowned architect, Arne Jacobsen. Jacobsen’s schema of wood stairs and marine references will be negotiated by Hassabi and her movement ensemble to extend and explore her themes of slowness, stillness and sustained movement.
About Coast to Coast
Aarhus 2017 is putting art Coast to Coast in a series of works and projects that bring some of the world´s leading artists to the Central Denmark Region. These site-situational, context specific and special exhibitions are made as new commissions for townships, art spaces and across municipal borders.
In our European Capital of Culture year we also commemorate the 500 Year Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, so we explore the ‘word’ through a series of new text and sound pieces by some of the most highly acclaimed conceptual artists exploring philosophy, homilies and idiomatic language.
And in our year in which we examine our Danish DNA within the European context, artists help us reflect upon society in flux through transient gestures and atmospheric installations.
Supported by Det Obelske Familiefond, Kvadrat and 15. Juni Fonden.