Dagmar Dachauer – Wunderbare Jahre
Wunderbare Jahre, the first solo piece of Dagmar Dachauer, deals with both Johann Strauss’s music in a contemporary (dance) context and the epoch of the Viennese Congress (1814/15). By interviewing the music, Dagmar Dachauer’s aim has been to bridge the historical elements and their reminiscences with the political nature and the legitimacy of her own body.Given that Strauss’s highly commercialized music is part of Austria’s identity, Wunderbare Jahre delves into the inherent and controversial quality of national pride and its connection to the romantic, the pompous, the patriarchal, the bourgeois, the heroic, and the lofty. A return of Biedermeier, as it were. The performance endeavours to come up with a contemporary (and personal) reflection of a music that, still today, conveys such a virulent and ageless temptation to dance.
Dagmar Dachauer is a freelance dancer, performer, choreographer, and dance teacher born in Linz, Austria. She studied dance at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten/MTD (BA), at P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios) in Brussels and handbalance at the Circus Department of DOCH (Dance and Circus University) in Stockholm. In 2014, Dagmar won the DIORAPHTE Encouragement Award in the Debuts section, one of two jury-prizes at the Cinedans Festival, Amsterdam, for her dance film Treeo. She managed and co-directed the art festival spiel in Austria from 2009 to 2012. This year, she co-curates Secret Hotel’s Landscape Dialogues Summer Lab in Mols/Denmark. Dagmar has been Artist in Residence at the Choreographic Centre Bleiburg (CCB), at im_flieger in Vienna and at kulturRaum Klagenfurt as ‘Stadttänzerin’. She is being mentored by Doris Uhlich, within the frame of the Mentorship programme for female emerging artists by BKA.
choreography und dance: Dagmar Dachauer
dramatic assistance: Ingrid Türk-Chlapek, Andreja Kopač
sound design: Kilian Immervoll
light design: Janko Oven
producer: Katja Somrak
coproduction: umfug and Plesni Teater Ljubljana
fotos: Andi Bancic Canon
kulturRaum Klagenfurt, Tanzetage Klagenfurt, Summer Studios Brussels, Mediteranski plesni centar Svetvinčenat / Mediterranean Dance Centre (San Vincenti, Croatia), Austiran Cultural Forum Laibach, Austrian Cultural Forum Brüssel
Thank you to Zoltan Imely