CODOMESTICATION

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The artist couple Krõõt Juurak and Alex Bailey – proud parents of Albert – deal with issues of gender policy in raising a child in CODOMESTICATION. In this project, they have invited their son to act as a co-director and collaborator in designing (and possibly performing) the work. Co-living and collaborating with a toddler can be challenging and sometimes even infuriating – we grownups may well have to give up some if not all our personal wishes and artistic ideals to make this work possible. “Children force adults to be either anarchists or authoritarians”, Darren O’Donnell stated in Haircuts by Children. Children are considered an economic burden, someone to care for, and at the same time they are usually not allowed at the workplace, let alone a job of their one and participation in matters that matter to them. A society where you have to choose between work and spending time with your children is not good enough for us. As the meaning of work is changing rapidly, we will have to look at children to understand what work will look like in the future. With their well-known brand of dry humour, Krõõt Juurak and Alex Bailey will attempt to find common ground with their toddler collaborator. By combining affective labour and childcare with artistic work, CODOMESTICATION addresses the precarious nature of both.

“We do this work not only because we believe in a society that is more inclusive of children and others but also because the creativity of these ‘others’ is inspiring to us even and especially when it disrupts and undermines our established paths and working methods.” — Krõõt Juurak & Alex Bailey

Coproduction: Tanzquartier Wien and Kulturtier

Premiere: 2. March 2019

Scripted Smalltalk

“Scripted Smalltalk” is a 50 min performance where the audience is reading scripted dialogues. The scripts are mostly about almost nothing, the scripts themselves intermingled with other trivial or existential matters: tv series, common fears in theatrical situations that involve audience participation, boredom and fun, chaos and communication, whatever. There is no action on stage, the choreographer/author distributes scripts and microphones and halfway into the show brings candies and vodka. This performance is “choreography” in the literal sense of the word – writing of the chorus.

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photos by Ouidade Soussi-Chiadmi

Co-production Tanzquartier Wien 2009 and Wiener Tanz und Musik Bewegung

SCRIPTED SMALLTALK NASA script

Video excerpt in ETV (Estonian)

Reviews: Tagesspiegel (in German), DN (in Swedish), SIRP (in Estonian)

Performances: Mindaugas Triennial Vilnius 31. August 2012, Under the Mountain festival, Jerusalem 31.July 2012, Kampnagel Hamburg Space for Live Art 30. May 2. June 2012, Arteleku San Sebastian 24. February 2012 (in Spanish), Kanuti Gildi SAAL 2.- 3. February 2012 (in Estonian), Tanzquartier Wien 19. November 2011 (in English), MDT Stockholm 27.August 2011, Laboratoires D’Aubervilliers 31. April 2011 (in French)

“Once Upon”

Once Upon is a performance or video of very small things or animals. A kind of an Estonian fairy tale that puts an emphasis on time, extended duration, stating the obvious and all the missing elements in a narrative.

They say folks that can manage big things never can manage little ones.
A proper fairy tale told by a narrating princess. 
A handheld dinosaur speaks prophetic wisdom. 
A mesmerizing adventure video uncovers ancient truths. You’ll see it all in: Once upon.
PS: including special appearance cat, dog and bird in ABSOLUTE DARKNESS!!!

Coproduction Kanuti Gildi SAAL, Imagetanz Wien 2006

dramaturgical advice: Berno Odo Polzer

Shown at: “Sõida Tasa Üle Silla” Tartu, Estonia. NIMK, Amsterdam, Xing 2010, Bolgona, Italy; De Singel Antwerpen etc.

Reviews: Helmut Ploebst in Corpus (in german), Petr Karlovsky in Tanznetz (in English), Tiiu Laks in Eesti Päevaleht (in Estonian), Hanno Soans in Postimees (in Estonian)

Autodomestication

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A performative research project about the work of domestic pets as contemporary affective workers. The labour of pets resembles the affective and emotional labour associated with the creative industries. Artists and pets can be seen as colleagues from different species, working their way to be flexible and adjusted to the challenges posed by the capitalist society.

50 min

MDT Stockholm, as part of lecture series on performance at the Theaterschool Stockholm 31.August 2011

Espacio Carbonesi, Xing Bologna 22.April 2010

co-production: Tanzquartier Wien 2008 (with aftertalk by Fahim Amir)

AUTODOMESTICATION BLOG

Video (excerpt from lecture)

Video (research)

Look Look

Look Look

Look Look is a choreographic transcription of the creative process at play in the world of fashion. Devised in the manner of a fashion show in front of an imaginary mirror (the audience), the starting point for the work was the desire to to show the techniques of the designer Eva Blut, as well as the catwalk attitude differences when the clothes are worn by two different people. Anne Juren and Krõõt Juurak perform a number of poses inspired by the clothing. The body and the image change, mutating from a stereotypical fashion figure to an everyday posture, from a clearly identifiable form to a hybrid, plastiform, more difficult to recognise.

by and with: Anne Juren and Krõõt Juurak

Co-production: Juren/Juurak and Tanzquartier Wien, Unit F (2007)

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Antistatic 2011 

Kampnagel Sommerfestival 2010

etc.