Queen of Hearts

TQW co-production

“Let's imagine we can create a situation in which the distance between royal people and common people can be bridged, in which they can meet each other on an equal footing. Let's take it one step further and merge them into one body."(Navaridas & Deutinger)

In Queen of Hearts, the iconic figure of Lady Diana turns into a reference for an observation on social status. As "the people's princess", Diana stands for the paradox relations between the concepts of the common and the royal, between monarchy and democracy. Diana publicly displayed empathy and emotion and thus became an "approachable" royal figure. She became a performer, a projection surface, a symbol, a mirror at her audience's disposal.
Navaridas & Deutinger combine choreographic, textual and musical elements to address differences and similarities between the social theatre of monarchy and the social theatre of the theatre and translate them into a strict rhythmic sequence reflecting the reproducibility of affect.
Queen of Hearts questions the manipulative display of private and public affairs and the symbolic value of inherited power structures.

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CONCEPT + PERFORMANCE: Alex Deutinger and Marta Navaridas
LIGHTING DESIGN: Peter Thalhamer
MUSIC: Stephan Sperlich
DRUM COACH: Erwin Schober
OUTSIDE EYE: Monika Klengel
PRODUCTION: Performanceinitiative 22
CO-PRODUCTION: Tanzquartier Wien
SUPPORTED BY: Bundeskanzleramt Österreich, Kulturamt der Stadt Graz, Kultur Land Steiermark, Dance-Identity Burgenland, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee - International Dance Program, Das Andere Theater Graz, IG Tanz Graz
THANKS TO: Patrick Wurzwallner, Sara González Novi
Marta Navaridas and Alex Deutinger both studied translation, interpreting and dance. They have been developing text-based performance works since 2007. They are based in Graz, Austria.
Selected works: Look at Them Now! (2007), This is Not a Ship (2008), Your Majesties (2010), Fandango and Common Consciousness (2011), Speaking of Which (2013), On the Other Hand (2013)
Their works have been shown at international festivals and venues such as Abrons Arts Center New York, Gessnerallee Zürich, Maison de la Danse Lyon, Palazzo Grassi Venice, The Place London, Danspalladium Malmö, Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint Denis, Centrale Fies Drodesera, Pôle Sud Strasbourg, Impulstanz Festival Vienna, Dansens Hus Stockholm, DanceWeek Festival Zagreb, Muffatwerk Munich, Frascati Theater Amsterdam, Escena Contemporánea Madrid, Tanzquartier Feedback Festival Vienna, among others.
Awards: Premio ACT Bilbao (2008), the BestOFF-Styria Theatre Awards (2010), Aerowaves Priority Selection (2013), Springforward Artists (2013), Swedish Dancenet Artists (2014), Swedish Arts Grant (2016).
Their touring has been supported by INTPA International Net for Dance and Performance Austria, the Cultural Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria and the Austrian Cultural Forum.


(c) by Imre Zsibrik© Navaridas & Deutinger
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