GREGG BORDOWITZ (USA) / PAUL CHAN (USA)

The History of Sexuality Volume One by Michel Foucault: <Br>An Opera, 2010

Première in the frame of the performance series and the exhibition Push and Pull

The History of Sexuality Volume One by Michel Foucault: An Opera is a work-in-progress adopting the dramatic musical form to stage the major themes and philosophical insights of one of the most influential philosophers of the late twentieth century. In this adaption of Foucault´s great work, the philosopher will encounter one student, two rivals, and a sworn enemy - perhaps all of them are ghosts. Nothing less than a grand opera is required to stage the epochal theory of self-emancipation that is Michel Foucault´s unique legacy. The performance will be set against a backdrop drawn from Foucault´s biographical  details; including his activism on behalf of prisoners´ rights, and his death from AIDS.
Let’s face it - an opera based on philosophy books is ridiculous. And yet, opera provides an emotional way to experience ideas. Maybe, through opera, we can explore how Foucault’s ideas are meaningful and still relevant.  By rendering the History of Sexuality as theatre, we give embodiment to words in posture and voice. Gesture and disposition become magnified. Significance is amplified. This version for Vienna is only a fragment of the entire epic to come. All three books will eventually be realized as opera.

CONCEPT: Gregg Bordowitz/Paul Chan | DIRECTOR & LIBRETTO: Gregg Bordowitz | PERFORMER: Siegmar Aigner, Alexander Braunshör, Dietmar Bruckmayr, Mara Mattuschka, Moravia Naranjo | ORIGINAL COSTUME: Paul Chan | COSTUME DESIGN: Kristine Woods

PRODUCTION: Tanzquartier Wien in Kooperation mit MUMOK. COPRODUCTION: Tate Modern London

INTRODUCTIONS TO THE PERFORMANCES
FRI 1 OCT. + SAT 2 OCT. 19.45 in TQW / Studios (admission free)

ARTIST’S PARTY to launch the new season at the Tanzquartier Wien and the Push and Pull curating series with DJ Violetta Parsini and the Nifty’s among others on FRI 1 OCT. from 22.00 in TQW / Studios

On SAT 2 OCT. at 18.00 we will show the award winning experimental documentary Fast Trip Long Drop at TQW / Studios. Film maker Gregg Bordowitz will be present for a Q&A after the film. (admission free)

Fast Trip Long Drop,1993, 53 minutes
In the spring of 1988, video-maker activist Gregg Bordowitz tested HIV-antibody positive. He then quit drinking and taking drugs and came out to his parents as a gay man. This imaginative autobiographical documentary began as an inquiry into these events and the cultural climate surrounding them. While writing the film, a close friend was diagnosed with breast cancer and his grandparents were killed in a car accident. The cumulative impact of these events challenged his sense of identity, the way he understood his own diagnosis , and the relationships between illness and history.

Gregg Bordowitz is a writer, AIDS activist, and film- and videomaker. His work documents his personal experiences of testing positive and living with HIV within the context of a personal and global crisis. His writings are collected in The AIDS Crisis is Ridiculous and Other Writings: 1986 – 2003. He is currently on faculty in the Film Video and New Media department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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