A project of Montag Modus: archive of futures
Montag Modus: archive of futures is a three-part project that features artists and artistic positions, primarily from Hungary and Poland, centering around local cosmologies, practices of worldmaking and decolonial historiographies.
The kick-off event at Sophiensæle presents a transgenerational, immersive and haunting performance-installation by Boglárka Börcsök and Andreas Bolm, set at the liminal space between film, dance and theater. In a fictional ghost seance visitors encounter three elderly dancers who were once part of the development of modern dance in Hungary in the 1930s. Retracing how each of the women transformed their life and dance practice to survive the socio-political changes of the 20th century, the artists explore how resilience, silences and traumas are inscribed in the body and in the movement. Figuring Age is a choreography of memories that offers through personal histories a framework to think about possible causes for the current rise of nationalism in the post-socialist Hungarian context.
Further dates of Montag Modus: archive of futures: 29.7.2023 Radialsystem, 7.10.2023 Tanzfabrik Berlin.
CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPHY, PRODUCTION, COSTUME, STAGE DESIGN, VIDEO EDITOR Boglárka Börcsök, Andreas Bolm PERFORMERS IN VIDEO Éva É. Kovács, Irén Preisich, Ágnes Roboz PERFORMANCE Boglárka Börcsök LIGHT, SOUND Andreas Bolm PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Martyna Bezrąk CAMERA Lisa Rave DIRECTOR OF VIDEO PRODUCTION Elisa Calosi CURATION Léna Szirmay-Kalos PRODUCTION MANAGER Magda Garlinska ASSISTANT Beatrice Zanesco TECHNICAL MANAGER Bátor Tóth
Montag Modus: archive of futures is a production by the MMpraxis curatorial platform in collaboration with SOPHIENSÆLE, Radialsystem, Tanzfabrik Berlin and Bergen Kunsthall; funded by the Berlin Senate for Culture and Europe and supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR. Figuring Age performance is produced by Boglárka Börcsök & Andreas Bolm with the support of Montag Modus, Die Irritierte Stadt Festival of Arts Collegium Hungaricum Berlin, PACT Zollverein Atelier No.63 - Experimental Platform for the Arts, Hellerau – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste –Residency Program, NEUSTART KULTUR – an initiative for the Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media as part of the support program DIS- TANZEN, an Umbrella Association for dance in Germany. Part of the work was developed in the frame of the performance exhibition 20 Dancers for the XX Century by Boris Charmatz/Terrain. Figuring Age video is commissioned by Montag Modus/MMpraxis and founded by Tanzfonds Erbe – an initiative by German Federal Cultural Foundation, La Musue de la Danse, Rennes, Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Berlin. Mediapartner: taz.
Special thanks: the title of this work is borrowed from the Anthology: Figuring Age- Women, Bodies, Generations edited by Kathleen Woodward and hereby we would like to express our debt to all the authors of this book. The introduction speech is based on Jacques Derrida’s reflections on ghosts in Ken McMullen’s film Ghost Dance (1983).