Eleanor Bauer’s signature solo “ELEANOR!” is a humorous diatribe on the blur between artistic production and survival skills entangled in an artist’s basic drives for money and recognition. In the place where self-promotion becomes artwork, selling and trading one’s skills becomes selling and trading oneself, and diversity becomes sustainability, Bauer delivers a schizophrenic and side-splittingly critical portrait of the performing artist today as a “post-fordist art prostitute”.
Bauer situates her story within the lives and realities of the audience members, meeting each one individually and conducting a demographic survey of their professional lives, giving away or selling t-shirts with her name on them, explaining the economic benefits created by this efficient form of authorship and self-distribution… Each performance of “ELEANOR!” is unique to the time and place in which it is performed, ranging in length from 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the context and necessity of translation, as well as the mode of translation (live translation, translation by a brave volunteer from the audience, or a rehearsed double). Featuring an incisive lecture adapted from Portrait of the Artist as a Worker by Dieter Lesage, as framed by a detailed and rhythmic dance phrase rooted in the same frenetic behavior as described in the lecture, the originally concise twelve minute solo remains intact within the performance as a historical document of the exigent conditions that necessitated its creation.
- Credits ELEANOR!
Concept, creation, performance: Eleanor Bauer. Text adapted with permission from Portrait of the Artist as a Worker by Dieter Lesage Administration. Tour management: Caravan Production for GoodMove vzw. With the support of the DEPARTS network. DEPARTS is funded by the European Commission, Culture program.
- (BIG GIRLS DO BIG THINGS)
“(BIG GIRLS DO BIG THINGS)” is an empty promise, a pre-emptive lament, a flirtation with expectations, a wrestling match with potential. Whispering what should be shouted and singing what should be whispered; a solo on scale, volume, extreme limits and the grey areas between them; on grandeur and vulnerability, hubris and humility, visibility and subtlety; on the fragile braggadocio of living large when less is more but more is also unmistakably more.
With the inherent melancholy of things on the verge of extinction – an endangered species, a disappearing dance – Eleanor Bauer invites the audience on a safari expedition into the depths of the surface-oriented world of the performer. Navigating the folds, surfaces, and transformative possibilities of a too-large polar bear suit, Bauer performs a series of total metamorphoses that reveal, obscure, and distort her diverse capacities as an entertainer. In “(BIG GIRLS DO BIG THINGS)” self-expression drops the self and expression takes over.
- Credits (BIG GIRLS DO BIG THINGS)
Concept, performance: Eleanor Bauer. Costumes: Ada Rajszys. Producion: Caravan Production for Good Move (Brussel, BE). Co-production: WorkSpace Brussels (BE), Vooruit Arts Centre (Gent, BE). Music: Swan of Tuonela by Jean Sibelius. With the support of the Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels Capital Region and of the DEPARTS network. DEPARTS is funded by the European Commission, Culture program. Special thanks to Lucy Grauman, Jean-Marie Martz.
- About Eleanor Bauer
Eleanor Bauer is an American choreographer and dancer based in Brussels, Belgium. She studied at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and P.A.R.T.S. Her pieces “ELEANOR!”, “At Large” and “(BIG GIRLS DO BIG THINGS)” have toured internationally to critical acclaim. Her piece, “A Dance for the Newest Age (the triangle piece)” that premiered in February 2011, was the beginning of a past-present-future trilogy including a nine-person piece entitled “Tentative Assembly (the tent piece)”, premiered in Kunstenfestivaldesarts in at Kaaitheater May 2012, and a duet for premiere in 2013 entitled “mirror piece”. As a performer, Bauer has worked for David Zambrano “Soul Project”, Mette Ingvartsen “why we love action”, Trisha Brown “Accumulation” and “Floor of the Forest”, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker “The Song”, Xavier Le Roy “low pieces”, and Boris Charmatz “levée des conflits” and “enfant”. Bauer has also created or participated in specific projects such as heart the band/hear the bend, a long-distance performance collective; Dig My Aura, a solo for YouTube; 6M1L (6 Months 1 Location), a research residency at CCNM in Montpellier initiated by Xavier Le Roy and Bojana Cvejic; and The Heather Lang Show by Eleanor Bauer and Vice Versus. Bauer’s writing on dance has been published in New York’s Movement Research Performance Journal, NDT by Contredanse (Brussels), as well as in various publications by Sarma, everybodys, P.A.R.T.S. and Nadine.
- Eleanor Bauer
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