Alexander will be doing research for “Political Movements Part lll“. In earlier parts of the “Political Movements” project he’s been working with politically charged phenomenons such as military marches. At MDT he will look into different models and traditions of prayer not only how it is practiced in today’s society but also how prayer has been portrayed historically. The starting point for this is the physicality and movement vocabulary produced while practicing faith and religion i.e. the movements of prayer and ritualistic dancing.
During the research phase of the project, visits to mosques, synagogues, churches, Buddhist temples and Native American cultural centers will be attempted in order to study and learn the physical aspects of each belief system’s rituals. The aim is then to put these various physical expressions on stage in relation to each other and to find the common points and the differences. The topic of this project has its origin in a wider question namely: How are thoughts embodied?
Alexander Gottfarb is educated at Balettakademien in Stockholm and since several years based in Vienna.