subsTANZ massimo gerardi
This project deals with the juxtaposition between “to have”/ materialism and “to be”/ idealism in relation to the career of a professional dancer marked by constant up and downs, and by the strives for perfection or success. The body movement will be shaped by the architecture of the performance location : WERT won't be presented on a theatre stage, but in a public building. This site-specific performance also contributes to the sustainability of dance, as the public location makes it more accessible to a general audience, involving both intentional and unintentional spectators. This performative approach can lead to a broader interest for dance, an art form which usually lacks of extensive exposure.
The opening of the new Academic year at the BAUHAUS UNIVERSITY WEIMAR gathered more than a hundred architecture students on a newly restructured area in the Campus. In a two-week research the students created together with the choreographer Massimo Gerardi and their University Professors eight different scenes about the actual theme of DISTANCE. The result will be presented soon in a video-installation
Throughout the Winter Term 2020/21 Massimo Gerardi will conduct a dance and body movement research with students of the BAUHAUS UNIVERSITY WEIMAR. These workshops will serve as a source of inspiration to provide impulses for future designers and architects - guided by Prof. Luise Nerlich - to develop concepts and personal strategies for architecture and stage design based on body movement
subsTANZ is the label under which the choreographer Massimo Gerardi presents his new dance projects in the Free-Scene. Dealing with actual and relevant themes of our contemporary society, the productions range from creations for conventional stages to site-specific projects. Theme-linked research on movement and occasionally on the spoken word leads the choreographer Massimo Gerardi to stage situations which both capture and challenge the audiences. Since 2012 international dancers, composers and set/costume designers have been highlighted in manifold productions of subsTANZ which have been financed a.o. by Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachen, Amt für Kultur und Denkmalschutz Dresden and NPN Munich, in cooperation with museums, theatres, univerities and production centres
In its 5th edition, the platform aims to give visibility to the research of choreographers, including emerging ones, by awarding artistic residencies, scholarships, participation in festivals and a choreographic prize, thanks to
prestigious partnership of Dance Universities, professional Companies and Training Centres in Italy,
France, Austria, Germany, Slovenia and Switzerland. Massimo Gerardi is the Artistic Director together with Elisabetta Ceron.