• Heidi Seppälä

Performance with Russian Art Collective CHTO DELAT in Tanz Quartier Wien

The title of the seminar and the play "What struggles do we have in common?" addresses the urgency of reconsidering the cultural field as a battle ground -- where different forces of politics, aesthetics and ideology confront each other. The play concentrates on the recurrent conflict between artists and intellectuals who have chosen, out of a perceived necessity, to carry on their work within the framework of the institutional landscape, and activists who consider this position a betrayal of a political agenda that serves only to further the particular 'brand' a collective carries, detached from any political relevance. The play is an attempt to stage this conflict publicly and invite a local audience to engage with potential resolutions.

The platform Chto Delat? (What is to be done?) was founded in 2003 in Petersburg by a workgroup of artists, critics, philosophers, and writers from Petersburg, Moscow, and Nizhny Novgorod.

The following 2 weeks Heidi will join a creation of re-staging "What struggles do we have in common?", originally performed in London 2010. Vienna re-staging will take place in May 2015 in Studio Theatre of TQW.

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