“At the heart of Meg Stuart’s work is the individual, not the technique”, stated director and intendant Johan Simons in his laudatory speech on the occasion of the bestowal of the Konrad Wolf Prize upon the American choreographer. “At the heart of her work is impotence, not virtuosity. At the heart is emotion, not the intellect. At the heart is courage – courage to confront every new moment with a huge vulnerability and without false securities. The courage to show one’s scars. The courage to accept that life is sometimes stronger than the individual.” One thing is certain: Meg Stuart is one of the most fascinating and challenging stage artists of our time. Her company Damaged Goods, based for the past 20 years in Brussels, has remained a small and agile organisation that gives rise to temporary collaborations with performers, musicians, visual artists and dramaturges. Freedom and artistic autonomy form the nucleus of her artistic practice: new projects start with the questions that move her at the time. How does the world affect the body? How does a human being react to their memories and needs? What different kinds of touch are there? How is intimacy created and when are boundaries crossed? These are only some of the questions to which Stuart’s productions do not provide answers, but which are constantly developed into fascinating images and physical scenes.
Meg Stuart is an American choreographer and dancer living and working in Berlin and Brussels. She founded her own company, Damaged Goods, in 1994, through which she has realised more than 30 productions, ranging from solos to large-scale choreographies, site-specific creations and improvisation projects. Stuart strives to develop a new language for every piece in collaboration with artists from different creative disciplines and navigates the tension between dance and theatre. The use of theatrical devices, in addition to the dialogue between movement and narrative, are recurrent themes in her choreographies. Stuart’s work revolves around the idea of an uncertain body, one that is vulnerable and self-reflexive. Damaged Goods has an on-going collaboration with Kaaitheater in Brussels and HAU Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin. At the invitation of artistic director Johan Simons, from 2015 to 2017 Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods will be collaborating with Ruhrtriennale. In 2016/17, Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods will be touring with VIOLET (2011), Built to Last (2012), Sketches/ Notebook (2013), Hunter (2014) and UNTIL OUR HEARTS STOP (2015).