"The Way You Touched Me Tonight"

"The Way You Touched Me Tonight" is a performance project, engaging with the act of collecting used clothes in the frame of a performance. What we call a performative "Sammlung" (german for 'gathering' or 'collection') the clothes are gathered as means for artistic research, up-cycling and humanitarian causes, yet there is as well the other side to it: the idea of donating a piece of yourself.

The performance is conceived as a form of ritual in which the clothes are a symbol and means to tell the story about exploitation of human labour, workers rights as results of human excess, consumerism, exaggeration, and greed. A larger aspect of this performance concept stems in the open critique to contemporary consumerism. At the center is the infamous architectural incident and failure, which happened in Bangladesh, in 2013; the collapse of the commercial building Rana Plaza. The building accommodated banks, shopping centre, and a garment factory, located on the ground floor. Despite several warnings that the building is endangered to collapse the owners of the garment factory ignored the warnings.  Despite the employees, mostly women and young adults, protested the return to work, the owners of the factory forced the workers to resume the work threatened their montly pay. Rana Plaza collapsed the next morning, burrying 4000 workers and killing more then 1000.

 

 

Credits 

Tomaz Simatovic (concept, research, choreography and performance) & Mirjam Klebel (research, choreography and performance), Rocki Jian (performance), Andreas Poschl (sound design), Frank Lischka (light design), Christopher Eberle (film), Alexander Stürzer (graphic design), May Rifaat (fashion research), SZENE Salzburg (co-production, performance venue)

With participation of Südwind Salzburg and tanz_house Salzburg 

Financially supported by Land Salzburg, Salzburg Stadt Kulturfonds, and BKA 

 

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