For A… is a journey through auto-biographic experiences of the artist and woman Silke Grabinger. She engages in a very personal way with the layers and meanings of femininity, through associatively connected images inspired by theater and film-making. The focus is not only on the construction of gender and its social representation, or on the construction of subjectivity-concepts relating to the production of Self and Other found in the Pop-culture of the post-industrial era. Femininity does not only serve as a canvas for the projection of male fantasies or as a social mechanism, but also as the possibility and departure point for the contemplation of expectations to oneself and from others.
In the close-up the expression is smoothed out to become a face. The face has no depth or shallowness. It is smooth. It lacks inwardness. Face means fassade (lat. Facies). (Byung-Chul Han: Die Errettung des Schönen. Frankfurt am Main: Fischer. 2015.)
The solo performance by Silke Grabinger deals with a rich, mediatic and personal imagery of beingwoman and with the increasing social fragmentation as it impacts life-narrative, identity and selfunderstanding of a woman. The faces she chooses, the ones she accepts without questioning and those that are read into her. For A… is typically for another, for someone, for something, just not for oneself.
Idea: Silke Grabinger, Dave St-Pierre
Concept, Choreography, Performance: Silke Grabinger
Dramaturgy, Production Management: Angela Vadori
Artistic Support: Olga Swietlicka
Sound: Audio Bomba
Light/Projections: Peter Thalhamer
Costume: Bianca Fladerer
Stage design: Jenny Schleif
Supported: Paula Galimany
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