Wed 19.12.2018 19:30 map
Running gag scrutinises power and gender ratios in the realm of humour: Who’s allowed to be funny, and who laughs at whom? On the lookout for female role models in the history of humour, Sööt/Zeyringer examine slapstick comedies from the 1910s, shedding a light on gender and humour at a time when the role of women was undergoing major changes.
The starting point of this lecture performance are the courageous, extraordinary and witty heroines of the silent-film era in the early 20th century. While they were influential, famous and popular during their lifetimes, they are mostly forgotten today. In the course of their research in archives, Sööt/Zeyringer discovered female pioneers of silent film named Marie Dressler, Ossi Oswalda and Sarah Duhamel. In their films, they wreaked havoc, dressed in men’s clothes and put their bodies to highly expressive uses. Many female actors, directors, screenwriters and producers used humour as an empowerment strategy and a method to break through existing limitations. In Running gag, Sööt/Zeyringer use historical footage, film clips, facts and personal stories to collage a fictional documentary about the ever changing relationship between gender and humour now and then.
Performance: Tiina Sööt, Dorothea Zeyringer
Research and text: Emilia Lichtenwagner, Sööt/Zeyringer
Artistic advice and coaching: Nora Jacobs
Artistic and dramaturgical advice: Andrea Salzmann
Set design and video: Nora Jacobs, Sööt/Zeyringer
Rehearsal assistant: Emilia Lichtenwagner
Costume: Signe Rose
A co-production by Sööt/Zeyringer and brut Wien. With the kind support of the City of Vienna’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria. Thanks to Fleetstreet Residenz Hamburg.
The guest performance at CNDB is supported by The Cultural Endowment of Estonia and the Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria.
Sööt/Zeyringer is an artist duo that collaborates since 2012 and creates performative work
situated at the intersection of visual arts, dance and theatre. Their live performances and video
works are based on movement and language which are combined in rhythmical and poetic
structures. In their work they try to find poetry, wit and absurdity in every-day acts, language and
objects. Their works have been presented at brut Vienna, Tanzquartier Vienna, Sõltumatu Tantsu
Lava Tallinn, Schauspiel Köln, Kunstraum Niederoesterreich and National Dance Center Bucharest among others. They received the ImPulsTanz TURBO residency, the Performing Arts Award by the Federal Chancellery of Austria, the Young Stoff award by the Stockholm Fringe and the Fleetstreet Residency Hamburg. They have been selected for the FREISCHWIMMEN network program in 2019.
Tiina Sööt works in Bucharest, Vienna and Tallinn. With the background of a BA in Ecology and Theatre Research, Tiina received her master’s degree in Performative Arts at Estonian Academy of Arts in 2013. She also studied Performative Art at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Together with Aet Kuusik she is developing a documentary performance practice focusing on topics like gender and sexuality, and on various projects she collaborates with her sister Mai Arslan.
Dorothea Zeyringer lives and works in Vienna. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts
Vienna in the department of Performative Art and studied at the Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin as well as Theatre, Film and Media Studies at the University of Vienna. For her diploma work that was developed together with Tiina Sööt she received an appreciation award from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. In 2017 she was a danceWEB scholarship recipient and was granted the BKA Start-Stipendium. Currently she is part of the ArtStart Studio scholarship program.
After the lecture/performance there will be an open talk together with the artists and part of the CUTRA team, pop radical feminist magazine.
Tickets can be bought from the Sala Stere Popescu Hall, before the performance
20 Ron (discounted price – students, pensioners)
Photo: Nora Jacobs