8 race remix in collaboration with Maren Strack
premiered in 2006
"Drei Wochen mit Pina Bausch" zu Gast in Essen"
Performer: Maren Strack
Foley Artist: Max Bauer
Concept: Max Schumacher, Maren Strack, Hiroko Tanahashi
Choreography: Maren Strack
Video / Installation / Co-director: Hiroko Tanahashi
Text / Dramaturgy / Co-director: Max Schumacher
Additional choreography: Diane Busuttil
Costume: Sarah Pontius
Metal Works: Gobi Hoffmann
Car Mechanic: Bernd Kurowski
Translation English Version: Julie Randall, Max Schumacher
English Editor: Peter Gilbert Cotton
English-Japnease Translation / Japanese Dramaturgy: Mika Eglinton
Spreakers of the English Version: Peter Gilbert Cotton, Rike
*This production can be performed in English
Figure 8 Race won Bremen Author's Award 2004
The Fonds Darstellende Kuenste
Schloss Broellin International Art Research Location,Broellin
Kunstlerhaus Lukus, Ahrenshoop (residency)
Female race-car driver ClaNrenore Stinnes was the
first woman to drive around the world by car | from 1927 to 1929.
Half of the time she had to repair her vehicle.
The piece narrates her story, deconstructs the fascination for speed
and explains the importance of the tire as link between acceleration
and slowing down. Maren Strack trained flag twirling for her choreography
| and dancing with tires. A foley artist remixes the sound of rubber
abrasion and adds a fascinating
live audio layer on the video-dance-performance. The source of the
video projections is a remote controlled | and carefully choreographed
| car. Figure 8 Race is a motor sport that longs for the crash.
The performance confronts the audience with these contradictory
*"Figure 8 Race" is the second part of "6-8-10",
a trilogy about trafic, technology and female pioneers.
<Selected Press Responses>
"Figure 8 Race" is a coherent, research based concept
for a multi-media performance with a dance-solo in its center. The
intended usage of video and audio technology is clearly serving
the live performance, is motivated by the content and both technically
surprising and thought through.
Strack and post theater prove an unusual sense for density of dramatic
means: the figure 8 will be translated into equally archaic and
motor-race related flag dance.
The cooperative work shows, how independent the team has moved from
the classic concept of authorship. It had been a clear requirement
for the award to consider the broadening of the concept of the author
in the performing arts.
Apart from the concept of the new work, the jury scrutinized the
earlier collaboration of Strack and post theater, especially the
impressive production g6 Feet Deeperh. That piece shows coherency
and continuity of their artistic approach, but also a surprisingly
homogeneous and consequent usage of the employed media (dance /
audio / video). Strack and her partners combine fresh themes, stories
and information on a high intellectual level.h From the report of the jury of the Bremen Authorfs Award
gDance? History Lesson? Video installation? Sound collage?
All of that, and then even dealing with seemingly dry subject matters
such as the relationship between rubber and motor sports. The dance-
and performance artist Maren Strack and the company post theater
manage to do that extremely well. They succeeded in suprising, entertaining
and enchanting the members of the audience at gFigure 8 Raceh.
The most appealing part are the visual surprises by video artist
Hiroko Tanahashi. So there is, for example, a beautiful flag dance
of the dancer with a shadow that is projected on the floor.
One would have loved to see Maren Strack dance more that night!h Sylter Rundschau, November 28th, 2005