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Maria Hassabi, On Stage, 2023. Performance at Museumsquartier - Halle G presented by Tanzquartier Wien, November 2023. Courtesy of the artists. Photo by Markus Gradwohl. 

On Stage


A solo figure standing at the edge of the proscenium stage, silently morphs from one pose to the next.  Iconic and mundane images emerge in a dramaturgy that exposes a nuanced embodiment of what it means to sustain a place, a pose, a representation. Maria Hassabi merges the strength and vulnerability of what it means to be on stage - to be uncovered. She frames her signature style of stillness, slowness and aesthetic precision, and invites her audience to awaken their own references to a parade of images as they unfold. What happens when the process of an image is revealed? In a contemporary culture fiercely flooded by images, does it lose its appeal when compared to our expectations? The artist has presented her work in the world’s leading museums and exhibition contexts. On Stage is undoubtedly one of her most radical and personal works, offering a feminist reflection and a piercing insight to her artistic trajectory.

CREDITS 

Performed by
Maria Hassabi

Sound Design
Stavros Gasparatos
Maria Hassabi

Lighting Design
Aliki Danezi Knutsen

Clothing
Victoria Bartlett
Maria Hassabi

Assistance
Elena Antoniou
Maribeth Nartatez


Executive Producer & Dramaturg
Ash Bulayev

On Stage is a production Maria Hassabi in collaboration with Something Great

Co-produced by Tanzquartier Wien (Vienna - AT), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels - BE), Julidans - Amsterdam International Dance Festival (Amsterdam - NL), Festival d'Automne à Paris  (Paris - FR) and Taipei Arts Festival / TPAC - Taipei Performing Arts Centre (Taipei - TW)

Management and Distribution
Rui Silveira, Something Great


PRESS

"Once again, this exceptional artist demonstrates the compelling reasons why she has earned multiple awards. Her new work required nothing more than a sophisticated soundscape by Stavros Gasparatos, a nuanced lighting concept by Aliki Danezi Knutsen, and her own presence at the empty stage of the Museumsquartier Wien - Halle G, to captivate the audience entirely for a full hour. (...) She proves that even in a time where innovative ideas are scarce, it's possible to pioneer new horizons in the field of dance. At the premiere night, the audience was fully engaged, and during the performance's moments of silence, one could hear a pin drop."

Helmut Ploebst, Der Standard, 25/11/ 2023


BIOGRAPHY 

Maria Hassabi (b. Cyprus) is an artist and choreographer working with live performance, installation, sculpture, photography and video. Since the early 2000s she has developed a unique artistic practice based on the relationship between the live body, the still image, and the sculptural object. Hassabi’s works reflect on concepts of time and the human figure, while employing a variety of media to emphasize the complexity of formal organization. Her photographic and video works use her live performances as a departure point, while the use of technology is employed to override the limitations that occur within the format of liveness and realness.

Solo exhibitions and presentations include LUMA Arles (2022); OGR, Turin (2022); Secession, Vienna (2021); Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis (2019); MUDAM, Luxenberg (2019); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2018); K20, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2017-18); OCC Stegi Athens (2017); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2017); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2016); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2015); The Kitchen, New York (2019, 2016, 2013, 2011, 2006); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2015); Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2014); Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2012); Performance Space 122, New York (2007, 2009).

Her works have also been featured in group exhibitions and festivals such as at FRONT Triennial, Cleveland (2022); HELLERAU Theater Festival, Dresden (2022); ob/scene Festival, Seoul (2022); Museion, Bolzano (2021); River to River Festival, NY (2021, 2017, 2014, 2012); Gropius Bau, Berlin (2020); Performa, NY (2019, 2013, 2009); Serralves Museum, Porto (2019, 2015); documeta14, Kassel (2017); the 55th Venice Biennale (2013); Crossing the Line Festival, NY (2016, 2011, 2009); Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels (2017, 2016, 2014); ArtSonje, Seoul (2015); steirischer herbst, Graz (2014); Panorama Festival, Rio de Janeiro (2012) amongst others.

Hassabi has received the 2019 Performa Malcolm McClaren Award; Onassis Artist Residency 2019-2022; 2016 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award; 2015 Herb Alpert Award; 2012 President’s Award for Performing Arts from LMCC; 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship; 2009 Grants to Artists Award from Foundation for Contemporary Arts. She holds a BFA from California Institute of the Arts and she’s based in NY and Athens.