performance length: 50 min
Solo works performed by the dancer as test subject. / in English


Performance takes place at Ponec Theatre.

Manipulating manipulation. Silke Grabinger sets her own rules in someone else's game and in doing so defines her own freedom. What are the projections onto her person, which issues do choreographers connect her to and what does she make out of it? That’s what Silke wanted to find out by asking internationally renowned choreographers to create 10 minute-long performances for her.

There was no given topic or subject, the only rule was a time frame of ten minutes for each choreographer. Nobody knew what the other was working on. Whatever story was to be told by projecting it onto the ”test subject“, dancer Silke Grabinger, was completely up to the choreographers. It’s something like John Cage‘s ”chance operations” or William S. Burrough‘s ”cutup method”: you take it as it comes.

Silke Grabinger is a dancer and choreographer. She is a woman. She is a former breakdancer and danced for Cirque du Soleil. In Versuchsperson Silke Grabinger she puts everything of herself at the project’s disposal: her movement, her biography and her fondness for experiment.

This exciting experiment involved the choreographers Anne Juren, Philippe Riera / Superamas, Hubert Lepka, Oleg Soulimenko, Irena Curik, Dave St-Pierre, Astrid Endruweit & Michael Laub, Trajal Harrell and Benoît Lachambre as well as Austrian comedian Dirk Stermann and film director Arash T. Riahi. Each of these artists developed a solo piece for/in collaboration with Silke Grabinger. What’s special about this is that none of them knew what the others were working on.

In the end, none of them can say, who the “test person” is in fact: is it Silke as a dancer, or is it the choreographer and his/her projection on the dancer, or is it all the people sitting in the audience? The result is 11 individual pieces, of which 4 will be shown at the Bazaar Festival in Prague.

Performance: Silke Grabinger
Creators: Anne Juren, Philippe Riera / Superamas, Oleg Soulimenko, Dave St-Pierre
Production: Olga Swietlicka
Light Design: Peter Thalhamer

Silke Grabinger started studying graphic & design, her multimedia art works are exhibited in the United States, Canada and Europe and have been awarded with several prizes. In 1997 she started doing breakdance. Projects with Pottporus and international touring followed. From 2006 – 2008 she performed in the Cirque du Soleil / Beatles Show “LOVE” in Las Vegas and worked with the choreographers Dave St-Pierre, Margie Gillis and Daniel Ezralow. In 2008, she produced her first solo performance [SLIK], which won the Linz o9 - Culture Capital of Europe Award in 2009 and Posthof, and successfully toured in Europe and Africa with it. In 2009, Silke Grabinger was granted a scholarship for music and performing arts (bmukk), and received the Austrian design state award for a group exhibition with “space &design strategies “. She created the character ANIMA in ”play- Guldaplay“ in honour of Friedrich Gulda, together with Paul Gulda, Martha Agerich and others at Wiener Konzerthaus. She also played the main character in the Klangwolke performance “babyjet“ by lawinetorren. Besides VERSUCHSPERSON, her current work includes several group performances together with her Company SILK Cie. & SILK Fluegge.

SILK Cie. is a company for contemporary urban dance and art. Its collective of artists is located at the intersection of contemporary performing art and space/design strategies. A crucial focus of the company's work lies on critical engagement with social phenomena, artistic paradigms and the function and situatedness of the audience.


Presented as part of the Bazaar Festival by Motus, producers of the Alfred ve dvoře Theatre in collaboration with Österreichisches Kulturforum Prag.
Supported by: A SILK Cie. Production with Impulstanz Festival and Szene Salzburg,
Supported by Stadt Wien MA7, bmukk, Stadt Linz, Land OÖ, Student Centar Zagreb.