The SOTA@GARAGE performance festival is the final event in the annual SOTA intensive program in contemporary dance and performance.
SOTA was started last year by dancer and choreographer Dina Khuseyn, and this year became a part of the public program at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Every year the program is structured around a different theme; this year’s program is called Mass vs. Multitude: Alternative Spaces and focuses on studying the shifting perception of collectiveness and union, as well as present-day attitudes toward “mass action.” How different is the idea of “unity” today compared with the same notion several years—or decades—ago?
The festival opens on Friday, June 3, with Collective Jumps. Installation, a performance by German choreographer Isabelle Schad and artist Laurent Goldring, created in collaboration with SOTA@GARAGE students. The show opened in 2014 at Berlin’s well-known HAU Hebbel am Ufer theater center, and in their performance, Schad and Goldring address the issues of collectiveness and resistance, exploring the possible relations between freedom and form in dance.
On Saturday, July 4, 16 SOTA students will turn Garage Atrium and ground floor into a performance space. Performances based on the students’ final projects and their teachers’ works will happen randomly throughout the day, and will explore the potentiality of the museum as a public space. This summer will mark Garage’s first year in its new building, a former restaurant and Soviet Modernist structure that was converted into a museum of contemporary art. Over the past year, it has become one of the most popular recreation zones in the city. All works presented at the festival explore different ways of making sense of the public beyond organized collective activities.
On Sunday, visitors are invited to see Choir, a musical performance by Dmitri Kourliandski specially created for the SOTA@GARAGE performance festival. The work explores the nature of governing and subordination, and is designed to engage the audience in the process of collective creation.
Organized by Dina Khuseyn, Founder of the SOTA educational program, and Anastasia Mityushina, Garage Curator of Public Programs.