Eszter Salamon

'Monument', © Eszter Salamon
'Monument', © Eszter Salamon


Eszter Salamon is a Hungarian choreographer, dancer and performer. Since 2001, she has been creating solo and group pieces that have been shown in Europe, Asia, South America and the USA. Her work revolves around choreography, navigating between different media: video, sound, music, text, voice and movement. Recently, Salamon has started working on a series that explores both the notion of monument and the practice of "rewriting" history. After MONUMENT 0: Haunted by wars (1913–2013) her current projects MONUMENT 0.1: Valda and Gus (2015) and MONUMENT 0.2 (museum version, 2016), focus on the experience of aging of the dancers Valda Setterfield and Gus Solomons Jr. Salamon is artist in residence till 2017 at the CND, un centre d'art pour la danse.

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The remarkable presence of Eszter Salamon's work in the international contemporary dance scene is marked, above all, by her distinct approach to the body. Already from her early works, Salamon's choreographic investigation has attended to peeling the body's socio-political and cultural "skins" so that the body can pierce through as a material fact of life. Her recent opus comprises both large-scale, visually rich pieces and process-oriented arte povera performances. Though they involve a variety of formats and media, the body's double existence – affective and signifying – plays a role in most of her recent works as well.

Therein, Salamon's examination of the body is coloured by two specificities: one being a reminiscence of a socialist society, where every single individual is seen as a part of a bigger, collective entity, and the other being a feminist attitude fuelled mostly by the liberating politics and body art of the 1960s. We can see that, although she operates in the "contemporary international dance scene", Salamon basically draws from "dislocated" contexts, and what makes her work so exciting is exactly a persistent introduction of these concerns into that scene.
As a result, the affective body that appears on Salamon's stage is not a romantic and universal mute body. It is rather a body that can speak and lie, a body of hidden histories, of the stories that could have happened and of those that happen before we find the words to tell them.
Ana Vujanović

Productions since 2014

MONUMENT 0: Haunted by wars (1913 –2013) (2014)

MONUMENT 0.1: Valda & Gus (2015) Eszter Salamon & Christophe Wavelet

MONUMENT 0.2: Valda & Gus (2016) Eszter Salamon & Christophe Wavelet

Wars & Dances (2016), commissioned by P.A.R.T.S.