Meg Stuart is an American choreographer and dancer living and working in Berlin and Brussels. She founded her own company, Damaged Goods, in 1994, through which she has realised more than 30 productions, ranging from solos to large-scale choreographies, site-specific creations and improvisation projects. Stuart strives to develop a new language for every piece in collaboration with artists from different creative disciplines and navigates the tension between dance and theatre.
The use of theatrical devices, in addition to the dialogue between movement and narrative, are recurrent themes in her choreographies. Stuart's work revolves around the idea of an uncertain body, one that is vulnerable and self-reflexive. Damaged Goods has an on-going collaboration with Kaaitheater in Brussels and HAU Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin. At the invitation of artistic director Johan Simons, from 2015 to 2017 Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods will be collaborating with Ruhrtriennale. In 2016/17, Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods will be touring with VIOLET (2011), Built to Last (2012), Sketches/ Notebook (2013), Hunter (2014) and UNTIL OUR HEARTS STOP (2015).
Freedom and artistic autonomy form the nucleus of her artistic practice: new projects start with the questions that move her at the time. How does the world affect the body? How does a human being react to their memories and needs? What different kinds of touch are there? How is intimacy created and when are boundaries crossed? These are only some of the questions to which Stuart’s productions do not provide answers, but which are constantly developed into fascinating images and physical scenes.
UNTIL OUR HEARTS STOP (2015)