The performance was created during an artist fellowship in Finland. Dream and wakefulness are the key themes of this work, in which lights, objects, gestures, videos, texts, and sounds are overlaid.
Alpine hikes and walks in the city have, in the past, provided sources of inspiration for Gregory Stauffer, who works with video, visual arts and performance. He has made walking both a source of inspiration and the subject of his new solo performance. He humorously and cleverly examines the mechanism that transforms and connects the mind and body as we walk. Gregory Stauffer abandons complex staging, restricting himself to a few props and costumes and focusing on the very essence of wandering: the ground, and the feet.
60 years of performance art in Switzerland museum Tinguely, 20.09.2017 - 28.01.2018
Verbmemove is a homage to Richard Serra, who in 1967 drew up a list of verbs all about his actions. As a choreographer and dancer Stauffer performs an interpretation of these verbs.
PerformanceProcess Paris, Centre culturel suisse 18.09-13.12.2015
Gregory Stauffer transforms the footsteps of the walker into the raw material for an uplifting choreographic performance. ...
Gregory Stauffer transforms the footsteps of the walker into the raw material for an uplifting choreographic performance.
The English term desire line refers to paths created by the footfalls of walkers. More poetic than the word “shortcut”, the desire line arises from the desire to choose one's own route and leave established pathways behind. This could also be said of Walking, Gregory Stauffer's latest creation.
Tracing out a footpath in the mountains, collecting objects petrified by time, watching a feather fall, and allowing oneself to be guided by the force of gravity, music, and play, are all examples of the curiosities to be found in Gregory Stauffer's cabinet: an array of subtle materials collected along footpaths in cities and the countryside he has walked through all over Switzerland (with a few detours taking him to the United States and the Ruhr). This living, ever-changing archive contains the activities of Gregory Stauffer, and serves as a raw material for his latest creation entitled Walking.
Although this solo performance is his fourth opus, Walking remains loyal to the freshness and spirit of his previous works, rooted in a sense of wonder and energy and reflecting his unique way of looking at the world at large. He demonstrates great maturity and discipline in the way he explores the central theme—walking—via a polyphonic range of potentialities that is both coherent and powerfully theatrical.
After a period of experimentation, Walking is also an opportunity to present a more intensely biographical and choreographic piece relating to the figure of the walker. It is not only an exploration of the notion of wandering, but also an investigation of the possibility of making the places where we walk into a backdrop for our lives. To the beat of the drum, let's follow Gregory Stauffer's journeys through a fable that takes us higher and higher, to a place where the sun shines for us all.
Laurence Wagner, theatre programmer at TU – Théâtre de l'Usine in Geneva