sixty minutes towards being there

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sixty minutes towards being there
Concept / Direction / Performance: Frank Willens
Music: Katherine Young
SAT 19 AUGUST | 7PM | FREE

Presented with support from the Getting To Know Europe program, awarded by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Chicago.

“…or this is probably going to be a downer, or in lieu of addressing insurmountable graver circumstances, or best to keep on believing, or giddy-up cowboy, or too old to be new, or some more rituals from the discarded catalogue…the title can change, but nothing is to be taken for granted…that’s another possibility. Each night Frank will be out there on the stage dancing, performing, negotiating. Each night there will be a different musical guest. The situation will shift. The moment will never repeat.”

Frank Willens (US/DE) is a dancer, choreographer, and performer. He grew up in California and has lived and worked in Berlin since 2003 where he has had the privilege to work with a wide number of persons in a wide range of projects presented in a wide range of venues. His associates include Tino Sehgal, Meg Stuart, Boris Charmatz, Falk Richter, and Peter Stamer, to name a few. He’s received funding from the Berlin Senate to conduct research being a homeless person on the streets of San Francisco and from September of 2017 he will be a member of the ensemble of the Volksbühne in Berlin under the direction of Chris Dercon. His recent works include Between Us, a performative collaboration between himself and the actor Moritz Vierboom, as well as a synchronized swimming video shot in a public fountain with the visual artist Isa Melsheimer which will be shown during the Urban Ruhr Festival in October. His new solo piece sixty minutes towards being here or what we can do until we do what we can do premiered in Berlin in January 2017 On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense is his 5th collaboration with Peter Stamer.

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Frank Willens photo by Tilman Strauß

Note: Friday, August 18 at 6PM, Frank Willens will present Nietzsche in America at Silent Funny: 4106-08 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60651 www.silentfunny.org

Presented with support from the Getting To Know Europe program, awarded by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Chicago. Defibrillator is made possible with support from the Martha Strutters Farley and Donald C. Farley, Jr. Family Foundation; DFBRL8R Board of Directors; the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Performance; and generous contributions from those who attend exhibitions.

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