The times of short-lived, brave and heroic men and their martial codes seem long gone, yet many of their behavioural patterns and ways of thinking still have a way of prevailing today. From gender courtesy and gallantry to MMORPGs, Live Action Role Playing and TV shows – all inspired by medieval knighthood – a revival of male codes of valour and honour is thriving on the marketplace.
In a society attempting to move on and free itself from heavily patriarchal structures, the concepts of chivalry and chauvinism are dangerously intertwined. The armoured body is used as a symbolic representation of these concepts, exemplifying the discrepancy between the outer and the inner: An idea of masculinity derived from being hard and unforgiving on the outside, while soft and understanding at heart.
Idea and Performance: Alex Deutinger and Alexander Gottfarb
Sound: Stephan Sperlich
Lighting Design: Peter Thalhamer
A coproduction between Kunstverein Archipelago, PI22 and WUK performing arts
Supported by: Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien, Stadt Graz Kultur, Kultur Land Steiermark, Bundeskanzleramt Österreich and The Place London
BestOFFStyria Jury Prize 2015
Tanzquartier Feedback Selection 2015
Aerowaves Priority Selection 2015
Springforward Selection 2015
Swedish Dancenet Selection 2017