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Let's not get used to this placeWorks 2008-2023

A personal and intimate look behind the scenes of Meg Stuart's creative process over more than a decade.
Since the early nineties, Meg Stuart, and her dance company Damaged Goods, based in Brussels, have produced a remarkable and audacious body of choreographic work. In 2010, Damaged Goods published Are we here yet?, which spans the first twenty years of Meg Stuart's career. In the follow-up book Let's not get used to this place, the choreographer looks back on more than a decade of works through reflections, interviews, scores, and notes on the practice of creating, performing, teaching and living dance. These are mixed with reports, essays and poetry by collaborators and other observers, photos, performance texts and archive material. The book's title, gleaned from one of Stuart's recent video works, ties together these multifarious sources in a desire to discard tried and tested strategies, explore new contexts, and transgress the edge of what we (do not) know.
Let's not get used to this place gives a sense of the plentitude of motions, inspirations and personalities that energize Meg Stuart's creative cosmos. It offers a personal and intimate look behind the scenes of the creative process, and expands this to include the world around it. As a journey through her more recent career, an inspiring manual and a work of art in its own right, it has a wide appeal to an international base of artists, students and peers, and to anyone who is interested in performance.
Meg Stuart (born 1965 in New Orleans) is an American choreographer living and working in Berlin and Brussels, where she founded her dance company Damaged Goods, and Berlin. She makes performances for theaters and film, as well as for intimate settings and diverse spaces such as industrial warehouses and urban rooftops. Her choreographic work expresses a vision of human corporality that embraces flaws and encompasses people's drive to overcome boundaries of many kinds. As a teacher and curator, she creates collective spaces where artists can gather, reflect and form alliances. Not resting on past achievements, Meg Stuart incessantly strives to explore new artistic ways, working in close collaboration with performers, musicians, visual artists and authors. Increasingly, her interest in strategies of transcendence, voicing techniques and healing practices comes to surface in her creations. She has been recognized with the Bessie Award (2008, New York, USA), the Grand Prix de la Danse de Montréal (2014, Canada), the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement (2018, Venice, Italy) and other awards.
Edited by Astrid Kaminski, Jeroen Versteele, Julie De Meester.
Contributions by Jean-Marc Adolphe, Preethi Athreya, Mariana Tengner Barros, Sandra Blatterer, Márcio Kerber Canabarro, Varinia Canto Vila, CA Conrad, Descha Daemgen, Jorge de Hoyos, Igor Dobricic, Brendan Dougherty, Doris Dziersk, Tim Etchells, Moriah Evans, Thomas F. DeFrantz, Jule Flierl, Alain Franco, Davis Freeman, Ami Garmon, Philipp Gehmacher, Jared Gradinger, Ezra Green, Claudia Hill, Maija Hirvanen, Elise Misao Hunchuck, Astrid Kaminski, Kiraṇ Kumār, André Lepecki and Eleonora Fabiano, Jean-Paul Lespagnard, Marc Lohr, Matthias Mohr, Anne-Françoise Moyson, Anja Müller, Kotomi Nishiwaki, Jeroen Peeters, Alejandro Penagos, Léa Poiré, Leyla Postalcıoğlu, Ana Rocha, Tian Rotteveel, Hahn Rowe, Isabella Fernandes Santana, Maria F. Scaroni, Bernd M. Scherer, Kerstin Schroth, Gerald Siegmund, Charlotte Simon, Mieko Suzuki, Claire Vivianne Sobottke, Poorna Swami, Meg Stuart, Margarita Tsomou, Kristof Van Boven, Elke Van Campenhout, Myriam Van Imschoot, Jeroen Versteele, Doug Weiss, Stefanie Wenner, Jozef Wouters.

Graphic design: Sean Yendrys.
2024 (publication expected by 3rd quarter)
English edition
16,5 x 23 cm (softcover)
528 pages (ill.)
ISBN : 978-2-37896-415-3
EAN : 9782378964153
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