A personal and intimate look behind the scenes of Meg Stuart's creative process.
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. Ten years ago, 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 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.