Shelf Life

In her new video work, choreographer Meg Stuart explores the Vorklinik, a modernist building erected in 1971–76 for the University of Graz’s medical faculty, that has meanwhile been demolished, as it was considered too dysfunctional for further use. Together with two dancers, Stuart attempts to mark this brutal transition through a sensorial processing of the building’s vast, empty spaces. Like the modernist project, the attempt to fit their bodies into the architecture of the Vorklinik is slated to fail. With tenderness and sensuality, they connect past and future, dream and decay.


Video, 24'
Directed by Meg Stuart
With Jayson Batut, Philipp Gehmacher, Meg Stuart
Music Hahn Rowe
Costume design Aino Laberenz
Camera and DOP Stephane Leonard
Editing Stephane Leonard, Meg Stuart
Drone Stefan Schmid (AV Baby)
Thanks to Damaged Goods, Paul Freeman, Zach Hart, Isabelle Pauwelyn
Commissioned and produced by steirischer herbst '23
With the kind support of the Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft

© Stephane Leonard
© Stephane Leonard
© Stephane Leonard
© Stephane Leonard