Interview: Franziska Angerer

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Interview: Franziska Angerer

Luca Curci talks with artist Franziska Angerer during Venice Experimental Video and Performance Art Festival exhibition in Venice on September 2015.

Franziska Angerer was born in Texas (USA) and trained as a dancer in Munich, Germany and the Académie de Danse Classique of Monte Carlo. She worked as a dancer i.a. at the Bavarian State Opera, the Staatsheater am Gärtnerplatz Munich and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Currently she is studying “theatre direction” at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Munich and is directing and coreographing different theatre events, performances and films.

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Luca Curci – Can you talk about your personal experience in Venice? What did you think about the whole organization of the event, the artists’ selection, the communication management and opening nights?

Franziska Angerer – Unfortuantelly I could not partecipate personally in the event, but the organization in advance worked very well and I felt warmly welcome with my project “Chrysalis” in Venice.

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L. C. – What do you think about the collaboration between It’s LIQUID and Ca’ Zanardi/Venice Art House? What do you think about International ArtExpo and It’s LIQUID organizations? Do you think they can represent an opportunity for artists?

F. A. – I really think it’s a good occasion for an artist to present his or her work at the Venice Art House and get to know other artist. It’s very important for all artists to get a platform for their work and the chance to spread it out.

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L. C. – Can you talk about the artwork you presented in Venice. How is it linked with festival’s theme?

F. A. – The topic of memories is something very important in my art work. The experimental film “Chrysalis” (orig. title “Entpuppenhaus”) is about one getting conftonted with its own memories, with something that seems to lay behind one, but actually constitutes the idea of oneself. They might have never been obvious, but once in a while these aspects of yourself are revealed. The most frightening thing is maybe to meet those projections of yourself, facets, you don’t want to know about, which are beyond your control and make you lose ground. However, facing yourself may result in greater freedom and a larger room to move. The past is creating future.

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L. C. – What are you currently working on?

F. A. – I’m currently working on a dance theatre, called “Enemy in the Figure”, which is performed for the Hessische Staatstheater Wiesbaden in Germany in cooperation with the international choreographer Gaetano Posterino. Furthermore I will direct a play based on the film “Dekalog” from Krzysztof Kieślowski, which will have its premiere in November in Munich.

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L. C. – What is art for you?

F. A. – That is probably the most difficult question one can answer, but mainly being an artist for me is having the very strong need to express yourself, the things that are moving you and your surounding and always be in search. That for sure does not say anything about the quality of art, but it is the vital spark for it. The possibility to “fail” is an essential part of artwork and extends the possibilities of expression – and it broadens the way of redefining your approach to art and the way you want to see it.


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