Interview: Theo Emil
Luca Curci talks with Theo Emil during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 – THE SECRET GARDEN, at Misericordia Archives.
I was born in Vienna and grew up there. From an early age on I was being able to unfold my artistic spirit and was supported in that by several people such as my parents and my first dance teacher. Today I am able to work in the field of contemporary dance, choreography and dance education most likely in Vienna.
Luca Curci – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
Theo Emil – I started dancing (Contemporary Dance) when I was 4, from then on it always accompanied me, sometimes more sometimes less. A few years ago I decided to study dance and now I am doing my BA in Contemporary dance, choreography and education
LC – What are you currently working on?
TE – On several projects, such as a choreographic group piece, several music videos, my website, and some other little projects.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your performances?
TE – It is a very personal piece, so it was important but also difficult to find a personal border to it.
LC – Are your videos and performances focused on a specific theme?
TE – Yes. They deal with structural issues of our society, that make people not feel welcomed and being excluded at the same time.
LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
TE – Definitely, I think my art is the experiment and the audience is taking part in this. So the direct feedback and vibrancy enriches me the most and fulfills my work.
LC – We were attracted by your live performance during the opening, has the piece presented been created for the exhibition or as a part of preexisting projects?
TE – Well, there was the Video Edition existing first, and the idea to do this piece live was developed out of this video.
LC – What is the message linked to the performance you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
TE – Clothes don’t define gender. In our daily life, we can understand situations by stereotypes but these assumptions aren’t always right and also dangerous. So through that, we categorize people, also by their clothes, but there is not only the one or the other: there is also an in-between. And again clothes don’t define gender. So the work creates this, for me, future landscape off, how a person can be seen differently and diverse. Also, I discovered this side of my identity again that I wasn’t able to show for a long time because I didn’t have the courage.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
TE – It’s a very great organization which gives to young artists an opportunity.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
TE – It was a very successful evening and opening night.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
TE – Definitely.