Stuart / Gehmacher / Miller: the fault lines

Damaged Goods & Mumbling Fish

  • © Eva Würdinger
    (c) Eva Würdinger
  • (c) Vladimir Miller
  • © Eva Würdinger
    (c) Eva Würdinger
  • © Nina Gundlach
    (c) Nina Gundlach

the fault lines began with a research project in the framework of the festival Sommerszene in Salzburg, where the prizewinning pathbreaking American choreographer Meg Stuart and her Austrian colleague Philipp Gehmacher invited the visual artist Vladimir Miller to participate in a collaboration. The three artists then used this collaboration to create the fault lines as a joint performance where the lines separating the genres are transgressed. What begins as an intense physical interaction gradually, almost unnoticeably, becomes a fascinating video installation. Again and again the perspectives of the audience on the two performers shift. While at the beginning they are bodies that seem entangled with another in love or struggle, the installation level of the video gradually reveals details that were previously concealed.  Random movements and only seemingly fleeting moments take on a new meaning—a truth all its own along the ›fault lines‹ between two extremely vulnerable bodies that encounter one another in intimacy and distance, in dream-like abstraction and undisguised precision, manipulating and repairing, dividing, separating, and finding one another once again. With the fault lines, Meg Stuart, Philipp Gehmacher, and Vladimir Miller have achieved a sensitive masterpiece. Combining dance performance and video installation, the result is not just an amalgam of genres, but an intimate encounter between bodies and installation that finds its own reality in a fragile puzzle of projected, marked, and real images.

Light —
Jan Maertens
Sound —
Vincent Malstaf
Costumes —
Nina Gundlach
Artistic assistant —
Philipp Hochleichter
Stage assistant —
Ania Pas


— 19. September 2013
Further dates
— 20. 21. September
— about 50 min
— 19. September: 19.30
On performance days, the video installation Silence, Exile, Deceit by Douglas Gordon at Mischanlage is open until 20.00 clock.
— 20 / 30 €
Reduced prices start at 10,00 €
  • Thu19Sep
    Stuart / Gehmacher / Miller: the fault lines on 19. September 2013 at 8.00 PM
  • Fri20Sep
    Stuart / Gehmacher / Miller: the fault lines on 20. September 2013 at 8.00 PM
  • Sat21Sep
    Stuart / Gehmacher / Miller: the fault lines on 21. September 2013 at 8.00 PM

Press Comments

Zwei Akteure und ein ebenso agierender Beobachter: >the fault lines< in der Mumok Factory ist eine groβartige Ménage à trois zwischen Performern, Bild und Publikum.

— Helmut Ploebst, Der Standard, 08.02.2011

Those who accept the obscure, at times repetitive structure of remembrance and who tolerate the unhurried rhythm will discover many things in the fault lines. This is a magic performance that should above all be experienced.

— Sarah Vankersschaever, De Standaard, 14.05.2010

A production of Damaged Goods, Mumbling Fish in coproduction with SCENE Salzburg. Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods is supported by Flemish authorities and Flemish Community Commission. Philipp Gehmacher / Mumbling Fish is supported by the Culture Department of the City of Vienna.

Presented by PACT Zollverein for the Ruhrtriennale.