“Propelled by loud sound and booming silence, Meg Stuart’s new choreography channels pent-up energies – natural, musical and alchemical – and slams with the force of a tsunami.” — Oonagh Duckworth, The Bulletin

Last seen at NYU Skirball with Until Our Hearts Stop (2018), Meg Stuart|Damaged Goods returns with VIOLET (2011), perhaps her most abstract work so far, turning to movement as its primary motor. The five dancers reveal simultaneously and singularly a landscape of energetic patterns and kinetic sculptures, a charged terrain of options. Musician Brendan Dougherty’s electronic music and drums, performed live, accompanies the dancers.

Recipient of the Venice Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in Dance and 2008 Bessie Award (and Tisch alum), Meg Stuart, born in New Orleans, is a choreographer, director and dancer who lives and works in Berlin and Brussels. With her company Damaged Goods, founded in 1994, she has created over thirty productions, moving freely between the genres of dance, theater, and visual arts. Her work is driven by a sense of experiment and artistic cross-pollination, challenging the limits of the body and expanding our perception of reality. She uses fiction and shifting narrative layers to expose the scripts that are written not only on our bodies but also on the spaces and landscapes that we move in. Stuart’s work questions how we can rewrite these histories of ourselves and others not by looking back, but by harnessing the potential of the moment. Through her practice, she explores dance as a way to transform the social fabric and gather communities.


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Choreography Meg Stuart
Created with Alexander Baczynski-Jenkins, Varinia Canto Vila, Adam Linder, Kotomi Nishiwaki, Roger Sala Reyner
Performed by Varinia Canto Vila, Márcio Kerber Canabarro, Renan Martins de Oliveira, Kotomi Nishiwaki, Roger Sala Reyner
Live music Brendan Dougherty
Dramaturgy Myriam Van Imschoot
Scenography Janina Audick
Light design Jan Maertens
Costumes Nina Kroschinske
Sound design Richard König
Assistant scenography Julia Kneusels
Assistant costumes Nina Witkiewicz
Rehearsal coach Joséphine Evrard
Technical coordinator Tom De Langhe
Light Frank Laubenheimer
Tour manager Delphine Vincent


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NYU Skirball’s programs are made possible with support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and by Howard Gilman Foundation, FACE Foundation, General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the USA, Collins Building Services, Consolidated Edison, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and Marta Heflin Foundation, as well as our valued donors through memberships and commissioning fund support.

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Fri, Sep 23 @ 7:30pm

Sat, Sep 24 @ 7:30pm

A dancer in a black shirt stands at the center of the picture screaming with someone in the background whose arms are raised towards the sky.
VIOLET © Laura Van Severen
A dancer wearing a gray tank top and back pants stand with both arms facing one way covering his face.
VIOLET © Laura Van Severen
Two dancers stand with a black background with their knees bent and one has their arms raised to the sky while the other has their arms bent in front of them and in fists.
VIOLET © Laura Van Severen
Dancers stand in a circle appearing to have jumped before the photo was taken.
VIOLET © Laura Van Severen
Two dancers stand with a black background with their knees bent and one has their arms raised to the sky while the other has their arms bent in front of them and in fists.
VIOLET © Laura Van Severen