concept, artistic direction, video, music
Since more than two decades media-artist, director/choreographer and composer Klaus Obermaier creates innovative works in the area of performing arts, music, theatre and new media, highly acclaimed by critics and audience.
His inter-media performances and artworks are shown at major festivals and theaters throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America and Australia.
He worked with dancers of the Nederlands Dans Theater, Chris Haring, Robert Tannion (DV8), Desireé Kongerød (S.O.A.P. Dance Theatre Frankfurt) …
He composed for ensembles like Kronos Quartet, German Chamber Philharmonics, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Balanescu Quartet, among others.
Since 2006 he is visiting professor at the University IUAV of Venice teaching directing and new media. Also since 2006 he is jury member of the international choreography competition 'no ballet' in Ludwigshafen/Rhein, Germany. In 2005 and 2008 he taught as an adjunct professor for composition at the Webster University Vienna. In 2010 he held a one month course for choreography and new media at the Accademia Nazionale di Danza di Roma.
He gives lectures at international universities and institutions.
Worked together with international choreographers and groups like DV8 Physical Theatre (Lloyd Newson/GB), Nikolai/Luis Dance Cie. (USA), man act (GB), Nigel Charnock (GB), Pilottanzt (A), Tanz*Hotel (A), Willi Dorner (A) amongst others.
In his own choreography above all he conceives of the technique-saturated body as the core of new artistic developments, functionally as well as in regard to the aesthetics of movement. Together with the multi-media artist and composer Klaus Obermaier he developed the video-dance performances “D.A.V.E.” and “VIVISECTOR” that have been played all over Europe and in Asia, the USA and Australia with great success.
His 2003 production of “FREMDKÖRPER” is strongly influenced by science fiction and shows the body as a cybernetic landscape (premiere: October 2003 Tanzquartier Wien. 2004: “best performance”, Biennale de la Danse Lyon.) In 2004 he choreographed the solo “Legal Errorist” (stage performance and film/Mara Mattuschka) and for ImPulsTanz the duo “…diese Körper, diese Spielverderber…[…this body, this spoilsport…]. The new pieces kind of heroes (premiered in Burgtheater Vienna 5/2005) and „my private bodyshop“, (premiered in October 2005 at Tanzquartier Vienna.), were presented as a leading Austria dance work in Brussels during the EU president ship and also shown at the Tanzplattform 2/2006.
D.a.v.e. digital amplified video engine
Klaus Obermaier and Chris Haring