Running gag

Premiere on the 11th of April in the program of brut Wien.

Performance dates and venues:
VBKÖ – Maysedergasse 2, 1010 Vienna
11.04.2018, 20:00
13.04.2018, 18:00
14.04.2018, 16:00
14.04.2018, 18:00

das weisse haus – Hegelgasse 14, 1010 Vienna
17.04.2018, 20:00
21.04.2018, 18:00
21.04.2018, 20:00

Running gag Sööt/Zeyringer

Photo: Nora Jacobs

Running gag scrutinises power and gender ratios in the realm of humour: Who’s allowed to be funny, and who laughs at whom? On the lookout for female role models in the history of humour, Sööt/Zeyringer examine slapstick comedies from the 1910s, shedding a light on gender and humour at a time when the role of women was undergoing major changes.

The starting point of this lecture performance are the courageous, extraordinary and witty heroines of the silent-film era in the early 20th century. While they were influential, famous and popular during their lifetimes, they are mostly forgotten today. In the course of their research in archives, Sööt/Zeyringer discovered female pioneers of silent film named Marie Dressler, Ossi Oswalda and Sarah Duhamel. In their films, they wreaked havoc, dressed in men’s clothes and put their bodies to highly expressive uses. Many female actors, directors, screenwriters and producers used humour as an empowerment strategy and a method to break through existing limitations. In Running gag, Sööt/Zeyringer use historical footage, film clips, facts and personal stories to collage a fictional documentary about the ever changing relationship between gender and humour now and then.

Concept Sööt/Zeyringer Performance Tiina Sööt, Dorothea Zeyringer Research and text Emilia Lichtenwagner, Sööt/Zeyringer Artistic advice and coaching Nora Jacobs Artistic and dramaturgical advice Andrea Salzmann Set design and video Nora Jacobs, Sööt/Zeyringer Rehearsal assistant Emilia Lichtenwagner Costume Signe Rose

A co-production by Sööt/Zeyringer and brut Wien. With the kind support of the City of Vienna’s Department of Cultural Affairs. Thanks to Fleetstreet Residenz Hamburg.

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On time at 18. Salzburger Performance Tage

We are showing “On time – a performance with 38 beginnings” at 18. Salzburger Performance Tage.

24. March 2018
In the program of Kontraste – Lange Nacht des Tanzes
starting from 19:30
ARGEkultur, Salzburg, Austria

“On time – A performance with 38 beginnings” addresses the time before the beginning of an action, the time where everything is longing for the beginning or the end. The performers use the possibility to constantly start anew, simultaneously failing to begin at all.

On time

Photo: eSeL

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Showing at Fleetstreet Residency Hamburg

The work-in-progress showing of our project Running gag is presented at the Fleetstreet residency Hamburg on the 9th of February at 6 pm.

Running gag
Work-in-progress showing by Sööt/Zeyringer
09.02.18 at 18:00
Fleetstreet Theater
Admiralitätstraße 71, 20459 Hamburg

Photo: Nora Jacobs

Running gag questions power and gender relations in humour – who is allowed to be funny and who laughs at whom? While looking for female role models in the history of humour, Sööt/Zeyringer deals with the slapstick comedies of the 1910s and highlights gender and humour at the time of great change in the role of women.

The performance premieres in April 2018 at brut Vienna. At the Fleetstreet residency in Hamburg Sööt/Zeyringer presents a work-in-progress showing.

Tiina Sööt and Dorothea Zeyringer work in Vienna as a duo since 2012. Their performative work is situated at the intersection of visual arts, dance and theatre and has been presented at imagetanz brut Wien, FEEDBACK festival Tanzquartier Wien, Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava Tallinn, Kunstraum Niederoesterreich and Schauspiel Köln among others.

Concept: Sööt/Zeyringer Performance: Tiina Sööt, Dorothea Zeyringer Research and text: Emilia Lichtenwagner, Sööt/Zeyringer Dramaturgical advice and coaching: Nora Jacobs Stage design: Nora Jacobs, Sööt/Zeyringer

A co-production of Sööt/Zeyringer and brut Vienna. With the kind support of the City of Vienna’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Fleetstreet Residenz, Hamburgische Kulturstiftung and Rudolf Augstein Stiftung. 

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Exhibition “On time / Õigeaegselt”

Sööt/Zeyringer’s exhibition at Hobusepea Gallery in Tallinn 7.06. – 03.07.2017

Opening of the exhibition on the 7th of June at 7pm. Performances during the opening will start at 7pm
The exhibition is open 7.06. – 03.07.2017
Hobusepea galerii, Hobusepea 2, Tallinn

Sööt/Zeyringer On time

Sööt/Zeyringer’s live performances and video works are based on movement and text which are combined in rhythmical and poetic structures. In their work they try to find beauty, poetry, wit and absurdity in every-day acts, language and objects. Sööt/Zeyringer focuses on seemingly self-evident situations that are almost imperceptible, but most of us can identify with. In a poetic and humoristic way the works turn everyday procedures and acts upside down, revealing the performative potential of simple situations. By putting these insignificant moments into a new context, Sööt/Zeyringer‘s work speaks about larger matters.

The show “On time” combines 3 performative works by Sööt/Zeyringer. At the opening 2 of the pieces are shown as live performances.

Supported by Estonian Cultural Endowment

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lonely lonely @ FEEDBACK, Tanzquartier Vienna

We are showing “lonely lonely” at FEEDBACK festival at Tanzquartier Vienna.

WED 26. APR. 2017 – 16.00 TQW / Studios
THU 27. APR. 2017 – 16.00 TQW / Studios

Sööt/Zeyringer once again invite the audience to discover their unique and minimalist performance cosmos. In lonely lonely, they investigate the tension between desired and undesired loneliness, the need for human warmth and the simultaneous need for privacy. Using dry humour, subtle irony and cardboard boxes, the two performers create a rhythmic-choreographic dialogue on being lonesome and being together, while in the midst of minimalist and accurate execution, moments of surprise and poetry flare up.

CONCEPT: Sööt/Zeyringer
PERFORMANCE: Tiina Sööt, Dorothea Zeyringer
DRAMATURGICAL ADVISOR: Andrea Salzmann, Anat Stainberg
LIGHT DESIGN: Andrea Salzmann
COSTUMES: Laia Fabre
SOUND: Masha Dabelka

A co-production by Sööt / Zeyringer, imagetanz/brut Wien and Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava in co-operation with Im_flieger. With the kind support of the City of Vienna’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the Arts Division and the Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria, the Austrian Embassy in Tallinn and the Estonian cultural fund Eesti Kultuurkapital. Thanks to Tanz*Hotel | Resort 1020 and Bert Gstettner, TURBO Residency at ImPulsTanz, Studio Matsune.

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We will figure it out @ Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava Tallinn

Next performances of “We will figure it out” at Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava, Tallinn

12. and 13. of April 19:00
Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava,
Telliskivi 60a, korpus C1
NB! Limited seats –> TICKETS

With their fine sense of humour, poetry and absurdity, the choreographic works of artist duo Sööt/Zeyringer explore every-day situations, objects and language. After inviting the audience to visit one of their rehearsals during last year’s imagetanz festival, Sööt/Zeyringer are now guests of imagetanz with the premiere of We will figure it out.

We will figure it out deals with the creative potential of seemingly unsolvable situations. Sööt/Zeyringer explore strategies to leave beaten artistic tracks, turning obstacles upside down, slaving away against resistances or simply changing the rules altogether. In the middle of all this chaos, terrible, insurmountable difficulties and unsolvable situations become the key components of their piece, giving them critical impulses for their artistic work.

Concept: Sööt/Zeyringer; Performance: Tiina Sööt, Dorothea Zeyringer; dramaturgical consultation: Katalin Erdődi: Sound design: Matthias Peyker, Sound engineering: Tamara Wilhelm, Costume design: Lise Lendais, Set design: Lise Lendais, Sööt/Zeyringer, Light: Denise Kamschal, Production assistant: Daphne Schöning

A co-production by Sööt/Zeyringer, imagetanz/brut Wien and Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava. With the kind support of the City of Vienna’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the Austrian Federal Chancellor’s Office, and Cultural Endowment of Estonia. Thanks to Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, transeuropa2015 – European Festival of Performing Arts, Cäcilia Wosnitzka

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Never Name the Shelf @ 17. Salzburger Performance Tage

We are presenting our short performance “Never Name the Shelf” at 17. Salzburger Performance Tage in the frame of Kontraste – Die Lange Nacht des Tanzes

08. April, 19:00
ARGEkultur Salzburg
Ulrike-Gschwandtner-Straße 5 – 5020 Salzburg


photo: Lena Lieselotte Schuster

In Never Name the Shelf, Tiina Sööt and Dorothea Zeyringer examine a notion of work which does not comply with the desire for a concrete result. The two of them observe the working process of assembling furniture with the utmost concentration and in the process shift the focus from the real aim of the procedure – the completed object – toward the sequences of movement for assembly. Each hand movement is translated into linguistic instructions and makes the proximity between work and worker clearly noticeable. A choreographic work sequence that revises the relationship between production and product.

Concept and Performance: Tiina Sööt, Dorothea Zeyringer
A production of Sööt/Zeyringer, supported by Estonian Culture Endowment.

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