Chivalry is Dead

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Datum der Aufzeichnung: 24.04.2015




»Chivalry is only a name for that general spirit or state of mind which disposes men to heroic actions, and keeps them conversant with all that is beautiful and sublime in the intellectual and moral world.« (Sir Kenelm Henry Digby, The Broad Stone of Honour, or Rules for the Gentlemen of England)

Alex Deutinger and Alexander Gottfarb, in full body armour, question the prevalence of knightly valour and blood-spattered fantasy in TV and gaming. No horse, no damsels, no enemies – how can they keep up their medieval ideas of morals and manliness now? Must chivalry come to a clanking halt?

The times of short-lived, brave and heroic men and their martial codes seem long gone, yet many of their behavioural patterns and ways of thinking still have a way of prevailing today. From gender courtesy and gallantry to MMORPGs, Live Action Role Playing and TV shows - all inspired by medieval knighthood - a revival of male codes of "valour" and "honour" is thriving on the marketplace.

In a society attempting to move on and free itself from heavily patriarchal structures, the concepts of chivalry and chauvinism are dangerously intertwined. The armoured body is used as a symbolic representation of these concepts, exemplifying the discrepancy between the outer and the inner: An idea of masculinity derived from being hard and unforgiving on the outside, while soft and understanding at heart.

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Alex Deutinger studied Translation and Interpreting at Karl-Franzens University, Graz and Contemporary Dance at Anton Bruckner University, Linz. As a performer he has worked, among others, with Oleg Soulimenko, Christine Gaigg, Anna Mendelssohn. Since 2008 he has been creating his own works together with Marta Navaridas. Selected works: Your MajestiesSpeaking of Which, On the Other Hand.

Alexander Gottfarb studied dance at the Stockholm Ballet Academy. As a performer he has worked, among others, with Chris Haring/liquid loft, Elio Gervasi and Iztok Kova?. Selected works: Baga-Basta with Milan Tomášik (Les Slovaks), Marvel at the World, Political Movements, Moved by Faith, On Celebration and Lamentation.

Stephan Sperlich studied Computer Music and Electronic Media and Musicology at Vienna University. He works as composer, electronic musician, producer and cello-player. Selected projects: 78plus, Playbackdolls, Elektro Farmer, MANN ÜBER BORD! Selected releases: Im Denkturm, Wandelwelt, Ultranatural, Out of the Blue, Delightful Songs, Gnorf. 

IDEA AND PERFORMANCE: Alex Deutinger, Alexander Gottfarb

SOUND: Stephan Sperlich

LIGHT: Peter Thalhamer

COPRODUCTION: Kunstverein Archipelago, PI22 and WUK performing arts

SUPPORTED BY: Kulturamt der Stadt Wien, Stadt Graz Kultur, Kultur Land Steiermark, Bundeskanzleramt Österreich and The Place London

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