Ghost Dances

Marc Vanrunxt & Sabina Holzer


Quote#1: Behind him there were no more words, no silence, no backward and no forward. The space surrounding him was the opposite of space, infinitethought in which those who entered, their heads veiled, existed only for nothing.

Quote#2: She hurled herself against the extra-ordinary sonority of nothingness which is made of the reverse of sound, and before her spread wondrous falls, dreamless sleep, the fading away which buries the dead in a life of dream, the death by which every man, even the weakest spirit, becomes spirit itself.

Source: Thomas, the Obscure (1941), Maurice Blanchot

Sabina Holzer and Marc Vanrunxt met through photographer David Bergé. They met several times in Antwerp and Vienna and developed the wish to work together, not necessarily on a 'production' but rather a project. Ghost dances took the form of a double residency. The residency in Monty will be mirrored by one in TanzQuartier in Vienna. Both residencies will end with a public showing.

After Ghost Dances Antwerpen in Monty in March, Sabina Holzer and Marc Vanrunxt continued their conversation and collaboration in TanzQuartier Wien.  After exactly 5 days of brainstorming and exchange, Sabina and Marc presented a 30 minutes Ghost Dances Vienna.  This time the cocktail consisted of a weird text by William Burroughs, a sweet poem by Musa McKim, a conversation between Morton Feldman and Philip Guston New York Studio School october 23 1968.  The movements were based on the principle of breathing in and out, of going up and down, and finally touching the space and touching the audience.  Sabina and Marc opened the windows of Studio 3 to welcome the singing of the birds, the Viennese wind and the sunshine.  Secretly they put a soundrecording of singing birds, to accentuate the real and the unreal.  The performance was witnessed by 40 people sitting around and in the dance space, very close to the performers.


Concept & Performance: Marc Vanrunxt & Sabina Holzer
Music: Eleh - Night of Pure Energy; Death is Eternal Bliss; Measuring the Unmeasurable
Light: Wouter Dupon
Costum: from the Kunst/Werk archive
Production: Kunst/Werk
In collaboration with: Monty and TanzQuartier Wenen


  • 19/03/13 Monty, Antwerp
  • 24/05/13 TanzQuartier Wien