TanzLaboratorium is an independent research collective, based in Kyiv, Ukraine, that works with time in given, randomly found or consciously chosen spaces. The group’s artistic strategy manifests itself in permeating the gaps between contemporary art forms and destructing the linguistic conventions of these forms.
TanzLaboratorium views art as life’s process being actualized through performativity. Performativity in this case means a particular mode of artistic activity that somehow thematizes temporality.
The collective realizes its artistic practice primarily through working with the body as medium, with its own unique body-consciousness (proprioception) and body-imagination. The body is not used as an instrument but acts as the image author and critical agent for thinking. Physical practice is regarded as a method of critical analysis, and dance – by investigating its perception – becomes a way of thinking.
TanzLaboratorium is not concerned with progress or the future – whether better, happier, freer or apocalyptic. The group is interested in practices that enable movement toward the past, and precede art.
TanzLaboratorium’s initial members: Larysa Venediktova, Olga Komisar (Savchenko), Oleksandr Lebediev.
Current participants: Larysa Venediktova, Olga Komisar (Savchenko), Oleksandr Lebediev, Mariana Matveichuk, Anna Vinogradova, Larissa Babij, and others.
TanzLaboratorium were artists in residence at the Les Kurbas National Theatre Arts Centre in Kyiv from 2007–2010 and 2013–2019.