Dance is an approach and an experiment, it is research, action and testing in equal mesure, and theater is a place for participation. Dance is a way of life, theater a way of sharing.
Since 1994, laborgras has continually pushed the edges of dance expression, researching the conditions for dancing and taking them further. laborgras is a collective that works with a wide range of artists and artistic disciplines. By transcending categories, they can experiment with new spaces and possibilities, broadening horizons for themselves and others.
The laborgras concept values continuous exchange and supporting every opportunity for an encounter. The only limits are on what is feasible and what is desired. The workflow is organic, with pieces and choreographies developing naturally into what they need to become. This approach means that a process is never entirely complete: each new discovery opens new possibilities, every possibility leads to new discoveries.
Studio laborgras is an indispensable place where this daily work can happen; a place for welcoming guests, for international cooperation, for rehearsing and performing. The studio is a field wherein every proposition is valid, every step moves forward, openness, curiosity and exchange are an integral part of a project’s progress.
For Renate Graziadei and Arthur Stäldi, the founders and artistic gravitational point of laborgras, dance is a way of living, and through dance life can be observed, whether by spectators or dancers. Dance involves letting go, abandoning in the sense of surrendering, experimenting in the sense of researching. Dance is movement, movement is life and dance is that life’s physical form of expression.