Michikazu Matsune (JP/AT): GOODBYE

21. 9., 20:00, performance (50′) @ &TD semicircular hall

Happily or sadly, there are times in life one must say goodbye. Michikazu Matsune’s performance is based on farewell letters, written by various people for different reasons – featuring letters from Empress Maria Theresa to her daughter Marie Antoinette given on the day of her departure for France, from a blind man to his deceased guide-dog, from Kamikaze pilot to his children before his mission, singer Kurt Cobain’s suicide note, among many others. Combining reading and dancing, Goodbye tells stories of personal relationships, love and complication, read between the lines.

Michikazu Matsune is a performance-artist and choreographer who works in various contexts and spaces such as stage, museums, public and private spaces. His interest lies in testing poetic absurdity to reflect our society critically and playfully. His interdisciplinary performances investigate themes such as the relationship between body and objects, action and language, place and behavior. Michikazu Matsune is originally from Kobe, Japan, and based in Vienna, Austria.

Performance: Michikazu Matsune

Artistic assistant: Andrea Gunnlaugsdóttir

Research assistant: Almud Krejza

Support: The Cultural Department of the City of Vienna / MA7

Tour in Zagreb is part of apap- Performing Europe 2020 project, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.  Part of Austrian Artists´ Focus with the support of Austrian Cultural Forum in Zagreb and “DANCE ON TOUR AUSTRIA-a project by Tanzquartier Wien in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs”.


1.What would you say Goodbyeto in the social and political context of your own city and country?

Goodbye to following the right direction.

2. What would you say are good (positive) practices of cultural politics in your city and country? What impact did the implementation of these practices had on the cultural scene in your city and country?

Practice makes perfect.