This videoskype session was recorded for the symposium „On collaboration“
taking place at Middlesex University – Performing Arts on 4 May 2012.
For details see: mdxoncollaboration.blogspot.co.uk
Mariella Greil and Martina Ruhsam use the medium of skype in order to share experiences and thoughts about collaboration while being in two different cities: Vienna and Hamburg. They discuss the potentials and aporias of collaborative undertakings and talk about commitment, trust and the chance of working together without authorities, consensus and harmony.
The artist-driven initiative „Sweet and Tender Collaborations“ of which Mariella Greil is an active participant and Martina Ruhsam´s book “Collaborative Practice : Choreography – the staging of collaboration and its performance” form the basis for their conversation which will mark the beginning of a dialogue accumulating over time to a blog.
Martina Ruhsam is a choreographer, performer and writer. She was temporarily working at the theory department in Tanzquartier Wien. In the last three years she developed various artistic projects in collaboration with Vlado G. Repnik that intertwine live-performance and film. In 2011 Martina Ruhsam published her book Kollaborative Praxis: Choreographie.
Mariella Greil is a choreographer, performer, researcher, currently working on her PAR PhD at Roehampton University London. She initiated labs – recently at Prisma Forum Mexico – and is Associated Researcher of Performance Matters hosted by Live Art Development Agency, Goldsmith and Roehampton. Mariella is part of the artists-driven initiative SweetandtenderCollaborations.
 The book is available in German with the title: „Kollaborative Praxis: Choreographie – die Inszenierung der Zusammenarbeit und ihre Aufführung“.