Wunderbare Jahre, the first solo piece of Dagmar Dachauer, deals with both Johann Strauss’s music in a contemporary (dance) context and the epoch of the Viennese Congress (1814/15). By interviewing the music, Dagmar Dachauer’s aim has been to bridge the historical elements and their reminiscences with the political nature and the legitimacy of her own body.
Given that Strauss’s highly commercialized music is part of Austria’s identity, Wunderbare Jahre delves into the inherent and controversial quality of national pride and its connection to the romantic, the pompous, the patriarchal, the bourgeois, the heroic, and the lofty. A return of Biedermeier, as it were.
The performance endeavours to come up with a contemporary (and personal) reflection of a music that, still today, conveys such a virulent and ageless temptation to dance.
Premiere: 12th September 2015, Plesni Teater Ljubljana, 21:00
13th September 2015, Plesni teater Ljubljana, 21:00
15th October 2015, Tanzhafenfestival Linz