From Klauss to Katherine(s), a performative reading installation

Varmt välkommen till en presentation av konstnärligt arbete från Masterprogrammet nya performativa praktiker.

Av Thiago Silva Granato

I would like to invite you to join me in one of my artistic practices, which has been my main focus during the course of the New Performative Practices programme. It consists of a performative game where two people communicate through writing, exchanging, and reading letters. These letters are written and read by the players on behalf of choreographers who have died. For example I, Thiago Granato, wrote a letter as if I were the Brazilian choreographer Klauss Vianna (1928-1992), addressing it to the American choreographer Katherine Dunham (1909-2006). I sent this letter to seven different living dance artists and asked them to read and answer it as if they were Katherine. The initial letter and the seven replies will be displayed in an installation made to support a personal and intimate reading.

A soundtrack related to this fictional encounter of Klauss and Katherine will be played as the background. The songs are part of the vinyl archive of the Research Center’s Library at Linnégatan 87.

From Klauss to Katherine(s) is a performative reading installation where various documents can be experienced as a performance. While you engage with the fictional letters and archival materials, I will be present answering Katherine(s)' letters and open to sharing this practice, as a living document.

The visitors are welcome to come, go and return anytime during the installation hours. If you feel like knowing more about the rules of this game, the kind of culture it promotes and its history, please go to


Concept, direction and documentation: Thiago Silva Granato
Assistant director: Sandro Amaral.
Choreographers invited (fictional presences): Klauss Vianna (1928-1992) and Katherine Dunham (1909-2006).
Writers and readers (living dance artists): Ana Pi, Cristian Duarte, Daniella Visco, Jefta van Dinther, João Saldanha, Laura Samÿ, Lou Forster and Thiago Granato.
Lights and set-up: Jonatan Winbo and Thiago Granato.
Supervisors: Susan Kozel and Jeroen Peeters.
Production: Sandro Amaral and Thiago Granato.

Special thanks to: Adam Schütt, Andrew Champlin, André Soares, Anna Efraimsson, Anna Koch, Anna Westberg, Benny Olk, Bjorn Efraimsson, Chrysa Parkinson, Eleonor Bauer, Eszter Czédulás, Fabiano Amaral, Jac Carlsson, Martin Hardgraves, Monica Efraimsson,
Niilas Illmari Schütt, Ofelia Jarl Ortega, Olof Halldin, Orlando Ravandoni, Patrícia Vázquez, Rebecca Hilton and Tove Salmgren.

Image on the left: Thiago Granato and Katherine Dunham / on the right: Thiago Granato and Klauss Vianna / collage: Thiago Granato.

PROGRAM: NPP:s presentationsveckor 9-19 maj 2019