Artjom and Ruslan continue from where they once left off. In the summer Ruslan visited Artjom in Vienna. While talking, they walked 100 kilometres. That’s how “Gangstarap” began.
“Gangstarap” takes place in the in-between, moving from one side to another like a pendulum, each time touching the middle. The in-between is always a common ground – if it divides, it also connects. And so the artists worked on their own during the process. One on one side, the other on the other, a hoop in the middle.
a philosophical question for one
is plain breakfast for another
unknown worlds are exciting
but what to do with our own inner worlds?
someone is flying
on the back of a big bird
but someone has opened a black door
and already entered it
Ruslan Stepanov’s and Artjom Astrov’s previous works include “Performance STL-is” (Sõltumata Tantsu Lava, March 2019) and Weightlessness (Kanuti Gildi SAAL, January 2018).
Ruslan Stepanov is a dancer and has worked as a choreographer in the ballet company of Vanemuine, lived and worked in Görlitz and Berlin in Germany. Currently he’s a freelance artist in Estonia.
Artjom Astrov has been active in the contemporary performance art scene since 2016, mainly as a sound designer. He has performed his music at multiple festivals in Europe and is the founder of the record label Serious Serious.
Artem and Ruslan continue where they left off.
“Gangstarap” exists as an intermediate link, moving from one side to the other like a pendulum, each time touching the center.
The interval always marks the common part – if it subtracts, it also adds.
This is how the artists worked together and independently on the staging process.
One on one side, the other on the other, in the middle of the ring.
what is a philosophical question
for one is just breakfast for another
alien worlds are interesting…
But what about your inner world?
someone is now flying on top of a big bird,
and someone again opened the black door
and entered it
Previously, the collaboration between Ruslan Stepanov and Artem Astrov has already appeared before the audience in the form of performances such as Performance STL (Sõltumata Tantsu Lava, March 2019) and Weightlessness (Kanuti Gildi SAAL, January 2018).
Ruslan Stepanov has worked as a dancer and choreographer for the Vanemuine Ballet Company, has lived and worked in Görlitz and Berlin, Germany, and currently works as a freelancer in Estonia.
Artem Astrov has been actively working in the field of contemporary performing arts since 2016, mainly as a musical designer. His music has been performed at various festivals in Europe, Artem is also the founder of the Serious Serious music label.