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Chronology / Other Projects
MADISON NOW / work in progress (2024)
The Post Confinement Travelogue(2023)
Rewind Song (2021)
Rolling (2019)
The Umbrellas of Phnom Penh(2017 / 2018)
Fassbinder, Faust and the Animists (2017)
Dance Portraits - Cambodia (2016)
Asutorito Endoruwaitowith Astrid Endruweit(2016)
Galaxy Khmer / Portrait Series Battambangwith The Cambodian Space Project(2014)
Portrait Series Battambang - Installment 1 (2012)
Burgportraits Vienna(2011)
Portrait Series Rotterdam(2010)
Portrait Series Istanbul(2010)
Death, Dance and Some Talk(2010)
Portrait Series Berlin (2007)
The Biography Remix with Marina Abramovic (2004)
Portrait Series. Alone / Gregoire(2004)
The H.C. Andersen Project – Tales and Costumes (2003)
Portraits 360 Sek (2002)
Total Masala Slammer – Heartbreak No. 5 (2001)
pigg in hell (2000)
Out of Sorts (1999)
Frankula (1998)
Planet Lulu (1997)
Solo with Charlotte Engelkes (1995)
Daniel and the Dancers (1994)
Rough (1994)
Jack’s Travelogue / La Prison des Femmes (1992)
Fast Forward /Bad Air und so…(1991)
Rewind Song (1989)
Pressure (1987)
Return of Sensation (1984)
White Out (1982)
Snapping, Computing and Performing (1981)
Maniac Productions(1975–1979)

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MADISON NOW / Work in progress

presented by Phare Ponleu Selpak and the French Institute of Cambodia

March 1st and 2nd 2024, 7:30pm UTC +7 at John Crawford Theater, Canadian International School, Phnom Penh

Michael Laub and the Cambodian dancer-choreographer Vanthy Khen are collaborating on a new project attempting to merge the timeless elegance of Cambodia’s classical movements with the Madison dance. The latter originated in the US in the sixties, has featured through the years in films, notably Bande à part, and remains a popular dance form in Cambodia, which has a particular take on it. The original contemporary soundtrack is by Cambodia-based British musician/producer Mute Speaker.

Laub, who is noted for his interest in portraiture, will include biographical inserts of various cast members into the choreography. Madison Now's cast comprises professional and independent dancers, teachers, and students from the Secondary School of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh and Phare Ponleu Selpak, an NGO school dedicated to the arts in Battambang. The project will consist of the results of workshops held in Phnom Penh and Battambang.


The Post Confinement Travelogue
Preview at ImPulsTanz International Dance Festival Vienna

23 July 2023, 20:30
Österreichisches Filmmuseum, Augustinerstraße 1, 1010 Vienna, Austria

View the trailer on Vimeo

After being officially confined (because of COVID), then self-confined (because of fear) in Brussels for two years, a contemporary director–choreographer on the decline is unable to produce his new staged piece. He was meant to be rehearsing with members of his company as well as local dancers in Mozambique, but production issues and travel restrictions have forced him to cancel, and his company is now defunct.
He returns to Cambodia where he worked before, notably on a Fassbinder movie about making a movie.
He records himself while traveling and auditioning expat and local talents for a hypothetical video project.
Although he wasn't planning to appear in the video, he decides to do so because the guy who was supposed to take the part dumped him. He recalls road movies from the ’70s, in which lonely guys chain-smoke and travel a lot, but don't seem to get anywhere end up talking to themselves into a tape recorder.
He documents his relationship to hypochondria, loneliness, music and dance with scenes improvised on the spot as well as orchestrated inserts, throwing in excerpts from his former works (which few people saw). Oscillating between reality and fiction, The Post Confinement Travelogue is a wry look at post-pandemic art.
Duration: 58 min
In English

Tickets can be purchased here: Tickets 



A video retrospective remix & talk by Michael Laub

presented by ImPulsTanz

© Georg Hochmuth

© Georg Hochmuth, APA

ADAPTATIONS aims at tracing the director and choreographer's itinerary over the course of the last four decades. From live action to video, theater to choreography. Western literature to Bollywood, classical dance to trash aesthetics, from the accidential to the obsessively structured, from the screen to the stage and back again. In Michael Laub's multi-layered performances, adaptations from various media and epochs serve as catalyst for autonomous strands that are transferred into carefully orchestrated staged pieces. By collaborating with highly skilled artists as well as non-professionals, Laub is specifically known for crossfading his performer's reality with fiction. He has gained attention for his adaptations of portraiture to the stage, which make use of realism while also superimposing the spontaneous and the artificial.

supported by a cooperation of Freie Universität Berlin, MA Dance Studies at the department of Philosophy and Humanities / Institute for Theatre Studies at Freie Universität Berlin ( summer term 2020),
the German Academic Exchange Service ( DAAD) and Akademie der Künste Berlin.

ADAPTATIONS is paired with the launch of REWIND SONG, a book by Michael Laub co-published in cooperation with ImPulsTanz.

Duration: 120 min
Language: English

August 12th and 14th, 2021 at 21:00

Taborstraße 10, 1020 Vienna


Book Launch

presented by ImPulsTanz extras

© Anja Beutler

Michael Laub and Michael Stolhofer in conversation about Michael Laub's new book, REWIND SONG.

REWIND SONG is a retrospective remix of material derived from performances that were often mixed up in the first place. It reshuffles photography and texts in a non-chronological manner that is simultaneously slightly chaotic and orchestrated. The piece drifts thematically as well as geographically. The accumulation of scenes taken out of their original context suggests alternative perceptions not unlike debris of memory.

Duration: 60 min

Admission free / Ticket reservation required

August 13th, 2021 at 19:30


Taborstraße 10, 1020 Vienna


June 12th (Premiere), 13th, 14th & 15th 2019 at 20:00
HAU Hebbel am Ufer, HAU1 Stresemannstraße 29, 10963 Berlin

July 12th, 14th & 15th 2019
ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival
Akademietheater, Lisztstraße 1, 1030 Wien, Austria

After "Fassbinder, Faust and the Animists" in 2017, Michael Laub / Remote Control Productions will be presenting "Rolling" at HAU Berlin and at ImPulsTanz Vienna in 2019. The new production aims to take the intertwining of film and theater even further by staging scenes, quotes of dialogues and dances from more than 200 films.

The Umbrellas of Phnom Penh

The Umbrellas of Phnom Penh - Workshop by Astrid Endruweit, photo by Oyen Rodiguez

Residency program
Fall 17 - Fall 18

Fassbinder, Faust and the Animists

Michael Laub ‘Fassbinder, Faust And The Animists’ Production Still  Martin Langer

June 28th (Premiere), June 30th, July 1st & July 2nd 2017
HAU Hebbel am Ufer, HAU2 Hallesches Ufer 32, 10963 Berlin
July 14th, 16th & 17th 2017
ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival.
Akademietheater, Lisztstraße 1, 1030 Wien, Austria


Dance Portraits - Cambodia
Video Installation

Presented by ImPulsTanz Festival and the Weltmuseum Vienna

February 6 2016 - Opening 20:00
Exhibition runs until February 14 2016

21er Haus, Schweizergarten, Arsenalstraße 1, 1030 Vienna

Produced by Michael Laub and Phare Productions - International branch of Phare Performing Social Enterprise Cambodia with the support of HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin

Asutorito Endoruwaito
with Astrid Endruweit

January 22 2016 - 19:00 (Premier)
January 23 2016 - 19:00
January 24 2016 - 17:00 (followed by a public discussion)

HAU 1, Stresemannstraße 29, 10963 Berlin

Produced by Michael Laub / Remote Control Productions
Co-produced by HAU Hebbel am Ufer

The Khmer Rouge and it's consequences.
Documentation as an artistic work of memory.

Michael Laub: Excerpts from Burgportraits Vienna (2011), Portrait Series Battambang (2012-2014), Dance Portraits Cambodia (2015)

Presentation by Michael Laub on his artistic practice worldwide and in Cambodia

January 25, 2015, 17:00, Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Berlin

SILK Cie Versuchsperson Silke Grabinger 2.0
30.4.2014 20:00 Posthof Linz, Großer Saal


Portrait Series Batambang / Galaxy Khmer

bit teatergarasjen Bergen 23 -24 January 2014

Portrait Series Battambang - Installment 2
(Installation Extracts)

Our City '14 - Festival of Art, Architecture & Ideas

Romeet Contemporary Art Space, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
January 17 2014

Staging Cambodia  - Video, Memory and Rock 'n' Roll
Portrait Series Battambang -
Scavengers, Models and a Security Guard
Michael Laub

Galaxy Khmer
Music: The Cambodian Space Project with PPS
Video: Marc Eberle
Artistic Direction: Michael Laub

Human Nature / Newspaper Man
Khvay Samnang

HAU Berlin 16 - 19 January 2014

Galaxy Khmer

Music: The Cambodian Space Project with PPS
Video: Mark Eberle
Artistic Direction: Michael Laub

Phare Ponleu Selpak, Siem Riep Cambodia
20 - 21 December 2013

Versuchsperson Silke Grabinger 2.0
Portrait Series # 9: Silke

ImPulsTanz, Vienna, International Dance Festival, Odeon Theatre
Premiere 3 August 2013. 2nd performance 05.08.2013