“Ghost Writer and the Broken Handbreak”
July 31, 2019
In „Ghost Writer and the Broken Handbreak“, three performers whirl in a circle: a modern, western version of the famous rotating dance in which a state of religious extasy is achieved in Sufi ceremonies. They accompany it with hypnotic rock music and singing. In a refined mix of Sufi dance, recitation and a concert, they move along a thin line between control and a loss of that control. A dizzying perception experiment ensues; it inspires you to think about the spirits of our times.
Barbara Matijević & Giuseppe Chico
August 1, 2019
For their successful piece “Forecasting”, which has been shown more than 60 times in Europe alone, Barbara Matijević and Giuseppe Chico searched through numerous amateur videos on YouTube. On stage, the videos, which show situations, movements and objects from daily life, are edited into the performer’s action. A laptop’s monitor becomes an extension of her body. It becomes an interface between real bodies and the two-dimensional world of images. In funny, sometimes confusing effects, Matijević and Chico succeed in posing questions about the limits of the human body in a digitalized world.
“All Eyes On”
August 2, 2019
Home is a private place. A place where we are the person who we are nowhere else. A space for intimate behavior – for example: being naked, googling ex-partners, leaving the bathroom doors open. Teresa Vittucci approaches the limits of these public private spaces or private public realm that we call “home” and “internet”. In her double role as a performer on stage and online camgirl, Vittucci invites the audience into her intimate sphere. The audience becomes a witness to fragile moments in which Vittucci has meetings with strangers online.
August 3 & 4, 2019
The Canadian dance icon Louise Lecavalier was an internationally celebrated star in Edouard Lock’s dance company, LaLaLa Human Steps. Her work “So Blue” demarcates the highpoint of her second career as a choreographer. Lecavalier and her partner Frédéric Tavernini risk everything in the battle against gravity; they push the envelope at an unbelievable speed. The body is a toy; at the next moment, it is a challenge; at the end, it is pure energy, breath and light in space: a unique, intense and personal evening full of high energy and virtuous levity, accompanied by the Turkish musician Mercan Dede’s poignant sounds.
“The Very Moment”
August 4 & 5, 2019
Munich choreographer Anna Konjetzky explores the fragile, inefficient body and society’s approach to it. As in a game, five dancers compete against one another. They test their limits, work against cramping muscles, deal with losing balance, get out of step, fall, give up and start over. Moments of a loss of autonomy are revealed that show how fragile and vulnerable humans are and how precarious security is. Can failure be sensuous, fragility be strength, perfection be an act of liberation?
August 6, 2019
„Candy’s Camouflage“ is a part of Liquid Loft’s „Imploding Portraits“. Inspired by Andy Warhol’s early cinematic works, the series realizes these cleverly in a spatial dimension. Three female bodies in a cold light relate to one another. The shadows of real bodies are mixed with silver/bleached images that are projected larger than life onto the wall. In a dense weave of light, shadow, bodies, voices and sound, projections of the feminine are created that are explored on their surface; their brittle clichés and stereotypes are given a stress test.
“What’s not there”
August 8, 2019
In „What’s not there“, the British choreographer, performer and teacher Charles Morrissey plays with what we see and what we don’t see. Its words, actions and images present a story of overlapping events in spaces both real and imagined. It builds and deconstructs a world all of its own along the way. The performance brings together elements from a number of previous works by Morrissey. Fragments are placed, replaced, displaced and recontextualized, bumping up against each other in a performance about perception, memory and the construction of reality.
Jefta van Dinther
“Dark Field Analysis”
August 9, 2019
The Swedish choreographer Jefta van Dinther calls upon the intensity of being alive by placing us humans in relation to other forms of life. In the performance, the organic blends with the synthetic, human with animal and material with the ethereal. A long conversation unfolds between two naked men on a carpet; the topic of blood running as a red thread throughout the performance. But the conversation between the two men encompasses more than medical facts. Here, blood serves as an analogy for looking inwards and outwards: into and beyond our selves.
August 7, 2019
Every summer, highly promising dancers and choreographers from throughout the world come to Munich to train and test their own choreographic material in TANZWERKSTATT EUROPA’s various workshops. For one evening, we will open the Muffathalle’s stage for selected artistic contributions by this year’s TANZWERKSTATT EUROPA participants. The format is a unique possibility for the audience to let themselves be inspired and discover new artistic works. Who’s next?
Aron Nowak, Chris-Pascal Englund Braun & Jens Trachsel