BY FLORENTINA HOLZINGER
the beginning of this decade, Florentina Holzinger has added to the
international performance scene with vertiginous acrobatics, muscular
women’s bodies and martial-art combat scenes. Pop cultural
references and a penchant for trash also abound. “Tanz”, her new
solo piece, is the last part of a trilogy about the body as a
spectacle and its disciplining. The setting is a ballet class under
the direction of Beatrice Schönherr, the first ballerina to dance
“Le Sacre du Printemps” naked in John Neumeier’s arrangement.
The performers undergo a strict training in “action ballet”,
so-called “Sylphic Studies”. In joint rituals they learn to
control body and mind and acquire supernatural powers such as flying.
A quest for perfection in a transient world where the devil is
transformed into the sublime. In an operatic setting, brutal parodies
of sensational images are created, like those we are familiar with
from ballet, comedies and pornography.
In some scenes self-injurious acts are shown that could have a disturbing effect on some viewers. We point out that a lot of blood and explicit nakedness will be on display.
Performance by and with Renée Copraij, Beatrice Cordua, Evelyn Frantti, Lucifire, Lydia Darling, Annina Machaz, Netti Nüganen, Suzn Pasyon, Laura Stokes, Veronica Thompson Video design/Live camera Josefin Arnell Sound Design/Live Sound Stefan Schneider Light design/Technical director Anne Meeussen Technical assistant Koen Vanneste Stage design Nikola Knezevic Stage assistant Camilla Smolders Dramaturgy Renée Copraij, Sara Ostertag Outside eye Michele Rizzo, Fernando Belfiore Music coach Almut Lustig Coaching Ghani Minne, Dave Tusk Stunt support Haeger Stunt & Wireworks Stunt instructors Stunt Cloud GmbH (Leo Plank, Phong Giang, Sandra Barger) Theory and research Anna Leon Costume advisor/tailor Mael Blau Prosthetic and Mask Students of Wigs Make-up and Special Make-up Effects for Stage and Screen Theaterakademie August Everding Munich, Marianne Meinl
Co-produced by Tanzquartier Wien (Vienna - AT), Spring Festival (Utrecht - NL), Theatre Rotterdam (Rotterdam - NL), Mousonturm (Frankfurt - DE), Arsenic (Lausanne - CH), Münchner Kammerspiele (Munich - DE), Take Me Somewhere Festival (Glasgow - UK), Beursschouwburg (Brussels, BE) deSingel (Antwerp - BE), Sophiensaele (Berlin - DE), Frascati Productions (Amsterdam -NL), Theater im Pumpenhaus (Muenster - DE), asphalt Festival (Düsseldorf - DE)
Supported by O Espaço do Tempo (PT), Fondation LUMA (FR) and De Châtel Award (NL) Thanks to CAMPO Gent, ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival, Eva Beresin, Stefanie Leitner, Tanz-Archiv MUK Wien, Stimuleringsfonds Creative Industries, Mochi Catering Vienna, Andres Stirn
Funded by The Cultural Department of the City of Vienna, Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria, Performing Arts Fund NL