An international circus performance for the 21st century
The French stage director and set designer Philippe Quesne builds a circus ring. In this setting, 14 internationally renowned artists and collectives from the fields of choreography and performance deal with a genre that has been marginalized particularly in the German-language area: the circus. Together with the Belgian fashion designer Jean-Paul Lespagnard, Meg Stuart creates a survival training for the future. Florentina Holzinger and Vincent Riebeek comment on their joint working biography as trapeze act. Valérie Castan and Antonia Baehr pass on two acts to the youngest member of their new circus family. Eisa Jocson examines the interrelationship of exoticism and eroticism in the spectacle. The performance duo Hendrik Quast and Maika Knoblich follow the relationship of man and animal through the act of training. The members of the Japanese collective contact Gonzo play with the physical risk inherent in the relationship of man and machine. Together with Karol Tyminski, the choreographer and dancer Jeremy Wade rescues the world in a clown’s act. Above it all Les Trucs sit enthroned as neo-Dadaist circus band. The usurpation of performative processes by neo-liberal economics endanger the critical potential of live performance. “The Greatest Show on Earth” reflects this crisis through the metaphor of the circus. It aims its questions also at the theater itself which hardly ever admits to the visual appeal of the stage and its function as affect machine and continues to present non-normative bodies in an exotic manner.
A production by Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt am Main and Internationales Sommerfestival Kampnagel, Hamburg In coproduction with Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers and Münchner Kammerspiele Funded by Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Adolf und Luisa Haeuser-Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur in the context of the project series UNLIMITED and Rudolf Augstein Stiftung Supported by Institut français, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication/DGCA, der Tanzfabrik Berlin und Damaged Goods.
With Meg Stuart with Vânia Rovisco and Márcio Kerber Canabarro, Philippe Quesne, Antonia Baehr & Valerie Castan, Jeremy Wade, contact Gonzo, Florentina Holzinger & Vincent Riebeek, Eisa Jocson, Maika Knoblich & Hendrik Quast, Les Trucs and more