Organs with limbs

Isabelle Schad’s ‘Collective Jumps’ is an ambitious dance piece offering refreshingly unexpected views. But after its premiere last November I was hesitant to write about it as I could not come to terms with some ambiguous impressions gained. Parts of it did not make an easy fit into the progressive frame of the work’s presentation […] Read More

Puzzle pieces – the multi-faceted world of Trisha Brown

Certainly for everyone with interest in performance art ‘The man walking down the side of a building’ was an early subject of study. And who would have not known Mangolte’s iconic image of ‘Roof Piece’, which seemed to capture the whole spirit of gritty New York City’s 70’s legendary art scene. Gestures travelling through space, […] Read More

Keep it real

“Keep It Real is shameless and straightforwardly queer. A post-feminist influenza, highly contagious that can cause enjoyment. The protagonist cyborg-bitches tease the thin border between fiction and reality, and their bitch magic goes overboard contaminating everything around them. Zombies and cyborgs seem utterly human and these queer bodies possess dangerous political possibilities, but what is […] Read More

Pieces in the space of in-between

CocoonDance ‘Pieces of Me’ dissolves the fixed stage as well as linear narration. Concepts like these certainly attract my attention, nevertheless I am also aware that such an experiment might not necessarily lead to an immersing experience of now here, but eventually a no where situation. In the case of this piece it is hard […] Read More

tauberbach – sensing Bach

The titel Tauberbach of one of the latest pieces of Les Ballets C de la B and Alain Platel, if translatable at all might be read as deafbach, which includes this misspelling of putting two words (deaf +Bach) together, which usually are not written that way. Tauberbach refers to the work of the polish artist […] Read More


Constanza Macras’ piece Distortion is a first time cooperation with the HipHop Academy Hamburg. The break- and street dancers meet the live musicians from the company of DorkyPark in a choreography that diffracts breakdance and hip-hop moves with keywords from political and media discourses. In question is the definition of identity for ‘being German’ when […] Read More

My only true country is my body

Faustin Linyekula & CCN-Ballet de Lorraine La Création du monde 1923 – 2012 Recreation of the choreography of 1923: Millicent Hodson & Kenneth Archer see an excerpt here at youtube Body politics is of great concern these days, and here in the West we are so often subject to it through subtle and habitual ways, that we […] Read More

After Trio A

Andrea Bozic, After Trio A / video link via   “After Trio A is not a re-staging of Trio A but a dialogue with it.” says the choreographer Andrea Bozic and to emphasize it, she replies to Yvonne Rainer’s famous No-Manifesto: No to spectacle. No to virtuosity. No to transformations and magic and make-believe […] Read More