The brand-new performance ‘Tanz’ is a stunt-ballet for the internet age in which nine stuntwomen, dancers and a live camerawoman present Florentina Holzinger’s version departing from the classic ‘La Sylphide’ from 1830. Firmly rooted in the Romantic tradition, where everything revolves around dance and feeling rather than plot, white-clad nymphs dance in the moonlight: these part-human, part-ethereal beings are the Sylphides. They can reproduce but have no soul. For Holzinger this represented the perfect source of inspiration in advancing her research into ‘the female body as a special effects machine’.
Florentina Holzinger is an Austrian performing artist who lives and works between Vienna and Amsterdam. In her work she explores different modes of female representation and calls into question the established norms of female physicality. In doing so she pushes and pulls very consciously on the boundaries between Culture with a capital C and ‘free’ entertainment by merging iconography from art history and classical dance with pop culture and the physical languages of kick boxing, yoga, circus performance and striptease. Her performances are something between dance, ritual and Las Vegas stunt show. Her legendary collaborations with Vincent Riebeek were all performed at Beursschouwburg. Under her own name she created ‘Recovery’ and ‘Apollon Musagète’, the latter of which she performed as part of Beursschouwburg’s The Future is Feminist programme in 2017.
As part of ‘We Love You’, a multidisciplinary programme on love beyond the romantic and the self - sep oct nov dec 2019.
concept, performance & choreography: Florentina Holzinger, performance: Renée Copraij, Trixie Cordua, Evelyn Frantti, Amy Kingsmill, Lucifire, Annina Lara Maria Machaz, Maria Netti Nüganen, Suzn Payson, Laura Stokes, Veronica Thompson, video design & live camera: Josefin Arnell, sound design & sound technician: Stefan Schneider, light design & technical director: Anne Meeussen, stage design: Nikola Knezevic, dramaturgy: Renée Copraij, Sara Ostertag, coaching: Btissame Amadour, Ghani Minne, Dave Tusk, stunt support: Haeger Stunt & Wireworks, stunt instructors: Stunt Cloud GmbH (Leo Plank, Phong Giang, Sandra Barger, management: Something Great (Berlin - DE) & DANSCO (Amsterdam - NL), International distribution: Something Great (Berlin - DE), production: Spirit, executive production: Laura Andreß, financial administration: Julia Haas/SMART (Vienna - AT), 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), Beursshouwburg (Brussels, BE) deSingel (Antwerp - BE), Sophiensaele (Berlin - DE), Frascati Productions (Amsterdam -NL), Theater im Pumpenhaus (Muenster – DE, supported by O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo – PT) and Fondation LUMA (Arles - FR), funded by the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna, Performing Arts Fund NL
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Friday, December 13, 2019 from 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 8:00 PM