Recovery revolves around struggle as a process of healing and the stage as an arena, in which questions of coping with trauma, a fresh start and female support are raised. It all started with Florentina’s accident during a performance of Silk in Norway, when she crashed three meters to the ground. The work Recovery, inspired by this experience and the title of American rapper Eminem’s seventh studio album, is the product of a lengthy recovery period. Florentina aims at transforming herself into a warrior on both a spiritual and a physical level. Now, evening by evening, she enters the ring to defy the art world, fear and trauma. She prepares for every show as if it was a fight. Thus, each instalment of Recovery is characterized by physical healing and starting fresh, by the recovery of what seemed lost and by the recovery of artistic data. The performance emerges from the conviction that the only art worth being made is art that can heal.
Florentina Holzinger is inspired by George Balanchine’s legendary ballet Agon, created in 1957. The work’s title means competition and is considered a highlight of Balanchine’s examination of Igor Stravinsky’s music. Florentina created her own Agon which was shown at festival ImPulsTanz 2014 and Recovery is based on that piece. Recovery was shown at theatres and festivals all over Europe.
CONZEPT Florentina Holzinger PERFORMANCE Florentina Holzinger, Btissame Amadour, Clara Saito, Eva Susova, Lenneke Vos, Orinta van der Zee SOUND DESIGN Stefan Schneider DRAMATURGY, GUIDANCE Vincent Riebeek, Renée Copraij, Sara Ostertag
Produced by Frascati Producties in coproduction with brut Wien. Funded by Creative Europe, Life Long Burning, die Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien and the Performing Arts Fund NL. media partners: Jungle World, Missy Magazine, taz.die tageszeitung, Zitty Berlin
Photo © Anna van Kooji