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„Feminism, of course, has always been an exercise in science fiction.“ — Laurie Penny
Florentina Holzinger has enriched the international performance scene with dizzying acrobatics, muscular women’s bodies and martial-arts fight scenes since 2011 – a generous helping of pop-cultural references and a penchant for trash included. TANZ completes her trilogy – Recovery and Apollon were the first two parts – about the body as a spectacle, and its disciplining. A ballet class under the direction of Beatrice Cordua, the first ballerina to dance Le sacre de printemps naked (John Neumeier’s Le Sacre, 1972), provides the framework for TANZ. The performers undergo rigorous training in “action ballet”, the so-called “sylphic studies”. In joint rituals, they learn to master their bodies and minds, and they acquire supernatural powers, such as flying. A quest for perfection in an ephemeral world, during which the gross is transformed into the sublime. In an operatic setting, brutal parodies of sensationalist images emerge, as seen in ballet, comedy and pornography. The gaze regime finds reflection in the character of a porn producer who documents the performance. With a cast of women between the ages of twenty and eighty, all of whom have different backgrounds in dance, TANZ raises the question of the legacy of dance. How can the cult of beauty inherent in this tradition be reconciled?
CONCEPT, PERFORMANCE, CHOREOGRAPHY Florentina Holzinger PERFORMANCE BY AND WITH Renée Copraij, Beatrice Cordua, Evelyn Frantti, Lucifire, Annina Machaz, Netti Nüganen, Suzn Pasyon, Laura Stokes, Veronica Thompson, Lydia Darling VIDEODESIGN, LIVE-CAMERA Josefin Arnell SOUNDDESIGN, LIVE-SOUND Stefan Schneider LIGHTDESIGN Anne Meeussen STAGEDESIGN Nikola Knezevie TECHNIQUE Koen Vanneste DRAMATURGY Renée Copraij, Sara Ostertag MUSIC-COACH Almut Lustig THEORY, RESEARCH Anna Leon OUTSIDE EYE Michele Rizzo, Fernando Belfiore SUPPORT STUNTS Haeger Stunt & Wireworks MANAGEMENT Something Great, DANSCO INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION Something Great
A production by Florentina Holzinger in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE (realized with funds from the Theaterpreis des Bundes), Spirit and Tanzquartier Wien, Spring Festival, Productiehuis Theater Rotterdam, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Arsenic, Münchner Kammerspiele, Take Me Somewhere Festival, deSingel, Beursschouwburg, Frascati Productions, asphalt Festival and Theater im Pumpenhaus. Funded by the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna, the Federal Chancellery for Art and Culture (BKA) and the Performing Arts Fund NL. Supported by O Espaço do Tempo, Fondation LUMA and De Châtel Award. With thanks to CAMPO, ImPulsTanz, Eva Beresin, Stefanie Leitner, Tanz-Archiv MUK Wien, Stimuleringsfonds Creative Industries, Mochi Catering and Andres Stirn. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung