November 12 13 14 | 20.00
German + English
Dance meets music, film, video and spoken word: A performative homage to Mark Fisher. With his legendary blog "K-Punk", the British cultural scientist and pop theorist Mark Fisher shaped an entire generation of pop-affine capitalism critics. In his texts on little-known music, contemporary films and books, he claimed society a cultural exhaustion syndrome and criticized the widespread view that there was no longer any alternative to capitalist reality: You can imagine the end of the world, but not the end of capitalism?
Barely three years after Mark Fisher's suicide in 2017, the Christoph Winkler Company is now approaching some concepts of his theory, which express themselves not only politically but also aesthetically: For example "Hauntology", i.e. ideas and theories that haunt the present like ghosts from the past, or "the Weird & the Eerie", the strange, not to be confused with the terrible. With a performative mixtape of music, film, dance, video and spoken-word texts by Mark Fisher himself, among others, the company creates an homage to one of the greatest pop-cultural contemporary diagnosticians of our time.
CHRISTOPH WINKLER has created more than 78 dance pieces as a freelance artist since 1998 and is considered one of the most versatile choreographers in Germany. In 2014 Das Wahre Gesicht won the FAUST Prize of the German Stage Association in the category Best Choreography. In 2016 Aloalii Tapu was awarded Best Dancer for the Christoph Winkler production Urban Sou Café. In 2020 Christoph Winkler was awarded a George Tabori Award. His work covers a wide range of formats and ranges from very personal to political issues. Since 2009 he has been realizing works at the Sophiensæle, including the Tanzfonds Erbe-Projekt Abendliche Tänze (2014) and Golden Stars on blue - a sonic Tableau (2015). In 2016 he curated the Witch Dance Project in collaboration with the Sophiensæle. In the same year he showed Five Studies On Post-Colonialism (2016) and most recently the project Speak Boldly - The Julius Eastman Dance Project (2018). christoph-winkler.info
CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPHY Christoph Winkler DANCE Lois Alexander, Lisa Rykena, Michael Gagawala Kaddu, Raha Nejad, Kevin Lau Video contributions Aloalii Tapu, Jahra Rager Wasasala, Robert Ssempijja - Dance Revolution East Africa, Bria Johnson, Symara Sarai Johnson Videodesign Matthias Härtig, Gabriella Fiore COSTUME ASSISTANT Marie Akoury PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Laura Biagioni TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Fabian Eichner
A production by Company Christoph Winkler in coproduction with SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe and supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung