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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?
FLORENTINA HOLZINGER, born 1986 in Austria, studied choreography at the SNDO Amsterdam. After graduating in May 2011, Florentina Holzinger presented the solo Silk and received the Prix Jardin d'Europe at Impulstanz. Joint works with Vincent Riebeek such as Kein Applaus für Scheiße (2011), Spirit (2012) and Wellness (2013) attracted international attention. Their works are shown at numerous festivals and in production companies at home and abroad. As part of the festival The Future is F*E*M*A*L*E*, Florentina Holzinger showed the Performance Recovery (2017), a collaboration with Frascati Producties. In the same year she also presented her piece Apollon for the first time at the Sophiensæle. Her latest work TANZ was invited to the 57th Theatertreffen in 2020 and can be seen at the Sophiensæle from March.
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, Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria, Performing Arts Fund NL and Norma fonds 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