2 hrs 15 min, no intermission
No admission under 18 years
In some scenes self-harming acts are portrayed, which could have a disturbing effect on some viewers.
In case of sold-out performances waiting numbers for remaining tickets are handed out at the evening box office opening one hour before showtime.
+++ Event postponed to autumn 2020 +++
Information on ticket refund can be found here
After five sold-out performances in October, the cult show returns to its place of creation. TANZ completes Florentina Holzinger’s trilogy 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?
“Feminism, of course, has always been an exercise in science fiction.” — Laurie Penny
“In the end, radical entertainment is always the goal.” — Spike
studied choreography at the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam. Kein Applaus für Scheiße (2011), the first joint production of Florentina Holzinger and Vincent Riebeek, earned them a reputation as “most provocative new choreographers” straight away.
In addition to further collaborations with Riebeek (Spirit, Wellness and, most recently, Schönheitsabend), Holzinger presented the solo Recovery in 2015, in which she processed the trauma of a serious accident she had during a performance. This was followed by Apollon, a piece in which Holzinger turned George Balanchine’s neoclassical ballet Apollon Musagète into a circus freak show with muses performing bizarre tricks rather than dancing attendance on the god. As of 2021/22, Florentina Holzinger will work at Volksbühne Berlin under the artistic direction of René Pollesch a. o.