“What made me into who I am?”, that is the question Düsseldorf choreographer Felix Bürkle asks in his new production. With his roots in circus as well as in contemporary dance, he strides along his own biography and along the expressive modes of the genre as well. He delivers bag loads of experience, collected around the world, for his narration on living and learning on stage. In this, he does not only juggle torches and diabolos, he also connects movements and scenes from previous works. So, the staging becomes a balancing act between intimate self-reflection, sprinkled with a hint of irony and a performance in front of an audience that is subtly mirrored. Felix Bürkle remains surprised, time and again, by the resonant spaces provided by movement, objects and instruments – leading into new worlds via live recordings played by Düsseldorf musician and sound designer Michio Woirgardt. In consequence, this solo encompasses both, human and their environment, the moving object as well as the body in movement. Yet, with his skilful genre-crossing, he constantly blurs the lines between this otherwise strictly separated distribution.
Felix Bürkle started juggling and object manipulation at the tender age of 13, concluding his first education at the Lido circus school in Toulouse and, through this, went on to study dance at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. He received an invitation the Tanzplattform Deutschland for his first group performance “sprachlos” (“speechless”) in 2002; an invitation issued by Pina Bausch to participate in the International Dance Festival NRW followed in 2008. Research and production residencies brought Felix Bürkle to New Delhi, Mumbai and Abidjan, and as a teacher and lecturer, he received a call from the Folkwang University of the Arts. Felix Bürkle’s new work “High Performance”, produced with dancers for Company Susanne Linke, will see its premiere at Theater Trier at the start of 2018.
Duration: 65 min.
Artistic Direction, Solo-Performance: Felix Bürkle; Composition, Live-Music: Michio Woirgardt; Dramaturgy, Video: Christoffer Brekne; Artistic Assistant: Andy Zondag; Light: Horst Mühlberger, Jörn Nettingsmeier. www.felixbuerkle.net
A production by Felix Bürkle / starting point, coproduced by tanzhaus nrw and the Theater im Pumpenhaus Münster. Funded by the Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW and the Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf.