Together with her long-time artistic companion Viviana Escalé, choreographer Stephanie Thiersch goes on a search for known and unknown, possible as well as impossible forms of female self-staging. She picks up the thread of her solo works on female characters, “Under Green Ground” from 2005 and “Beautiful Me” from 2007. “Bruixa” presents the personal portrait of a dancer at the end of her stage career. The audience is part of a seemingly improvised experimental arrangement in which dancer Viviana Escalé keeps reinventing herself. At first oscillating, genderless, between plant and animal, she almost completely merges into a romanticised girl’s dream in the next moment. Her body, through a humorous application of different materials, becomes an instrument between insurrection and adaptation, reproduction and invention.
Stephanie Thiersch, well-known for her stagings between installation, dance and media arts, studied at the Kunsthochschule für Medien (KHM) in Cologne, and elsewhere. She founded her company MOUVOIR in 2000 and has been a recipient of the North Rhine-Westphalian Promotion for Excellence in Contemporary Dance Award since 2009.
Duration: 60 min.
17:00 »Female Gaze« A discussion about forms of female self-staging with Stephanie Thiersch & guests, Studio 6
Concept, Direction, Stage: Stephanie Thiersch; Choreography, Dance: Viviana Escalé; Appearance: Malu; Dramaturgy: Maja Zimmermann; Light: Ansgar Kluge; Management: Mara Nedelcu, Béla Bisom; Management: Anika Bendel. www.mouvoir.de
A production by MOUVOIR / Stephanie Thiersch, coproduced by tanzhaus nrw. Funded by the Fonds Darstellende Künste, the Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW and the Kulturamt der Stadt Köln. In cooperation with the GoetheInstitut Madrid, Teatros del Canal Madrid, Orangerie Köln and Freihandelszone Ensemblenetzwerk Köln. »Female Gaze« takes place in the framework of »Tanzpakt. Stadt, Land, Bund«.