response-ability. Ethics of encounters

Saša Asentić

Studio 6
12.10.2018 – 13.10.2018
Mehrere Performer stehen gruppiert um eine Person in einem hellen .

For far too long, theatre only utilised disabled bodies, if at all, to depict modes of otherness, or in conjunction with the tragic aspects of the world. Performance “Dis Sylphide” intervenes into dance history to confront it with questions for the normativity and authenticity of bodies from the perspective of people with mental disabilities. Choreographer and cultural activist Saša Asentić assembled a team of 14 people, with or without disabilities, composed of inclusive Hamburg ensemble “Damen und Herren” and Serbian theatre group “Per.Art”. In a sensitive, equitable work process, a tri-lingual evening emerged that turns a respectful encounter and an empowering shared discussion into part of the performance. The basis was found in three iconic 20th century choreographies: Mary Wigman’s “Hexentanz” (“Witch Dance”), “Pina Bausch’s “Kontakthof” (“Court of Contact”) as well as “Self Unfinished” by Xavier Le Roy. Every single one of those pieces presents its own concept of the body, in turn revolutionising dance. The performers around Saša Asentić appropriate this material in order to develop their own aesthetics. Thus, they inscribe themselves into dance history, a history that refuses to allot them a place of their own, even to this day.

Choreographer Saša Asentić works in international projects, in the tension-filled realm  between theory and practice. Additionally, he has been developing pieces for people with disabilities for a long while now, and he is regarded as one of the preeminent experts on inclusive theatre work in Europe.


Duration: 90 min. / in German, English and Serbian

Accompanying Programme
 Sa 13.10. 17:30 – 19:00

discussion about the topic »response-ability. Ethics of Encounters« with Yasmeen Godder among others



Concept, Artistic Direction: Saša Asentić; Artistic Cooperation, Choreography: Alexandre Achour, Olivera Kovačević Crnjanski; Performance: Alexandre Achour, Saša Asentić, Marko Bašica, Katharina Bromka, Snežana Bulatović, Olivera Kovačević Crnjanski, Can Gecir, Thomas Möller, Liv Henriette Neuman, Tom Reinecke, Dalibor Šandor, Celina Scharff, Jelena Stefanovska, Natalija Vladisavljević; Poetry: Natalija Vladisavljević; Dramaturgical Consultation: Marcel Bugiel; Artistic Assistant: Frosina Dimovska; Costume Consultation: Marina Sremac; Management Assistant: Nataša Murge Savić.   A production by Saša Asentić, coproduced by Kampnagel, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, MIKUB e.V. and Per.Art. Funded by Aktion Mensch and the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) Koproduktionsförderung Tanz aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien.