Young Tanzhaus · Kleine Monster series

Takao Baba / E-Motion

Boys don’t dance
Small stage
08.10.2019 – 10.10.2019
Takao und seine drei Performer*innen tanzen text

We are all pop stars in the nursery, we feel so well through a filter, and every bored child quickly improvises the viral dance style “floss dance” – the movement swept the world like a virus when it appeared in videos. “Viral moves” have long been common in urban dance: Default moves such as “Do the good foot” in hip-hop or “Do the parachute” in soul dance have long since become staples of tradition.
Nowadays, new “viral moves” spread from computer games or apps like TikTok. TikTok and youtube stars, via videos shot in their own homes, show a more diverse picture of young peoples’ movement vocabulary than what is expressed in the classroom or in public spaces. The “bedroom viral” aesthetic and production form enables you to quickly enter a star-making career, but it also submits early artistic attempts to a direct feedback of likes and emoticons.
In “Boys don’t dance”, Düsseldorf dancer and choreographer Takao Baba and his company explore ways in which viral and urban dance moves may pave the way towards dance and the discovery of one’s own movement vocabulary. How much outside influence makes itself felt in body language? How does the gaze of others determine our course of movement? How does shame come into play? Three dancers and one musician analyse each other’s movement language with almost microscopic precision. By copying and variation, a new, appropriated version of the copies comes up every time. They collect an archive of movement, and in this manner, they provide inspiration for each other on stage as well as for the children watching them.

Duration: 60 min. / Thu with German sign language

Takao Baba; Choreography, dance: Takao Baba, Felix Küpper, Solomon Quaynoo; Music, dance: Jenny Thiele; Outside Eye: Mijke Harmsen; Costumes: Charlotte Grewer; Lighting design: Horst Mühlberger; Live Tagtool, animation: Christian Spieß; Head of production: Susanne Berthold.
A piece by Takao Baba / E-Motion, co-produced by Asphalt Festival Düsseldorf. Funded by Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW, NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste, Fonds Darstellende Künste aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien and Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf.