The platform for up-and-coming North Rhine-Westphalian artists shows initial works and projects by young regional dance creators.
Singer, dancer and performer Marie Zoe Buchholz, who has long been contributing to tanzhaus nrw’s urban dance department and who is also a House of Melody founding member, presents her research on the persona of the witch in the performance “FEMINA SAGA”. Between the horror of the historical witch hunts and current debates like #metoo, she imbues the witch with new meaning. In doing so, she unites dance, poetry, singing and costumes. Her comprehensive gaze feeds on references towards magic and myth, marginalisation, sexism, feminism and female spirituality, channelling and staging it in a powerful narrative.
Apart from influences drawn from queer subculture, the body as a field of self-experimentation and performative possibilities of representation, Caner Teker, Arts Academy Düsseldorf graduate, also works with mixed martial arts. The mingling of martial arts styles with the traditional Turkish sport of oil wrestling, “Kirkpinar” in Turkish, lead to the performance “KIRKPINAR (Prelude / Araştırma)”. Caner Teker, in a duet, develops practices along those benchmarks, practices to break these hyper-masculine spaces and aesthetics. This subtle infiltration of representation politics opens a space for vulnerability and intimacy as well as for queer concepts of bodies and relationships.
In “REDUNDANZ” the trio around the director Pooyesh Frozandeh and the performers Narges Moghimi and Negar Foroughanfar (photo) plays with the expectations of the audience.
Duration: 90 min.
The research for “KIRKPINAR (Prelude / Araştırma)” is supported by Kunst- und Kulturstiftung der Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf. Now & Next is funded by Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf.