Young Tanzhaus · German premiere / Melancholie & Muskeln series

Alida Dors / BackBone

Or Die Trying
Big stage
06.03.2020 – 07.03.2020
Boxerinnen kommen aus Nebel hervor

“Or Die Trying” is a hip-hop performance for the fighters in all of us. Five Muay Thai fighters and three breakdancers embark on a journey between boxing, dance and film, battling each other as well as their own limits. Dutch choreographer and sociologist Alida Dors utilised her own father as the source of inspiration for her current work, because her father, the immigrant from Suriname, had to fight in the Netherlands, both literally as well as figuratively. He opened a boxing school. “Or Die Trying” tells a tale of personal growth through the tensions of self-discipline, expectations and self-destruction. How long does the struggle to reach one’s own goals last? How far would we be willing to go? Is quitting an option? It seems as if the play calls out to us: “Become the best you or die trying.”

Duration: 65 Min.

“A strong, inspiring performance about a fight that shall not be fought out of desperation or aggression, but out of love.” Djuna Kramer, „Theaterkrant“, 13.10.2019

Accompanying programme
Fri 06.03. 19:00 Physical Introduction
Fri 06.03. talk afterwards moderated by nutrospektif
Sat 07.03. featuring a deaf sign language interpreter in German
Sat 07.03. 19:30 “moment(urb)an” hosted by nutrospektif

Choreography, concept: Alida Dors; Dance: Dane Badal, Tyrone Menig, Jason Winter; Thai boxing: Anne de Beer, Dolly Macbean, Juliana Monsalve Arteaga, Loraine Pengel, Yara Piekema; Costumes: Isis Vaandrager; Composition, music: Simone Giacomini; Dramaturgy: Peggy Olislaegers; Technical director, lighting design: Jeffrey Steenbergen; Technical production: Disappearow; Cut (film): Sara Orfali.
A performance by BackBone, co-produced by Theater Rotterdam and tanzhaus nrw as part of Take-off: Junger Tanz, funded by Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf as well as Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW. Furthermore funded by Fonds Podiumkunsten, Fonds 21 and AFK (Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst).