featuring works by THE ART OF ZOE & .Dencuentro

Double Bill
Big stage
16.10.2020 – 18.10.2020
Eine Tänzerin mit schwarzem Federkragen posiert in freier Natur
Eine Tänzerin wird aus der Froschperspektive im Wald gezeigt.
Drei Tänzerinnen ziehen sich an den Zöpfen
Zwei Tänzerinnen mit langen Zöpfen ringen miteinander

In the first part of this Double Bill for first productions, Düsseldorf performance artist Zoe (Marie-Zoe Buchholz) tackles a myth that is currently experiencing a comeback: The witch. Rebellious and loud, provocative and hyper-feminine, she provides a feminist answer to sexism, patriarchy and the male gaze that tells (his)stories as white and heteronormative. To this day, narratives of the witch are inextricably entwined with the “witch hunts” taking place in Germany and throughout all of Europe from about 1400 until 1800, its victims mostly women whose knowledge, vocation or belief system eluded the controlling grasp of a power system shaped by Christianity. In “FEMINA SAGA”, Zoe relates a history from the female perspective, utilising an aesthetic language composed of voguing, poetry, costumes and song, posing the question for the forms in which to rehabilitate and re-appropriate femininity. This performance is resistance – an objection for those who have been overlooked, suppressed, exploited and marginalised in our society, for too long.
The performers* prepare. Tensions, distance and attraction grow. For a short moment, they all appear to hover, until their bodies are suddenly hurled onto each other and they clash with vehemence. A muffled smack. The bodies entangle until they disengage again, before the next encounter starts mounting. During the evening’s second part, Cologne-based Amanda Romero, Constanza Javiera Riuz and Greta Salgado Kudrass, as collective .Dencuentro, confront and interweave academic dance with the traditional form of expression in “Tinku”, a Bolivian battle ritual. “SINP’A” is a piece of encounters and confrontation. The encounter during which the women braid each other’s hair, the meeting in pugilism, the encounter between the dancers* with the music and the encounter of bodies floating into each other. “SINP’A” acts in the tension between co-operation and the resistance of different identities and opens the physical confrontation as another option to celebrate life.

Duration: 2,5 hours

Accompanying programme
Sun 20.09. Workshop „Female Figure Performance“ with Zoe
Sun 20.09. Workshop „Sorryless celebration with .Dencuentro
Sun 18.10. talk afterwards


„FEMINA SAGA“: Artistic direction, choreography, performance, text, stage design: Marie-Zoe Buchholz; Production management: Teresa Zschernig; Musical direction, composition: Isabella Forster; Costume design: Sergio Abajur; Choreographic assistance: Eray Gülay; Outside eye: Stephanie Thiersch; Technical direction, lighting design: Julia de Werth; Videography: Ramona Buschaus, Erwin Atienza.
„SINP'A“: Choreography, performance: Amanda Romero, Constanza Javiera Ruiz, Greta Salgado Kudrass; Production management: Katrin Wiesemann; Musik, composition, sound: Carlos Auza; Dramaturgy: Alexander Ernst; Choreographic coaching: Luz Zenaida; Costume: Lena Kremer; Stage design: Sanaz Starcic; Technical management, lighting design: Philipp Naujoks; Video: Maurits Boettger.

„FEMINA SAGA“ is a production by THE ART OF ZOE, co-produced by tanzhaus nrw, funded by NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste, Landesförderung des Ministeriums für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW, Kunststiftung NRW as well as Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf; with support of CocoonDance, Theater im Ballsaal, NRW-Mittelzentrum Bonn. „SINP'A“ is a production by .Dencuentro, co-produced by tanzhaus nrw, funded by Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW, NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste, NRW KULTURsekretariat, Kunststiftung NRW; With support of Proyecto mARTadero, NRW Mittelzentren Förderung Tanz/Performance Bonn, CocoonDance, Theater im Ballsaal, Tanzfaktur Köln.