junges tanzhaus · Kleine Monster series

Boys don’t dance

Takao Baba / E-Motion
Big stage
04.10.2020 – 06.10.2020
Eine Gruppe von vier Tänzer*innen springt fröhlich in die Luft.

We are all pop stars in our bedrooms at home. We feel so good through a filter, and every bored child quickly improvises the “Floss dance” – the dance move where the arms are quickly swept besides the hips – like flossing your teeth. 
Like the „Dab“, the „Fresh“ or the „Take the L“, the „Floss dance“ is a global sensation thanks to social media. In urban dance, moves like these have been common for quite some time.
Nowadays, new moves come 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 “made at home” 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.

Accompanying programme
Sun 04.10. with deaf sign language interpreter

Sun 04.10.

Workshop Boys don’t dance with Dodzi Dougban in german sign language 

Mo 05.10. with deaf sign language interpreter

Concept: 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; Production management: Susanne Berthold.
A production from 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. A guest performance from Take-off: Junger Tanz, funded by Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf and Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW.