Live stream

DIN A 13 tanzcompany

cellar & secrets – BEYOND REASON
10.01.2021 – 23.01.2021
Eine Tänzerin mit gesenktem Kopf lehnt sich an eine weiß gekachelte Wand.
Eine Tänzerin streckt ihre offene Hand in die Kamera
Ein Tänzer streckt seine Arme in die Höhe
Ein Waschbecken, in dem jemand seine Hände wäscht

The year 2020 marks 75 years since the end of the National Socialist and 45 years since the end of the Francoist dictatorial regimes. Cologne-based choreographer Gerda König cooperates with her Spanish colleague Jordi Cortés Molina and video artist Jürgen Salzmann to reference those tyrannies. They address the torture cellars present in both dictatorial states as well as their traumatising effects on present-day bodies in both Germany and Spain. Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the DIN A 13 tanzcompany ventured beyond the physical stage space for the first time, into private spaces. In “cellar & secrets – BEYOND REASON”, the four dancers*’ bathrooms become digital stages that conjure up associations with torture chambers and solitary confinement as well triggering memories of isolation and violence. Through astute live video direction – with eight cameras – a digital performance featuring pre-produced images as well as live dancing emerges that enables connections spanning the distance between Germany and Spain, confronting the present with the past.

The artistic debate on the historic crimes of both dictatorships wants to sound a warning on essential events, bringing them to the surface, and views itself as part of a reconsideration process that advances only slowly, especially in Spain. Many victims of torture, violence and detention carried disability as subsequent damage of their experience. The handling of those topics by a mixed-abled company punctuates the thought of spaces aside from the norm in a volatile manner.

DIN A 13 tanzcompany has recently been awarded the Support Grant for Excellence in Dance of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Additionally, Gerda König also received this year’s Kölner Ehrentheaterpreis (Cologne Honorary Theatre Award) for the 25th anniversary of the DIN A 13 tanzcompany as well.

Duration: 60 min. / contains English

Please note: After booking you’ll receive the link to the event shortly before the performance starts.

Accompanying programme
Fri 22.01. talk afterwards



Artistic direction, choreography: Gerda König: Choreography: Jordi Cortés; Dance: Míriam Aguilera, Ashraf Albesh, Rita Noutel, Charlotte Virgile; Dramaturgy: Gitta Roser; Video art: Jürgen Salzmann; Music: Frank Schulte; Stage design: Lea Dietrich; Costume: Julieta Alvarez; Graphics: Kai Kullen; Creative Producer Germany: Anastasia Olfert; Creative Producer Spain: Raül Perales Haro; Choreographic assistance: Céline Bellut; Press and public relations: Mechtild Tellmann; Company management: John Herman.
A coproduction of the Goethe-Institut Barcelona, ​​Teatre Mercat de les Flors - Casa de la Dansa, La Caldera les Corts - center de creacío de dansa i arts escéniques and the Brandenburg Memorials Foundation. Co-presented by the Teatre Mercat de les Flors - Casa de la Dansa. Funded by Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW, NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste, Stadt Köln, Kämpgen Stiftung, Kunststiftung NRW and NRW KULTURsekretariat Wuppertal.  Also funded as part of Reload. Stipendien für Freie Gruppen der Kulturstiftung des Bundes. Co-presented by the Teatre Mercat de les Flors - Casa de la Dansa.