Young Tanzhaus · Melancholie and Muskeln series


Small Stage
25.11.2022 – 28.11.2022
Ein Mann sitzt in der Grätsche frontal zum*zur Betrachter*in. Links von ihm sitzt eine Frau im Schneidersitz. Sie hält ein altes Radio in der Hand und sieht nach oben.
Ein Mann und eine Frau gehen nebeneinander. Sie zeigt nach links, er folgt ihrem Blick.
Ein Mann hält eine Frau fest, sie wehrt sich, er umarmt sie.
Man sieht einen Mann und eine Frau von hinten. Sie haben die Arme umeinander gelegt und sehen in ein Licht in der linken Ecke des Bildes.

“I am confused. Thus, I will make a confused dance.”

Two versions of a single cell must find new strategies for old problems. The future is clear: fragmented dances and endless repetitions of the same facial expressions. Tick. Tock. Tickytock. We need to consider things from another perspective.

Going sideways helps.

In a parallel universe of well-known fairy tale Hansel and Gretel, about two siblings getting lost in the woods, their survival hinging on the development of co-operational tactics, performing:group, in HNSL/GRTL  ponder the question how models of community, empathy, or universal relationship can become viable pillars of a possible future.

A performance illuminating the repertoire of non-partnership gestures between two people, and they also clumsily put up a tent.

With HNSL/GRTL. Eine Umarmung, performing:group connect to their own June research. During an open exchange at tanzhaus nrw, they began a dialogue on siblings with the staff of the Diakonie Düsseldorf.

Duration: ca. 70 Min.

Accompanying programme
So 27.11. 15:00 Animated introduction
Presentations for schools
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Play development: performing:group; Dance: Bianca Sere Pulungan, Francesco D'Amelio; Staging: Julia Mota Carvalho; Choreography: Bianca Sere Pulungan, Francesco D'Amelio, Julia Mota Carvalho; Original music and sound collages: Martin Rascher; Set design: Andrea Barba; Dramaturgical collaboration: Daniel Mathéus; Outside Eye: Marie-Lena Kaiser; Dramaturgical Assistance: Daniel Mathéus; Executive Producer: Martin Rascher; Production Manager: Deborah Krönung; Assistant Director: Norina Kindermann; Production Assistant: Samira Clausius, Photos: Christopher Horne; Recording: Florian Karner.
HNSL/GRTL. Eine Umarmung is a production by performing:group in co-production with Theater im Bauturm and tanzhaus nrw, in cooperation with Stiftung Futur Zwei. Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media within the framework of NEUSTART KULTUR; Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia; Cultural Office of the City of Cologne. With the support of Take-off: Junger Tanz, funded by the Cultural Office of the State Capital Düsseldorf and the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of NRW.