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PREMIERE: MISCHPOKE - 2 November 2019

entangled, dented, on top and underneath, woven, tangled, frayed, with each other and mixed up, twisted, torn, chaotic, a cohort, a mob, a whole pack, the MISCHPOKE!

The Yiddism MISCHPOKE stands for family, society, clan.

Everyone is someone's child, but family constellations are as diverse as relationships between people can ever be. The dance piece MISCHPOKE plays touchingly and humorously, as well as energetically and impulsively with the interweaving of relationships between family generations. In the participatory project with professional dancers and their children between 3 and 71, the potentials, changes and different qualities of the body structure between the performers are examined and rumpled. A MISCHPOKE with tentacle and antenna moves through the room to rediscover the cosmos of kinship together with the audience.

ehrenfeldstudios Cologne, Wißmannstraße 38, 50823 Cologne
Premiere: 02 November 2019, 16 h, Further performance: 03 November 2019, 16 h

tanzhaus nrw, Erkrather Str. 30, 40233 Düsseldorf
09 November 2019, 15 h
10 November 2019, 18 h
11 + 12 November 2019, 11 h

By and with: Antonia Ritzenhoff, Arthur Schopa, Caspar Winkelmann, Emily Welther, Barbara Fuchs, Jörg Ritzenhoff, Karel Vanek, Louis Schopa, Lovi Voigt, Lucas Cualbu, Nora Pfahl, Odile Foehl, Pella Voigt, Sara Boehm, Sonia Mota / Idea and direction: Barbara Fuchs / Composition: Jörg Ritzenhoff / Light: Wolfgang Pütz and Barbara Fuchs / Costumes: Stefanie Bold / Dramaturgy: Henrike Kollmar and Ursula Nill / PR: Kerstin Rosemann

"MISCHPOKE" is a production by tanzfuchs PRODUKTION in cooperation with ehrenfeldstudios, co-produced by tanzhaus nrw as part of Take-off: Junger Tanz, sponsored by the Cultural Office of the City of Düsseldorf and the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of NRW. Further supported by the Cultural Office of the City of Cologne, the Kunststiftung NRW and the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of NRW. Residence within the framework of the NRW Mittelzentren Förderung Bonn. tanzfuchs PRODUKTION receives Promotion of Excellence Funding for Children and Youth Theater of the State of NRW.

I think babies should be rare, nurtured, and precious; and kin should be abundant, unexpected, enduring, and precious. Donna Haraway


  • Waldgespinst: 08 October 2019 cooperation with Demenzionen, at Haus Elisabeth, Bonn

  • MISCHPOKE (PREMIERE): 02 +03 November 2019 as part of QUERFELDEIN, ehrenfeldstudios, Cologne

  • PIECE OF PAPER: 17 + 19 November 2019, Fabrik Heeder, Krefeld

  • MISCHPOKE: 09 -12 November 2019, tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf

  • Waldgespinst: 13 November 2019 cooperation with Demenzionen at Haus Elisabeth, Bonn

  • MUNCH!: 5 December 2019, Monheimer Kulturwerke, Friedenskrirche Baumberg

  • PIECE OF PAPER: 14 + 15 December 2019 as part of QUERFELDEIN,, Cologne

"Spitzenförderung" (Promotion of Excellence Funding for Children and Youth Theater of the State of NRW)

tanzfuchs PRODUKTION is one of four companies which has received the three-year Promotion of Excellence Funding for Children and Youth Theater of the State of NRW (Spitzenförderung Kinder- und Jugendtheater des Landes NRW).

Jury's justification:

The jury awards the three-year funding to the ensemble of tanzfuchs PRODUKTION because Barbara Fuchs has, together with her team, created exceptional and valuable work which results from a long horizon / many years of experience. The funding for the development of theater for the very small is hereby applauded as especially valuable. The interest in reflecting on one's own creative work and the elaborate research projects which, in collaboration with other dance companies, intend to find original, aesthetic forms for young audiences, has convinced the jury.

The jury consists of:

  • Kirstin Hess (Dramaturgist and Theater Teacher at the Youth Theater Düsseldorf, Speaker for the Working Group for Children and Youth Theater in Nordrhein-Westfalen)

  • Georg Kentrup (theater director and leading dramaturgist at the Consol Theater Gelsenkirchen)

  • Jutta Staerk (dramaturgist and director of the COMEDIA Theater Cologne, Speaker for the Working Group of Children and Youth Theater in Nordrhein-Westfalen)

  • Sascha Westphal (Theater critic for the Frankfurter Rundschau,,

Video Portrait tanzfuchs PRODUKTION

iDAS NRW Porträt - tanzfuchs PRODUKTION / Barbara Fuchs from iDAS NRW on Vimeo.

“Piece of Paper” at the WESTWIND Festival in Oberhausen

On June 16, 2019 “Piece of Paper” was presented at Theater Oberhausen as part of the WESTWIND Festival!

From the laudation of the WESTWIND Jury:

“Barbara Fuchs has choreographed a scenic concert with “Piece of Paper”. The performance creates an unbelievably loving and inviting atmosphere for the audience. It works for the very young and for every other age as well. Pure play, shimmering creativity, hilarity, nonsense and freedom prevail here. Highest art!"