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Flicked on!

Flicked on!

Angeknipst! / Flicked on!

Family play for robots and players by Barbara Fuchs and Jörg Ritzenhoff

A production of the Theater Konstanz

PRICE PERFORMANCE

 

Director / Choreographie Barbara Fuchs / tanzfuchs PRODUKTION

Stage & Music Jörg Ritzenhoff

Stage & Costumes Barbara Fuchs

dramaturgy Hannah Stollmayer

WITH Sarah Siri Lee König, Peter Posniak

Children form intense relationships with their toys and objects at a very early age. What if these objects react, act, learn? What do humans and robots do together on stage? Who learns what from whom?

In this musical-mechanical dance and puppet theater, there’s a lot going on in the box! There is the suction robot that shovels everything on stage into itself and finally wants to be put to use. Just like the Multi-Robot, who can sing and dance and would love to throw a party with lots of children. And the chaotic trash robot, who makes music out of garbage, is also planning his big performance. They rattle and hum and whistle and rock in their packaging and packages, they want to get to all the playful children as quickly as possible – so they simply set off on their own.

These robots reflect to us another side of being human: being silly, clumsy, loving, vulnerable and also incomprehensible. And if it comes to a fight: the robots can simply be switched off – right? A playful and exciting experience for an audience of three years and older and all those who accompany them!

Premiere on November 21, 2021 at the Theater Konstanz

 

Press commentary:

“Fuchs has great experience with theater for the very young, but also in leading artistic personalities. How she gets König and Posniak on the one hand to adhere to strict movement choreographies as in the “dance” on and with the revolving chairs, or to move through the space together in time to the music without eye contact, and on the other hand allows the player personalities great freedom in playing with the objects, is fascinating. Since she also has a precise sense of timing, everything is simply coherent in this production. In short: dance and object theater at its best for everyone!”

Manfred Jahnke, Die Deutsche Bühne Online, 11/22/2021

 

“Without speaking, Sarah Siri Lee König and Peter Posniak communicate for almost 45 minutes with each other, with the audience and the rolling equipment, with all senses….

…To this funny, relaxed music, one could watch forever and dream away. No words disturb the idyll, there seems to be no time and no space…

…This is not about tinkered and invented mini robots that do sensible things. No, things simply move other things, and it is precisely this “non-sense” that makes the piece so relaxing.”

Jana Mantel, Südkurier, 11/23/2021

Schlalalalaufen

Schlalalalaufen

Schlalalalaufen 

Street cradle cat’s eye, run sneak loop: Here everything runs on a string, a dancer and a dancer, up and down, criss-cross. They stretch strings, wind and tangle themselves and others, spin patterns and paths and lead the spectators through ever-changing landscapes.

The thread games known in many cultures are the basis of inspiration for this mobile dance piece. From the hands they are transferred to other parts of the body and the audience is also included to play the whole space.  Patterns are given and received, something falls, something works, everything transforms and everyone is connected to everyone else.

It is a fun, collaborative piece that encourages complex movement and collective thinking.

 

TRAILER 

 

TEAM

 

Dancers: Alina Reißmann and Minju Kim

Regie / Choreographie: Barbara Fuchs

Music / Composition: Jörg Ritzenhoff

Singing: Antonia Ritzenhoff

Equipment: Barbara Fuchs

Dramaturgy: Andrea Kramer

A production of Consol Theatre Gelsenkirchen

Sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

 

 

 

 

Max always wants to kiss

Max always wants to kiss

Max always wants to kiss! Day in, day out, he is on the lookout. The lively butterfly doesn’t like it at all. Neither does the giant elephant and the crocodile looks puzzled at the sight of Max’s pointed lips. Because Max is a gorilla! He doesn’t understand at all why the animals of the jungle don’t love kissing as much as he does. For him, kissing is a real joy! But then suddenly a voice asks the only right question – and Max realises that everything beautiful between two beings becomes even more beautiful when both want it from the heart …
Barbara Fuchs’ choreography plays with the naivety and sensitivity of the two main characters and makes rapprochement a major theme.

TEAM

Director/Choreography. Barbara Fuchs
Performance: Arthur Schopa, Emily Welther
Set design: Sabine Kreiter
Music: Jörg Ritzenhoff
Dramaturgy: Maren van Severen

Photo: MEYER ORIGINALS

Press quotes

I think I’m being smooched by a monkey

[…] There is loud laughter, commentary and giggles […]. The adult companions, […] however, were no less amused. (Christian Bos, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, 2016)

Boing!

Boing!

I push you – BOING! – and what do you do? You might just be able to keep your balance. Or you simply fall over. Or you bump into the next person with your body – BOING again!!! Three experimental actors discover the connection between cause and effect in a production about bumping into things, falling over and getting back up again. The premiere of “BOING!” took place on 30 January 2016 at the tjg theatre Dresden.

Since 2003, choreographer Barbara Fuchs has been developing productions at the interface between dance, acoustics and visual arts under the label “tanzfuchs PRODUKTION”. In addition to solo choreographies and collaborations with other artists, theatre for the very young has been the third focus of her work since 2009.

TEAM 

Artistic Director: Barbara Fuchs
Direction and Choreography: Barbara Fuchs
Performance: Moritz Stephan, Julian Trostorf, Gregor Wolf
Stage: Grit Dora von Zeschau
Costumes: Grit Dora von Zeschau
Music: Jörg Ritzenhoff
Photo: Klaus Gigga

A production by:

tjg. theatre young generation
Artistic Director Felicitas Loewe
Institution of the State Capital Dresden, Meißner Landstraße 4, 01157 Dresden

FRIERSCHLOOTERSCHWITZ

FRIERSCHLOOTERSCHWITZ

Standing in the corner shivering, heat that knocks you over, a bright red head with blue lips, chattering your teeth from the cold or melting away in the shade: Temperatures have an immediate effect on the body and change movements. And there are parallels between temperature and temperament: excited, fast, warm, calm, dark, cold, fleeting and mild. Two performers give themselves over to the elemental phenomena of the ups and downs of temperatures. They run hot and keep a cool head. FrierSchlotterSchwitz will be a test for the ensemble of the JUNGEN STAATSTHEATER. For the first time, the actors will have to rely entirely on their bodies and explore dance as a means of expression. The premiere of “FRIERSCHLOTTERSCHWITZ” took place in 2013 at the Staatstheater Karlsruhe.

TEAM

Choreography/ Stage/ Costumes: Barbara Fuchs
Schuaspiel/ Dance: Sebastian Reich, Ralf Wegner
Music: Jörg Ritzenhoff
Dramaturgy: Ulrike Stöck

Press quotes:

[…] This is a lot of fun, because getting dressed and undressed is an important topic for small children. Usually it is no fun for them, but as cheerfully and agilely as it is presented here, that can change. The children cheer when the two big stage boys push each other wantonly, jump on each other’s backs, make wide movements or curl up together. In between, they bounce satirising each other and sing hilarious rhymes. […] (Die Rheinpfalz, 25.10.2017)

 

Out of the house

Out of the house

Each day consists of an unending chain of great adventures – even odds and end like a branch on the way can be a discovery, a beetle even a sensation. The two performer invites their audience to share this exciting way. Getting out of bed. Quickly to the bathroom. Shirt on, pants, done. And now they want to get out, get out of the house. Now, discover the world. First of all carefully, because no one knows what will happen. Maybe there is a cow? Or another animal? A pig, big or small? Or even a mouse hiding there behind the house?

Ingeborg von Zadow wrote a piece for the very smallest, full of puns and funny rhymes and surprising discoveries.

The premiere of “Out of the house” took place on 14. April 2012 in COMEDIA Theatre Cologne.

TEAM

Directed by Barbara Fuchs
Dance/Act: Svenja Niekerken, Laura Virgillito
Music: Jörg Ritzenhoff
Stage & Costume Design: Barbara Fuchs
Author: Ingeborg von Zadow

Photo: MEYER ORIGINALS

A Production of Comedia Theater Köln in Coproduktion with tanzfuchs PRODUKTION/Barbara Fuchs
Founded by: Land NRW im Rahmen von Workspace

Press Quotes

Pure Pleasure

Ingeborg von Zadows new piece „Out of the house!”, choreographed by Barbara Fuchs and her ensemble shows how cross over dance-theater for children aged 2+ can work – with easiness and enthusiasm

“… That´s really funny and sometimes impressive acrobatic. Both performers reflect the feeling cosmos of two year old children: insecurity and courage, foolishness and cowardice, always aided by the sounds and music of Jörg Ritzenhoff. Definitly a piece for the small audience but also for their grown up companions….” (CHRISTINA GATH, aKT-cologne theatremagazin/May2012)

“…Actually a play with a text, which sounds almost like a song, Barbara Fuchs creates with the music by Jörg Ritzenhoff a own (movement) world. “Can you dance while you are sleeping? Yes, that’s possible, because sleep has no to be a hidden matter. In the Comedia the both actors Inne Svenja Niekerken and Laura Virgillito sleep at least on 46 mattresses and sometimes they rest even as bread slices on each tower high….” (Thomas Linden, Choices-culture in nrw-April2012)