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The Four Seasons

The Four Seasons

Spring, summer, autumn, winter – gentle birdsong, summer thunderstorms, rustling coloured leaves, clashing frost. Playful and dreamy, the well-known music by Antonio Vivaldi is reinterpreted for children by choreographer Barbara Fuchs together with the Braunschweig State Orchestra. The cycle of life, of nature, which looks and feels different in different parts of the world – sometimes winter is cold, elsewhere it is warm – was captured with all its wonders and mysteries in Vivaldi’s music over 300 years ago. Just like nature and the environment, human life is shaped by rhythms and cycles, which are explored in this dance piece through Barbara Fuchs’ creative language of movement.

Premiere 6 October 2023, Staatstheater Braunschweig

Musical director Felix Gutgesell // Choreography Barbara Fuchs // Stage and costumes Nele Ellegiers // Lighting Harry Heutink // Dramaturgy Miriam Beike //

With Mya Claire Flieger, Angelina Pico, Moonjoo Kim



Pssssssssssssst! Quietly … is there a sound? Is there any noise? Silence. On silent soles, two eavesdropping experts take us on an exciting journey of discovery. They investigate and explore whether we can also see sounds. What might a sound look like? What does water sound like and what color is a song? Can you dance with fish and jump with snow? In this humorous experimental arrangement between nature, technology, music and dance theater, the youngest audience members and their adult companions become scientists in the realm of sounds: Be all ears!

Director Barbara Fuchs / tanzfuchs PRODUCTION Stage & Music Jörg Ritzenhoff Costumes Barbara Fuchs Dramaturgy Meike Sasse With Sarah Siri Lee König, Jonas Pätzold

Psssst! – Schau mal, ein Geräusch





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.





21.5.22 I 4 pm
23. & 24.5.22 I 10 am
at the ehrenfeldstudios, Cologne




Dancers: Minju Kim and Moonjoo 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





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



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

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.


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


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)



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.


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