Side by side, behind each other, around in a circle – hands held out, shoulders clasped, elbows hooked underneath – six dancers move through the room like one unit. Together they create the rhythm that guides them. Who leads the group? Is there a master of ceremonies? Through the complexity of movement, rhythm and song, the performers merge into a unity, a chain: like the links of a chain, they are interwoven, connected, sometimes open, sometimes closed – without beginning – without end, sometimes as a circle, sometimes as a row. With their movements they interweave, tie themselves to each other and thus create a human web, a body chain. They negotiate with each other, each is responsible – each chain is as strong as its weakest link. The performers engage in an increasingly frenzied game, breathing new energy and fun into the time-honored dances and chants. This creates a dynamic and rhythm that is also transferred to the audience and breathes new life into the tradition of the round dance. With her new production, choreographer Barbara Fuchs immerses herself in the tradition of the REIG – in this oldest cultural asset of the Occident, dance and song become a community-building ritual. All movements – no matter from which culture they originate – become a ceremonial act and the dance a magical ceremony of movement. The bodies of the performers are central to the ritual acts as well as to the collective embodiment. After the round dance was replaced by the couple dance in Europe, this collective kind of embodiment still shows up in everyday ritual actions: from playing and storytelling together in kindergarten, to spiritual body communities in yoga and tai chi, to collectively ecstatic bodies in la ola waves and communal chants in soccer stadiums FATTY CHAIN is a production of tanzfuchs PRODUKTION in cooperation with ehrenfeldstudios e.V., supported by the Cultural Office of the City of Cologne, the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Fonds Darstellende Künste. tanzfuchs PRODUKTION receives top funding from the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Sat. August 21 I 6pm I PREMIERE
Sun. August 22 I 4pm
Mon. 23 & Tue. August 24 I 10am
Sat. 16 & Sun. October 17 I 4pm
at ehrenfeldstudios, Cologne
*Sat. & Sun. before the performance: “ONE MOMENT, PLEASE” – a 10-minute improvisation performance by Caroline Simon
Direction, Stage, Light: Barbara Fuchs
Music: Jörg Ritzenhoff
Performance: Odile Foehl, Katharina Sim, Alina Feske, Arthur Schopa, Michael Zier, Philine Herrlein
Costume: Stefanie Bold Lighting: Wolfgang Pütz
Press Work: Kerstin Rosemann
Production Management: Olivia Bott
NRW Scholarship holder for children’s and youth theater: Ronja Nadler
Karla, Ändi, Arthur | A listening-dancing-play for 2 bipeds and 4 paws for everyone from 5 years onward
Barking and singing, fur-covered stones and furry flowers, here a breeze blows, a smell comes from there – in Karla’s, Ändi’s and Arthur’s world there is much to see, hear and feel – each of the three does this in his/her own way: Karla sees with her knee, Ändi preferably with her nose. Arthur prefers to look good. Besides, Karla is older than Ändi and Arthur, Ändi has four legs instead of two, and Arthur is the only one with dark hair. On the other hand, Ändi can drum with his tail, Karla knows how to dress, and Arthur knows how to move. In this world dogs and humans are equal: no matter wether they are quadrupeds or bipeds, old or young, fury or not – cuddling, kissing, chatting, rubbing, dancing or looking at the stars is most beautiful in a when done with the three of them.
Choreographer Barbara Fuchs, composer Jörg Ritzenhoff and the dancer Arthur Schopa have let Karla Faßbender and her guide dog Ändi show them a new world. It is not the world as we know it through which Ändi leads Karla, but a realm in which all of the senses are equal. Follow, Karla, Ändi and Arthur into this unique world.
PREMIERE: October 1st, 2021 at 6 p.m.
FURTHER DATES: October 2nd + 3rd, 2021 at 4 p.m.
each at the ehrenfeldstudios, Cologne
December 3rd + 4th, 2021 at the tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf
January 29 & 30 2022 I 4pm
January 31 & February 1 2022 I 10am
at the ehrenfeldstudios, Cologne
For people with visual impairments, we offer a touch tour on stage half an hour before the performance. Please register for this with us in advance.
Idea, artistic direction: Barbara Fuchs
Music: Jörg Ritzenhoff
Performance and choreography: Karla Faßbender, Ändi, Arthur Schopa
Lighting: Wolfgang Pütz
Stage: Odile Foehl
Costumes: Stefanie Bold
Production: Vivica Bocks
Mediation: Alina Feske
Press work: Kerstin Rosemann
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