Based on interview recordings with children, a lovingly conducted dialogue unfolds about what counts in life: Family, home, nationality and gender, happiness and sadness … musical taste and pizza toppings. “Chalk about” for two performers plays with the English “to talk about” and “to chalk,” which means “to mark with chalk.”
Situated between dance and theater, it develops into a vibrant, life-affirming manifesto about human difference, staged with the simplest of means.
The piece was the result of a collaboration between choreographers Leandro Kees from Argentina / Germany and Christine Devaney from Scotland.
Due to the great success of the production, the artists decided to develop two versions with different performers in different languages. The “German version” features Marcela Ruiz Quintero and Constantin Hochkeppel.
„Chalk About“ has been performed in both versions a total of about 200 times worldwide and received, among others, a 5-star review by The Times at the Fringe Festival Edinburgh 2014.
Thu 09 & 10 Dec 2021 I 10 am
Sat. 11 & Sun. 12 Dec 2021 I 4 pm
Concept & Original Choreography: Leandro Kees and Christine Devaney.
Dance: Marcela Ruiz Quintero & Constantin Hochkeppel
Production design: Karen Tennent
Sound composition: Martin Rascher
Lighting design: Tom Zwitserlood
Dramaturgical advice: Moos van den Broek
Booking & PR: Laura Klatt
Management & Technique: Martin Rascher
Photos: Pipo Tafel, David Zuschlag, Tanzhaus Zürich
A production by Performing Group and tanzhaus nrw as part of Take-off: Young Dance, originally conceived by Leandro Kees and Christine Devaney (Curious Seed, UK).
Take-off: Junger Tanz is sponsored by the Cultural Office of the State Capital Düsseldorf
and the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sports of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. A Curious Seed production, funded by Imaginate and additionally supported by the Edinburgh by the Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund of the Scottish Government. Produced by
Catalyst Dance Management and co-produced in collaboration with tanzhaus NRW.
Supported by Fresh Tracks Europe, the Lyra Theatre, Edinburgh and The Work Room, Glasgow.