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Schlalalalaufen | Consol Theater – Gelsenkirchen
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.
“Schlalalaufen” is a production of Consol Theater, Gelsenkirchen. PREMIERE was on May 3rd 2020.
with: Alina Reissmann and Minju Kim | Direction and Set Design: Barbara Fuchs | Music: Jörg Ritzenhoff | Dramaturgy: Sylvie Ebelt | Theatre pedagogy: Barbara Grubenbecher
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.
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
DATES Thu., Feb. 25, 2021 at 10 a.m. Fri., February 26, 2021 at 10 a.m. Sat., February 27, 2021 at 4 p.m. Sun., February 28, 2021 at 4 p.m. Location: ehrenfeldstudios e.V.
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.
I think babies should be rare, nurtured, and precious; and kin should be abundant, unexpected, enduring, and precious. Donna Haraway
The premiere of MISCHPOKE took place on November 02, 2019 in the ehrenfeldstudios, Cologne.
Further performance dates:
1. November 2020 | tba in Brotfabrik Bonn (https://brotfabrik-bonn.de/)
Performer: 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.
[…] There is a lot of spontaneity in the game of the 14 players, and yet nothing happens here without a plan. On the contrary, the staging surprises again and again with its smooth scene changes.
One pulls and tugs at each other, small and large face each other in many moments, one looks for each other in formations that look like centipedes, and breaks up the community.
Kölnische Rundschau December 2019
[…] Everyone has their own physical aura, you can experience the authenticity of the lively primary school pupils as well as the self-consciousness of the young teenagers or the elegance of the dancer Sonia Mota.
CHOICES 2020, January
Bicycle tube snails, tyre-furniture, air pump-kisses and in the midst of all is a dancer who moves as if made of rubber. Seemingly boneless and rather flexible the rubber girl moves through her own world. Here everything can be twisted, squashed, blown up and formed. Everything squeals, gnarls and pipes. Pffhhh… The choreographer and dancer Barbara Fuchs likes to twist the common view on objects and their material qualities. Leaning on anarchy, with affection for the absurd and for humour she engages in her artistic composition. Together with composer Jörg Ritzenhoff she developed Pffhhh…, a solo where not only rubber in various manifestations but also dancer Odile Foehl are tested for their elastic potential. The tanzfuchs team breathes a new life to bicycle tubes and rubber tyres, creates new spaces for experience beyond the known and changes things to companions of the dancer. Everything is object to change, yet never for long.
Pffhhh… is part of the performance project RESPACE on the relations between space, memory, sound and performance by the label tanzfuchs PRODUKTION, headed by Barbara Fuchs.
The premiere of Pfffhh…took place on 30 June 2016 at tanzhaus nrw in Dusseldorf.
Further performance dates:
3. September 2020 | 10:00 h
4. September 2020 | 10:00 h
5. September 2020 | 16:00 h
6. September 2020 | 16:00 h
at the ehrenfeldstudios, Cologne.
Artistic direction: Barbara Fuchs
Dance: Odile Foehl
Music: Jörg Ritzenhoff
Choreographic assistence: Emily Welther
Stage: Barbara Fuchs
PR: Kerstin Rosemann
A tanzfuchs PRODUKTION, co-produced by tanzhaus nrw as part of Take-off: Junger Tanz, supported by Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf and Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes NRW. Also co-produced by BARNES CROSSING Freiraum für TanzPerformanceKunst. The production is further supported by Kulturamt der Stadt Köln, Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes NRW and NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste. Supported also by the Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. tanzfuchs PRODUKTION is endorsed by RheinEnergie Stiftung Kultur.
Neue Westfälische, Paderborn 23.11.2017
Queen of the rubber world
“She wakes up in a bed of rubber, starts a poetic performance with rubber tires and bicycle tubes and becomes, among other things, the queen of this freely designable space. In the studio of the theatre it squeaks and whistles, and by means of a loop machine the rubber girl creates the appropriate sound cosmos, which gets along without words.
Westdeutsche Zeitung, Krefeld 21.11.2016
Rubber woman inspires the spectators in the Heeder
[…] The wirily flexible dancer Odile Foehl stretches and stretches, bounces on the floor like a rubber ball and in the next position bends her limbs as if they were also made of rubber. At first, the kids on the benches are breathless excitement, incredulous amazement and then loud laughter.
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