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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.
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
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 onwards
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
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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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