A family dance piece ...

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.

Press quotes

[…] 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