A movement and sound study ...
The first part of the three part cycle “GE-FÜHL-LOS” (“UN-FEEL-ING”), Barbara Fuchs plumbs the depths of the relation between body, sound and affect in the context of intimacy and the public view. By referencing affect, an especially large number of emotional conditions are put on display. In “MOODSWING”, the ensemble deals with the four basic emotions of joy, grief, anger, and fear. This results in a study in movement and sound, combined with EASY music that enhances the abstract nature and detachment of the feelings. The premiere of MOODSWING took place on 14. September 2014 at Barnes Crossing in Cologne.


Artistic direction: Barbara Fuchs

Performance: Barbara Fuchs, Odile Foehl, Marcus Bromski, Regina Rossi

Sound: Jörg Ritzenhoff

Stage design: Barbara Fuchs, Wolfgang Pütz

Lightdesign: Wolfgang Pütz, Barbara Fuchs 


A Production of tanzfuchs PRODUKTION

Supported by: Kulturamt der Stadt Köln, Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen

Coproduced by Barnes Crossing – Freiraum für TanzPerformanceKunst


Press quotes:

Romy Weimann, akt., März 2013

Emotional body
The stage at Barnes Crossing in Wachsfabrik becomes a laboratory: The composition “fadofade” by Jörg Ritzenhoff and the choreography “Moodswing” by Barbara Fuchs examine the sorrow. A mesmerizing installation.

[…] Instead of telling stories Fuchs reasons facial expressions on the basis of stylized pictures: Marcus Bomski cowered on all four legs, animally grunts and gasps the rage out of his body. Regina Rossi entertains herself in humorous swing and dance moves. Sometimes the four dancers jump, wriggle and turn from the left to the right edge of the stage, sometimes they stand in front of the audience snarling and panting and can almost not stop themselves from laughing. No problem: the stage is exactly declared as this – microphones reinforce the public disposition of this experimental emotion-laboratory. It is rarely moving. But it is very much fun. […]

Melanie Suchy, Kölner Stadtanzeiger, February 2013
How emotions are made
For “Moodswing” she collaborated with the composer Jörg Ritzenhoff. This mood-seesaw is based on ancient and baroque notions how emotions are made or influenced – especially by music – the human being is provider or bunker of morales. The body. This one Barbara Fuchs multiplies on the bare stage at Barnes Crossing and by that stresses the impersonality of the idea.

Thomas Linden, Kölner Rundschau, February 2013
The alphabet of emotions
Apparently, Barbara Fuchs does not want to affect in her new dance-production “Moodswing”, which filled the second half of the evening. Her project is the first episode of the cycle “Ge-Fühl-Los” which is structured in three stations. The choreography that directs itself as a performance for voices across long distances, dissects emotions like dust particles. In a distorted acoustic, joy, sorrow, rage and fear are represented in front of the ramp by screams, grunts or gasps. It looks like a spelling out of human sentiments. It is a little scary, a little funny but it can not become dramatically because in the laboratory no stories emerge.
This factual experiment that is supposed to stage unbridled reactions in the form of dance and voice is obviously great fun for the four protagonists (Odile Foehl, Barbara Fuchs, Marcus Bomksi und Regina Rossi). A little wink is allowed in these stylistic finger exercises. It will be interesting how Barbara Fuchs is going to expand and intensify her alphabet of emotions in the second part of the cycle.”