CHOR(E)OGRAPHIE / JOURNALISMUS: kurze Stücke by VA Wölfl
“[…] At the front, rifles turn decoratively on wheels; some of them are brandished by models in sequins. Freeze-frame: shop-window dummy aesthetic. War is fashion, thinks the arts-page writer before chiding himself that Wölfl would laugh at such cultural clichés. Later, electric guitars come to the ready, intoning a lady on pointes, quietly operatically – or repeating the same motif again and again. […] The performers execute this without emotion, eyes cast down. They exit, return in a row and bow perfunctorily as if it were the final curtain. Some audience members clap – nice try. But the show goes on. […]”
www.tanznetz.de, 8 September 2015
No other company has been a more frequent guest at the festival than Düsseldorf’s NEUER TANZ, directed by visual artist VA Wölfl. Under the banner of “full artistic control”, the company’s works operate at the interface of the arts and skilfully defy pigeon-holing as any particular genre. The production “CHOR(E)OGRAPHIE / JOURNALISMUS: kurze stücke” is no exception, but finds uncompromising forms to express the range of themes explored by the company: avant-garde decadence, the art of war and the galant style in music. VA Wölfl and his performers conjure up an iconoclastic riot of projections, pistols and paillettes in front of the stage’s gleaming white cube. Spontaneously varied, each performance is a unique synthesis of the arts that is sure to surprise.
(each approx. 120 min.)
cast & credits
With: Ludwig Abraham, Alfonso Bordi, Marion Flor, Montserrat Gardo Castillo, Petr Hastik, Nicholas Mansfield, Kristin Schuster, Yuki Takimori / Hasti Molavin, Kristian Schäfer / Nicolás Kretz, Wolfgang Wehlau, Marco Wehrspann und VA Wölfl.
NEUER TANZ is supported by Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Stadt Düsseldorf, Kunststiftung NRW, Stiftung Schloss und Park Benrath, Kunst- und Kulturstiftung der Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf, NRW KULTURsekretariat Wuppertal and NEUER TANZ.
This event was made possible by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK with funds provided by the federal government’s office for culture and media, and by the ministries of culture and art of the federal states.