Photographs: Recovery © Anna van Kooij


by Florentina Holzinger

Recovery by Florentina Holzinger is a work that revolves around struggle as a process of healing and the stage as an arena, and in which questions of coping with trauma, a fresh start and female support are raised.

It all started with Florentina’s accident when she crashed three meters to the ground during a performance in Norway. The work Recovery, inspired by this experience and the title of American rapper Eminem’s seventh studio album, is the product of a lengthy recovery period. Florentina aims at transforming herself into a warrior on both a spiritual and a physical level. Now, evening by evening, she enters the ring to defy the art world, fear and trauma. She prepares for every show as if it was a fight. Thus, each instalment of Recovery is characterized by physical healing and starting fresh, by the recovery of what seemed lost and the recovery of artistic data. The performance emerges from the conviction that the only art worth being made is an art that can heal.

Florentina Holzinger is inspired by George Balanchine’s legendary ballet Agon, created in 1957. The work’s title means competition and is considered a highlight of Balanchine’s examination of Igor Stravinsky’s music. Florentina created her own Agon which was shown at festival ImPulsTanz 2014 and Recovery is based on that piece.


Concept & performance
Florentina Holzinger

Btissame Amadour
Clara Saito
Eva Susova
Lenneke Vos & guests

Sound design 
Stefan Schneider

Dramaturgy & consultation
Vincent Riebeek
Renée Copraij
Sara Ostertag

Frascati Producties
brut Wien

Management & Distribution
Something Great 

With the support of the European Culture Programme “Life Long Burning”, City of Vienna’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Performing Arts Fund NL