© Eva Würdinger


Artist: Florentina Holzinger
Country: Austria / The Netherlands
Genre: Dance / Performance
Year of Creation:

TANZ is the third part of the trilogy Recovery, Apollon and TANZ. The trilogy investigates how the body is cultivated, shaped and transformed through the use of different physical disciplines.

A ballet class under the direction of Beatrice Schönherr, the first ballerina to dance Le Sacre de Printemps naked (John Neumeier’s Le Sacre, 1972), provides the framework for TANZ, the new creation of Florentina Holzinger.  The performers undergo rigorous training in “action ballet”, the so-called “sylphic studies”. In joint rituals, they learn to master their bodies and minds, and they acquire supernatural powers, such as flying. A quest for perfection in an ephemeral world, during which the gross is transformed into the sublime. In an operatic setting, brutal parodies of sensationalist images emerge, as seen in ballet, comedy and pornography. The gaze regime finds reflection in the character of a porn producer who documents the performance. With a cast of women between the ages of twenty and eighty, all of whom have different backgrounds in dance, TANZ raises the question of the legacy of dance. How can the cult of beauty inherent in this tradition be reconciled?


Florentina Holzinger

Performance by and with Renée Copraij, Trixie Cordua, Evelyn Frantti, Lucifire, Annina Machaz, Maria Netti Nüganen, Suzn Payson, Laura Stokes, Veronica Thompson, Lydia Darling

Video design/Live camera
Josefin Arnell

Sound design/Live sound
Stefan Schneider

Light design/Technical director
Anne Meeussen

Stage design 
Nikola Knezevic

Stage assistant 
Camilla Smolders

Renée Copraij, Sara Ostertag

Outside Eye
Michele Rizzo, Fernando Belfiore

Theory and research
Anna Leon

Btissame Amadour, Ghani Minne, Dave Tusk

Music coach
Almut Lustig

Stunt support
Haeger Stunt & Wireworks

Stunt instructors
Stunt Cloud GmbH (Leo Plank, Phong Giang, Sandra Barger)

Something Great (Berlin - DE)
& DANSCO (Amsterdam - NL)

Something Great (Berlin - DE)


Executive Production 
Laura Andreß 

Financial administration 
Julia Haas/SMART (Vienna - AT)

Co-produced by  
Tanzquartier Wien (Vienna - AT)
Spring Festival (Utrecht - NL)
Productiehuis Theater Rotterdam (Rotterdam - NL)
Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt - DE)
Arsenic (Lausanne - CH)
Münchner Kammerspiele (Munich - DE)
Take Me Somewhere  (Glasgow - UK)
deSingel (Antwerp - BE)
Beursschouwburg (Brussels, BE)
Sophiensaele (Berlin - DE)
Frascati Productions (Amsterdam - NL)
Asphalt Festival  (Düsseldorf - DE)   
Theater im Pumpenhaus (Muenster – DE)

Supported by
O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo – PT), Fondation LUMA (Arles - FR), De Châtel Award (NL)

Thanks to CAMPO Ghent,  ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival, the students of Wigs, Make-up and Special Make-up Effects for Stage and Screen, Theaterakademie August Everdin Munich , Mochi Catering Vienna, Eva Beresin and Tanz-Archiv MUK Wien

Funded by the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna, Performing Arts Fund NL