Photographs: TANZ © Eva Würdinger, TQW 

TANZ


Artist: Florentina Holzinger
Country: Austria / The Netherlands
Genre: Dance / Performance
Year of Creation: 2019

TANZ is the third part of the trilogy Recovery, Apollon and TANZ. This 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?

CREDITS

Concept/Performance/Choreography Florentina Holzinger

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


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

Dramaturgy
Renée Copraij
Sara Ostertag


Outside Eye
Michele Rizzo
Fernando Belfiore

Theory and research
Anna Leon

Coaching
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)

Production
Spirit  

Management
Something Great
DANSCO 

Distribution
Something Great

Co-produced by  
Tanzquartier Wien 
Spring Festival
Theater Rotterdam
Mousonturm
Arsenic
Münchner Kammerspiele
Take Me Somewhere 
deSingel 
Beursschouwburg
Sophiensaele
Frascati Productions
Asphalt Festival
Theater im Pumpenhaus 

Supported by
O Espaço do Tempo 
Fondation LUMA
De Châtel Award 

Executive Production
Laura Andreß

Financial administration
Julia Haas/SMART

Thanks to
CAMPO 
ImPulsTanz
The students of Wigs, Make-up and Special Make-up Effects for Stage and Screen
Theaterakademie August Everdin
Mochi Catering
Eva Beresin
Tanz-Archiv MUK Wien

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