Photographs: TANZ © Nada Zgank, Eva Würdinger 


by Florentina Holzinger

A ballet class under Beatrice Schönherr direction, the first ballerina to dance Le Sacre de Printemps naked (John Neumeier's Le Sacre, 1972), provides the framework of Florentina Holzinger’s TANZ. The performers undergo rigorous training in "action ballet", the so-called "sylphic studies". In collective 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?

TANZ is the third part of Florentina Holzinger's trilogy Recovery, Apollon and TANZ. This trilogy investigates how the body is cultivated, shaped and transformed through different physical disciplines.


Concept/Performance/Choreography Florentina Holzinger

Performance by and with
Annina Machaz
Evelyn Frantti
Laura Stokes
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

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

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

Something Great

Supported by
O Espaço do Tempo 
Fondation LUMA
De Châtel Award 

Executive Production
Laura Andreß

Financial administration
Julia Haas/SMART

Thanks to
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