MOUVOIR / Stephanie Thiersch
Performance / Dancing theater
The Kunstverein launches its stage programme starting with the dance theatre piece Helter Skelter by the company MOUVOIR and their choreographer Stephanie Thiersch.
In Helter Skelter Stephanie Thiersch designs a perfidious choreographed arrangement combining elements of fragmented video stills, live music, recited text and dance as a critical commentary on everyday stereotypes of traditional and contemporary female roles and images. Five physically very different female dancers try on various roles whereby socially accepted behaviour and oppressive regimes are questioned. Subdued and unpredictable aggressions explode, subtle images of violence emerge from a seemingly naive childlike attitude, alarmingly familiar and socially accepted. Helter Skelter draws a picture of an emancipatory power of self-determination, as sketched out by gender theorist Judith Butler, that is itself in constant danger to turn into new mechanisms of power and exclusion.
Choreography/concept: Stephanie Thiersch; choreography/dance: Viviana Escalé, Alexandra Naudet, Karen Piewig, Teresa Ranieri, Agustina Sario; choreographic assistence: Alexandra Naudet; video: Martin Rottenkolber, Hirschberg/Schreiber; music/guitar: Joseph Suchy; light: Ansgar Kluge; technical director : Niko Moddenborg; stage: Stephanie Thiersch; costume: Svea Kossack; script: Andrea Heller
Helter Skelter ist the first performance to take place in the series Antenne Köln, generously supported by Rheinenergie Stiftung Kultur. Antenne Köln introduces the work of young local artists working in different media at the Kunstverein. Stephanie Thiersch benefits from a studio grant of the Imhoff Stiftung and the Kölnischer Kunstverein.