“Unthought body”… A world turned upside down.

In STANDARD the world is turned upside down. And that even though the standard dance understands how to masterly stage the social order and the self-control of its members. For centuries, the waltz, tango, foxtrot, etc. have claimed to be the ultimate expression of the processes of civilization.

Ballroom dances are reflections of their time, through which body techniques are culturally practiced and exercised. In addition, very different subject concepts are again and again negotiated on the dance floor, which, in a literal sense, opens up new, revolutionary experimental worlds.

The CocoonDance company deals with ballroom dancing as if it was a completely unknown form of movement. Ballroom dancing, in the form of standard dances, is understood as a comprehensive body concept and deconstructed and transformed with regard to an independent new type of movement and physicality.

In search of the ‘unthought body’ CocoonDance explores the contradictions inherent in ballroom dancing, of freedom and control, improvisation and notation, desire and decency. The resulting creatures take us into a world of swaying elegance.

5 Performers, 1 Technician, 1 choreographer

Min. Stage: 9 m x 9 m
Duration: ca. 0:45 h

A collaboration with Zagreb Dance Center (ZPC) and Staatstheater Darmstadt.

Funded by the Doppelpass Fund of the German Federal Culture Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes), the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Federal City of Bonn, RheinEnergieStiftung.

Co-created by: Fa-Hsuan Chen, Martina De Dominicis, Werner Nigg/ Álvaro Esteban, Marin Lemić, Eleonora Vrdoljak

Choreography: Rafaële Giovanola
Composition: Jörg Ritzenhoff
Light design: Jasper Diekamp
Space, light concept: Marino Frankola
Costumes assistant: Božica Tunjić
Video, pictures: Neven Petrović
Dramaturgy: Rainald Endrass
Management: Godlive Lawani – Stane Performing Arts Management, Aurélie Martin

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