The art of thinking about the body, of writing about it, of collecting its traces, is constantly changing – sometimes for the worse. By now there is hardly a publishing house left that would dare to publish a dance book. And hardly any newspaper prints a longer dance story unless it is about a star, scandal or a salsa party in the local town.
Choreography has much more to do with a radicality and urgency of action than with consent and dancing along. This is true all over the world, without exception.
A shadow hangs over Namibia–– and not just because of the low-hanging sun over the picturesque Etosha salt pan. Despite all the romanticism surrounding the desert, peace remains elusive even in the wake of the return of the looted artworks to the former German colony. The relationship with those who erected the first German concentration camps is anything but resolved.
A mighty festival on the island of Ingøy in northernmost Norway unites audiences and dancers under Arctic skies. Not far from the Russian border, the theatre is celebrating the landscape. Among us: Hans-Thies Lehmann, the late doyen of post-dramatic theatre. For him, landscape was both the adversary and the centre of theatre. A festive description and a last text by him.
Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in Africa and indeed the world. Despite a recent military coup, it is the venue for a dance festival that allows guests to gain deep insights into the mentalities of the African dance scene. On stage, people argue, dance, and forge new partnerships. Europe has funded this festival – so that it may approach the scene on an equal footing.
Millions and millions of kilometers of yarn are unwound unremittingly from bobbins worldwide – in the myriad textile and sewing factories on this earth. Mechanically speaking, bobbins perform an almost endless pirouette. The human body follows exactly the same principle.
Das Theater will dreifach gut sein. Gut zum Bürger. Gut zur Kultur. Und gut zum Zeitgeist. Gut zu sein, gehört zum Wesen des Theaters, das sich nicht vorwerfen lassen will, etwa rassistisch oder nicht wirklich klimaneutral zu sein. Doch verträgt sich dieser Anspruch wirklich mir der Realität innerhalb der Institution? Der Fall Raphael Hillebrand lässt daran Zweifeln.