Augenblick mal! 2011

Mittwoch, 18. Mai 2011 | Hebbel am Ufer - HAU 2

E*Motion, Düsseldorf
super me
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Eine Koproduktion des Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt | tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf und Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin
ab 12 Jahren | 60 Minuten

Director: E*Motion
Stage Design: Philip Bußmann
Choreography: E*Motion
Dramaturgy: Célestine Hennermann
Music: Takao Baba
Actor(s): Takao Baba, Andrea Böge, Niranh Chanthabouasy aka Lil'Rock, Albi Gika, Victoria Söntgen (alle Tanz und Choreographie)


Two people get to know one another, at first online and then in reality. The upshot is the first contact. Another person is ostracised, somehow virtually. And yet the rejection is genuine: cyber mobbing. A fourth gets lost in a network of limitless pos


The humming of a bee fills the room. A projection of a bee's body slowly spreads over the rectangular grass and flutters through the world. In the course of the play we learn that the humming bee communicates with its fellow species through dance. On the stage we see five dancers who belong to the generation which have been heavy users of digital communication forms for years. Scarcely anyone still remembers a time before Facebook, SchülerVZ and StudiVZ, a time without a mobile phone, e-mail, chats, Twitter and MySpace. In the digital world of communication the difference between being networked and being isolated, reality and fake, emotions and Emoticon is often somewhat like a balancing act. The other side of the coin of our 'high-end communication world' has long been known – at least theoretically – and its themes and problems have been dealt with in many different connections.

The group E*Motion takes up the theme of 'mediatisation' using youthful contemporary means. In 'Super Me' they succeed in liberating hip-hop from being simply a showcase for demonstrating impressive skills by integrating it into a piece of dance theatre as an artistically relevant movement language. A carpet woven from the sounds of incoming e-mails, mouse clicks and other sounds from the digital world, alongside sounds from the natural world and hip-hop songs, forms the basis of their musical work. The supposed boundary between technology and nature, the 'real' and 'virtual' world is not only taken up in the music but also in the different dance styles. At times the two worlds seem to unite in an explosive mixture and at other times creatively. Our 'natural' longing for friendship, recognition and networking can sometimes be a trap in the 'virtual' network, and at other times this can lead to great happiness. No easy solutions are offered here, but many different stories, possibilities and impossibilities inherent in our current forms of communication.

Martina Kessel, Curator

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