9 June 2013

Doris Uhlich

Come Back


“This show is a hit with its meticulous choreography of ballet rudiments, pop songs and the splinters of the performers’ biographies!” Falter

Choreographer Doris Uhlich’s Come Back brings five former ballet dancers from Vienna’s State Opera and People’s Opera back to the brut stage long after the end of their dance careers. The dancers spent a year working with Uhlich on a futuristic archaeology: based on an internalised hierarchy and ballet’s rigorous physical techniques which was second nature to them back in the day. This isn’t some nostalgic retrospective or about personal failures, but rather looks at risky perspectives: what power is in these disciplined bodies, transformed by time, in the here and now? Where can this power be discharged today? How can you make an internalised system flexible? While their contemporaries were revolting against the current system at the end of the 1960s, they were training at the bar. Did they follow thesechanging times? Were they aware of the changes going on outside? With their Come Back these former dancers are founding their own radical and self-ironic revolutionary movement as pensioners. Their material: politically volatile figures that are shaking at the disciplining of their bodies, searching for utopic landscapes of movement and who view their limits as a political opportunity. Come Back is the third instalment of a trilogy in which Doris Uhlich explores the historic development and the stringent forms of ballet. In SPITZE (2008), Uhlich grappled with the idea of dance en pointe and the romantic idealisation of the ballerina. In Rising Swan (2010) Uhlich allowed the Dying Swan by Anna Pavlova to rise again in the present and related it to the ebb and flow of world affairs.

To bring the ballet trilogy to a close, Doris Uhlich will be taking care of the music in the brut Bar on 9 June.

Choreography Doris Uhlich Dramaturgic collaboration Constanze Schellow Lighting Monika Gruber Sound Gerald Pappenberger Interior design Alexander Schellow Artistic consultation Yoshie Maruoka Production Christine Sbaschnigg | insert (Theaterverein) With Marialuise Jaska, Susanne Kirnbauer, Percy Kofranek, Renate Loucky, Violetta Springnagel-Storch

A co-production of brut Wien, De Internationale Keuze van de Rotterdamse Schouwburg Rotterdam, Festspielhaus St. Pölten, Göteborgs Dans & Teater Festival Gothenburg, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main.

€ 14/€ 8/€ 6 with the brutkarte*

3 for 2! Come see all three performances (SPITZE, Rising Swan, Come Back) and only pay for two!

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