Choreomanics - dancing plague research project

What if dance is the only remedy left to cure?
In the 16th century this is what seemed to happen in Strasbourg, when hundreds of people started to dance in the streets in a desperate apocalyptic mood after several crop failures, epidemics and corruption. Some of them died after days and even weeks of crazed uninterrupted dancing. At a certain point of the "dancing plague phenomena", fellow citizens who were not infected were engaged to provide music and water building up a protective fellowship around the possessed dancers, motivating them to keep on dancing for as long as they needed to get rid of their compulsion.

Inspired by the historical event of the dancing plague, four dancers search for pop up stages in public places in Berlin-Friedrichshain. Bars, cafes and shops are closed at this moment due to the lock down. It is the first time in history that there have been curfews on a worldwide scale simultaneously.

As a performance group we investigated where the border lines become blurred between control, care, protection, responsibility and autonomy.
We worked with inner subtext and audio description as a tool to open up our senses towards sensual information of the urban surrounding as a nourishing source for the movement quality. Our physical research practice consisted in exploring possibilities to move on a very restricted spot outdoor to find a creative way to air out claustrophobic states of the mind. During the performative walks every dancer inhabited a personalized bordered "stage-spot": :


Choreography: Anja Kolmanics
Dance: Fausta Scarangella, Sancha Meca Castro, Steffi Sembner-Erfurt, Anja Kolmanics
Fotos: Lily Roggemann

„Gefördert durch die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Programm NEUSTART KULTUR, Hilfsprogramm DIS-TANZEN des Dachverband Tanz Deutschland.“ Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien.

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