WITCHES is the prelude of EXCESSIVE SHOWING by the choreographer and dance-artist Ursina Tossi. The performance will be shown at Kampnagel Hamburg, tanzfaktur Köln and Ballhaus Ost Berlin. Parallel to the stage production there will arrise the laboratory and continuous installation #WILD ARCHIVE / WITCHES-LAB at MARKK Hamburg.
If you are called a "witch" these days - it is almost a compliment. Since the Middle Ages, the character of the witch appears extremely ambivalent: stigmatized as a heretic, sexually deviant and subject of the devil, who was persecuted in the transition to capitalism. At the same time, she is regarded as the keeper of knowledge about reproduction and healing as well as a sexually and economically self-determined woman. As a feminist fighter she resists the control procedures of the capitalist patriarchy and becomes a political symbol.
Hamburg- and Cologne based choreographer Ursina Tossi and her team are now exploring the significance of the witch. The focus of their artistic exploration is the powerful and persecuted female body and it’s history. Within a bizarre space, history collides with pop culture fantasies and science fiction. The Sensual becomes political. Which qualities of the witch construct the general picture of femininity? Which of their traditional strategies of resistance and self-determination are still valid today? How do images and figures of witches serve as role models for rebellious, feminist and political concepts? And finally, who are the witches today? And who are hunting them?
TOUR DATES & SPECIAL EVENTS
[HAMBURG-PREMIERE] THURSDAY 26/09
& FR 27/09 - SUN 29/09
KAMPNAGEL HAMBURG - K1
[COLOGNE-PREMIERE] FRIDAY 18/10
& SA 19/10 - SUN 20/10
[BERLIN] FR 21/02 - SA 22/02/20
Ballhaus Ost Berlin
#WILD ARCHIVE // WITCHES-LABs
MARKK - Museum am Rothenbaum
URSINA TOSSI & TEAM
choreography / artistic director / dancer: Ursina Tossi
co-choreography and dance: Rachell Bo Clark, Camilla Brogaard, Julia B. Laperrière, Amanda Romero
dramaturgy: Margarita Tsomou
sound: Johannes Miethke
stage: Hanna Lenz + Anja Zihlmann
costume: Judith Förster + Christina Geiger
light: Ricarda Schnoor
artistic assistance Anna Semenova-Ganz
artistic production / press: STÜCKLIESEL
video: Friederike Höppner
photo: Philipp Weinrich / Johannes Miethke / Sinje Hasheider
WITCHES is a produktion by Ursina Tossi in co-production with Kampnagel, MARKK Hamburg, tanzfaktur Köln and Ballhaus Ost Berlin.
FUNDED BY: Behörde für Kultur und Medien Hamburg, NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste NRW e.V. mit Mitteln des Ministeriums für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Fonds Darstellende Künste und Stadt Köln