Backup Dancer Choreographer/Rehearsal Director: Rebecca Duschl
Music Composer/Producer: Adam Horrell
Prop Builder: Tim Fluck and Sebastian Harding
Rigger: Leo Headman
Production Assistants: Karl Taylor and Alethea Raban
Backup Dancers: Chris Lamb, Laura Firth, Amara McPhail, Genevieve Giron, Anna Mason, Xavier de Sousa, Lia Kostinou, Niv Ben-Yehuda, Connie Page, Samuel Kennedy, Marco Contino, Sara Zaltash, John Ovendon, Scarlett Lassoff, Phoebe Knight, Esteban Fourmi, Laura Nemeiksyte, Katalin Bresztyenszky, Karl Taylor, Jerome Porsperger, Amanda Hohenberg, Rachel Crawford, Benedict Hudson, Wayne Summerball
Supported by SPILL Festival of Performance, Arts Council England, Laban Theatre, Live Art Development Agency, Queen Mary, University of London, and The Barbican
Four dancers – four real bodies, standing on their own two feet or brought to their knees – demonstrate everything from moments of intense affection to smutty assaults: the disturbingly complex spectrum of socially accepted and unaccepted sexuality.
Fleisch und Puppen (flesh and dolls) fights, wriggles, sucks, licks and pants its way along the precarious, narrow ridge between the perpetual quest for intimacy and the infliction of subtle sexual violations. Sometimes holding each other up, sometimes holding each other at bay. Marion Dieterle’s direct, multifaceted choreography examines simple needs, above and beyond desire. Firmly rooted in the here and now, in a series of disturbing, fascinating images she conjures up erotic hopes, hopeless approaches and indescribable fears at the bedrock of sexual candour. “Strip!” With its shamelessly open gaze at body and soul, her thoughtful investigation into the intricate morality of physical contact in these times of upfront eroticism is captivating. A highly physical, vibrant piece, by turns surreal and horribly realistic, it turns the spotlight on human fragility and the power of lust: no mean feat!
Choreography, concept, video: Marion Dieterle
Dance: Florian Patschovsky, Tim Behren, Emily Welther, Marion Dieterle
Music: Ralf Freudenberger
Light: Wolfgang Pütz
Film editing: Chris Mersmann