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The Best. The Worst. My Everything!

A Performative Discourse

by Irmela Kästner with contributions of six Choreographers and Dancers.

The motto is: “allowing criticism”. With a focus on: allowing. Author and dance critic Irmela Kästner has invited six choreographers to challenge their critical praxis of contemporary dance – and ask questions about expectations related to the theatre. After the participants have encountered each other in an intensive workshop, exchanging visions, intentions, methods and techniques, they will perform together on stage.

Each artist will take his or her own position. Nevertheless, they represent parts of a whole: They will comment on, react to, or intervene. Objective analysis will switch to radical subjective self-presentation with open hearts and minds, fragile, ephemeral, passionate – as the participants are not only experienced choreographers, but also exceptional performers.

„Why do I enter this stage?“ They ask themselves this essential question from different viewpoints, diving into a dance discourse: What are my burning desires? Am I acting them out? Or have internalized viewpoints of outward expectations seduced me to behave and act strategically?

by and with: Josep Caballero García, Angela Guerreiro, Arianne Hoffmann, Jochen Roller, Vania Rovisco, Robert Steijn
Concept & Direction: Irmela Kästner
Setting & Space Design: Klaus Stephan Neumann
Photography: Tina Ruisinger
Production: Schmidt-Rohr/Kästner-Tanzinitiative Hamburg in Co-Production with K3 Centre for Choreography / Tanzplan Hamburg, supported by Kulturbehörde Hamburg

An Artist Portrait

Photos © Tina Ruisinger