LUSTOPIA

LUSTOPIA

LUSTOPIA

Silke Z., Laurynas Žakevičius, Airida Gudaitė | Silke Z. X LOWAIR

 

LUSTOPIA is an intergenerational and inclusive stage piece on the themes of desire and utopia, co-produced by choreographers Laurynas Žakevičius and Airida Gudaitė, the urban dance company LOW AIR from Vilnius, Lithuania, and contemporary choreographer Silke Z. from Cologne.

The project brings together six dancers from Lithuania and Germany who differ greatly in age, generation, ability and dance biography.

Individually and as a collective, they follow the lure of Pleasure moments and develop a utopian blueprint of their unique and shared pleasure.

Is LUST bound to certain characteristics such as age, gender, body or disability?

Do shame and insecurities caused by gender ascription, age or disability get in the way of UTOPIA?

The project moves playfully between pleasure, obscenity, bodyshaming and bodypositivity and consciously rubs up against social norms and existing taboos. In the search for a lustful freedom, the joint dance exploration of boundaries and in contact with each other, LUSTOPIA follows the utopia of a moving fusion of bodies.

LUSTOPIA invites the audience to a dance performance experience that explores the differences of each individual and the utopia of a shared identity.

 

Voices on the performance:

It is one of the best performances to be seen in contemporary dance in recent times…
What is being lost in these times is desire. The lust for life, the lust for other people, no matter who they are. The lightning bolt that goes through your soul when you look another person in the eye, the unconcealed desire for someone who triggers more in you than the mere, already delightful feeling of a soulmate. Choreographer Silke Z. even goes so far as to ask about desire as a utopia, i.e. about something that does not exist, something that lies in the future and is possibly irredeemable.

– Michael S. Zerban (O-Ton Culture Magazine)

 

The performance shows in a very strong way that desire exists completely independently of age, ability or gender. So often older, queer or disabled people are denied their sexuality, but in LUSTOPIA it is celebrated and made visible. Not just their sexuality, but their lust for life is celebrated here. We see half-naked bodies in maximum exertion, in passionate dance, which otherwise almost never find a place on stage. As we watch, however, we also see the pressure, the inner struggle and the fight for self-empowerment. Then again, the tension is released and absorbed by exuberance, lightness and loving embraces.

 

I saw you tonight – and you saw me. I want to thank you very much!!!

 

I was very touched by the emotional intensity and mutual understanding with which the dancers enter into the encounters and challenge social norms.

– Franziska Nagel

I haven’t had such intense eye contact for a very long time. I felt so much during the performance – I was kind of scared, fascinated and deeply touched at the same time. I thank you very much for this hour – for this contact.

– Audience member

LUSTOPIA is a multi-layered work for which one definition, one theme, one experience is not enough, in my opinion. We challenge you to be brave, we surprise you with unexpected decisions, we offer you the opportunity to experience a pleasant discomfort. We will touch you and not let go, but above all we will notice you and invite you to listen to us.

 

During the performance you will discover yourself in each of us – maybe you will eat a delicious meal, maybe you will feel lonely, question yourself and your place in space, be filled with lust and pleasure, maybe question moral norms, feel like the happiest person, be fat or thin, red-haired or shaved, dancing slower or faster. Or maybe you will simply be yourself – with your own life experiences, desires, wishes, ideas and feelings.

– Dmitrijus Andrušanecas, dancer

PAST PERFORMANCES

26.10.23 @ ehrenfeldstudios, Cologne

27.10.23 @ ehrenfeldstudios, Cologne

28.10.23 @ ehrenfeldstudios, Cologne

CREDITS / CAST / FUNDING

Artistic direction: Silke Z.
Choreography: Silke Z., Laurynas Žakevičius, Airida Gudaitė.
Dance: Caroline Simon, Hanna Held, David Winking, Grėtė Vosyliūtė, Dmitrijus Andrušanecas, Darius Stankevičius
Lighting + Stage design: Garlef Kesler
Music + Sound design: Liam Giles
Costume: Melina Jusczyk
Management: Hanna Held
Organisation: Rica Hellige
Assistance: Franzika Nagel

The performance is part of the 700th anniversary of Vilnius -program

            

              

DATES

Sat 01.06.2024

20:00

Tanzgenerator Bonn: Theater Marabu

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Sun 02.06.2024

18:00

Tanzgenerator Bonn: Theater Marabu

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It is one of the best performances to be seen in contemporary dance in recent times…

– Michael S. Zerban (O-Ton Culture Magazine)

DETAILS

LANGUAGE  German, English

DURATION  65 min. 

ONE NIGHT STAND

ONE NIGHT STAND

ONE NIGHT STAND

A FESTIVAL ON AGING, VISIBILITY AND SEXUALITY

 

“Look at me! You look good – for your age! Shall we… do something together for the first time? Something unique. See how the spotlight is travelling over my body? You’ve been watching that the whole time, haven’t you?

Doing the unexpected for one night. Making the hidden visible. Saying the unsaid. Doing naughty things precisely because it’s not proper… for our age. Are we still not too old for this shit?”

This supra-regional festival brings together choreographers, theatre makers, mediators and people aged 60+. Over two days, the alliance between Silke Z. / resistdance (Cologne), moving_SpAces (Munich), the TTW’s ZARTBITTER theatre for the elderly (Ludwigsburg) and OLDSCHOOL (Cologne) will create a unique programme with performances, workshops, an exhibition, talks and a party on the visibility of age in the performing arts. The finale of the festival will be the premiere of a three-part performance evening by the various ensembles of the 60+ generation, who have explored the topic in advance.

PAST DATES

13.04.2024 @ Tanz- und Theaterwerkstatt, Ludwigsburg

18.04.2024 @ HochX, München

19.04.2024 @ Fachtag „dance_age_trouble“, München

CREDITS / CAST / FUNDING

Supported by the production funding of the Fonds Darstellende Künste, the Cultural Office of the City of Cologne, the Cultural Department of the City of Munich, the Cultural Office of the City of Ludwigsburg and the State of Baden-Württemberg.

More information about the productions and the accompanying programme (exhibition, panel discussion, workshops, party) can be found here: www.schauspiel.koeln/spielplan/a-z/one-night-stand/

         

          

     

DATES

Upcoming performances will be announced here.

TEMPTATION

TEMPTATION

TEMPTATION

 

Come a little closer. Even closer. Super close. Can you feel our age? Can you taste our experiences? Do you desire our knowledge? Which body will you reveal to me?  

In TEMPTATION, 10 performers over the age of 55 move between lust and loss, flirtation and shame, pleasure and pain and create a statement on sexuality in old age(s) in biographical excerpts and physical snapshots. TEMPTATION embarks on a lustful journey to stimulating, lost and obscure places and is dedicated to the visibility of individual lust in old age(s). 

The ensemble is made up of performers from the OLDSCHOOL theatre ensemble of Schauspiel Köln under the artistic direction of David Vogel as well as performers from the Silke Z. company.

PAST PERFORMANCES

24.02.2024 @ Schauspiel Köln, Cologne

15.03.2024 @ ehrenfeldstudios, Cologne

16.03.2024 @ ehrenfeldstudios, Cologne

CREDITS / CAST / FUNDING

Artistic direction: David Vogel, Silke Z.
Director: David Vogel
Choreography: Silke Z.
Performance: Friedhelm Friebe, Uta Gärtel, Anne Kaute, Felicitas Martin, Hartmut Misgeld, Bettina Muckenhaupt, Guido Preuss, Mina Rahimzacleh, Gabriele Seiler-Seidler, Majid Taatizadeh, Joalia Ellwanger
Costume: Julia Misiorny, Anette Köhler
Set design: Anna Lachnit
Lighting design: Garlef Kessler
Sound design: Liam Giles
Production management & assistance: Hanna Held, Matthis Volkmar
Assistance & internship: Joalia Ellwanger

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DATES

Upcoming performances will be announced here.

WITH US. EPISODE 4: KAREL (65) MEETS BETTINA (68)

WITH US. EPISODE 4: KAREL (65) MEETS BETTINA (68)

WITH US. EPISODE 4:

KAREL (65) MEETS BETTINA (68)

Silke Z. & die metabolisten

 

In WITH US. EPISODE 4 by choreographer Silke Z., dancers Karel Vaněk and Bettina Muckenhaupt meet. They embark on an impulsive process of rapprochement in which they explore different versions of themselves and make themselves available to each other with skin and hair. Sometimes explosive, sometimes pleasurable, they peel themselves from one skin into the next and play passionately with their relationship to independence.

Bettina Muckenhaupt and Karel Vaněk have been realising dance performances together with choreographer Silke Z. for many years and are both part of Silke Z.’s intergenerational ensemble “die metabolisten”.

PAST PERFORMANCES

17.11.2023 @ ehrenfeldstudios, Cologne

18.11.2023 @ ehrenfeldstudios, Cologne 

CREDITS / CAST / FUNDING

Choreography Silke Z.

in collaboration with

Dance Karel Vaněk, Bettina Muckenhaupt
Lighting + stage
Beppo Leichenich

Management
Hanna Held

Supported by the Diversity Fund of the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK Guest performance funding dance, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, as well as the Ministries of Culture and the Arts of the Federal States.

   

DATES

Upcoming performances will be announced here.

DETAILS

LANGUAGE  /
DURATION  20 min.
SWARMING

SWARMING

SWARMING

Dance Art & Visibility in the context of Age(ing) 

We want to set a performative example and make DANCE IN THE CONTEXT OF AGE(ING) visible in public. We are founding an OPEN DANCE – SWARM – ENSEMBLE for all people over 60.

Once a month we will dance as a swarm at a different location in the city. Anyone can join in. No previous experience necessary.

Do you DESIRE?
Do you desire to MOVE?
Do you want to MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

PAST PERFORMANCES

NEXT DATE

The date for our next SWARMING will be announced soon.

REGISTRATION

HOW DOES IT WORK?

After your registration you will receive monthly information and instructions about the next public place for SWARMING.