LOVE IS … PRIME! | the empathic body vol.2

by Silke Z. and die metabolisten


Sept. 23rd 2021 at 8:00 pm ehrenfeldstudios, Cologne

Dec. 04th 2021at 6:00 pm
Dec. 05th 2021at 4:00 pm


Love is… affection, compliments, devotion, abandonment, basic trust, happiness,

protective and complicated.

In their new production, Silke Z. and the intergenerational ensemble die metabolisten devote themselves to the many facets of love.

It is about the moment of revelation, self-love, longing and lust, rapture and the power of love, but also about hate speech, saying no out loud or dissolving oneself in love.

The dancers have produced solo videos on one aspect of love, which serve as the basis for the production and the love parcours through the ehrenfeldstudios.

In video projections, sound installations and dance performances, the rooms of the ehrenfeldstudios will become a parcours of love in which the audience can move freely.

Join us in exploring the many facets of love and try to endure and defend this great feeling with us!


Artistic direction and choreography | Silke Z.

Performance | Daniela Riebesam, Vivien Kovarbasic, Caroline Simon, Dennis Schmitz, Jimin Seo, David Winking, Hanna Held, Annika Bode, Meike Kattwinkel

Intergenerative dramaturgy | André Zimmermann, Bettina Muckenhaupt, Lilith Giles

Production Management | Annina Pomaska

Sound Design | André Zimmermann

Lighting Design | Wolfgang Pütz

Costume and stage | Claudia Grünig, Annina Pomaska

Dance mediation | Silke Z., Caroline Simon, Dennis Schmitz, Hanna Held

Management | Hanna Held

Administration | Carina Graf

Organization | Anna Boldt

Public Relations | Vinya Cameron

Public Relations | Kerstin Rosemann

Photo Documentation | Claudia Grünig, Annina Pomaska

Video documentation | Barbara Schröer

The overall concept is supported by the following partners:

Co-production: Fokus Tanz e.V. Munich, Junges Schauspielhaus Bochum.

Cooperation: Albertus-Magnus-Gymnasium Cologne, ehrenfeldstudios e.V.

Thanks to the students of TMK classes of Albertus-Magnus-Gymnasium Cologne for their input to the production!

Funded by the state of NRW within the framework of the 3-year conceptual funding and the city of Cologne within the framework of the multi-year project funding.

Artistic Research – Labs with people over 60

Artistic Research – Labs with people over 60

Artistic research – The empathic body


As part of the multi-year artistic stage, outreach and research project The Empathic Body by choreographer Silke Z. and the ensemble DIE METABOLISTEN, four dance – labs for the generation over 60 will be offered in 2021 with the title THE DISTANT BODY.

The effects of the Corona pandemic, especially the distance regulations have changed the (performance) world. The use of Zoom etc. to “work further” in art assigns a new meaning to the body and the question of distance. Especially for the older generation, the awareness of distance has changed. What does distance mean today? Distance from one’s own body? What effects does distance have on movement? How do these developments affect relationships? What does social distancing mean in life, in old age and in a stage context?

In the laboratory situations, the participants research these questions in solos, duos and groups together with the choreographer and selected ensemble members for a week and bring the results to the stage of the ehrenfeldstudios in a final performance.

***In addition to the lab weeks, rehearsal and performance visits are planned as part of the ensemble’s artistic productions***


March 15 to March 20 2021

Participation is free of charge. No previous experience is required for participation.


Silke Z.

c/o ehrenfeldstudios

Wissmannstrasse 38

50823 Cologne

0221 222 666 3


The project is funded by the Cultural Office of the City of Cologne, the Förderfonds Kultur und Alter of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia with the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (stage and research), Fonds Darstellende Künste (stage) and the Rheinenergie Stiftung Kultur (mediation). In cooperation with the theatre and media class of the Albertus Magnus Gymnasium, Cologne, Junges Schauspielhaus Bochum and Fokus Tanz, Munich.





Photo: © Claudia Grünig

Info (only german) on our workshops, labs, and outreach formats:

NOV 2020 | WE | The Empathic Body Vol. 1

NOV 2020 | WE | The Empathic Body Vol. 1

The Empathic Body Vol. 1
WE | 2021

Theaterrevier (Zeche Eins),
Prinz-Regent-Straße 50-60, 44795 Bochum
November 2021

Sa.,  06  | 7:30 pm
So.,  07  |    6 pm
Mo., 08 |  10 am

ehrenfeldstudios, Köln
November  2021

11th | 10 am – performance for schools
12th |  10 am – performance for schools
13th |  4 pm – performance for families
14th |  4 pm – performance for families


We are emotional.
We are resilient.
We are dependent.
We are loving.
We are uncertain.
We are envious, assaulting, grateful.
We are strange – tender – ignorant – freaky.
We are diverse.

Man as a social being has the ability to empathize with others, to put himself in their place, to take the place of the other. Can we not do otherwise? “We” transfers the natural forms of emotional contagion into dance-choreographic settings. The performers take a tightrope walk between attraction and aversion, affection and assault.
Silke Z.’ Ensemble DIE METABOLISTEN negotiates in “we” about empathy and faces the invasive, encroaching side of empathy. This first production of the project “DER EMPATHISCHE KÖRPER” lays the foundation for a perennial examination of the topic “empathy”. The intergenerational company is looking for new performative perspectives to approach the complex of themes and cultivate “we” feelings.


“The encounter with artists changes because it confronts the students with different ways of working. At the core of every work of art the question arises as to the method with which it was created. This opens up new horizons for pupils in a world that threatens to perish due to its “neglect of prosperity”. ”(Thomas Linden, Choices)

Magazin O-Tone Köln:


Further dates – Live:

Sun, May 9 I 7pm
Mon/Tue, May 10/11 I 10am (school performance)


Kammerspiele (Junges Schauspielhaus Bochum)
Königsallee 15
44789 Bochum


Artistic direction and choreography | Silke Z.

Performance | Daniela Riebesam, Vivien Kovarbasic, Caroline Simon, Florian Patschovsky, Dennis Schmitz, Angus Balbernie, Bettina Muckenhaupt, Jimin Seo, David Winking, Lisa Kirsch, Karel Vanek, Rebecca Bednarzyk, Hanna Held

Music composition | Nikolaj Grunwald, André Zimmermann

Lighting design | Wolfgang Pütz

Dramaturgy Consulting | Barbara Fuchs

Dance education | Andrea Marton, Caroline Simon

Administration/Management | Olivia Bott

Public Relations | Vinya Cameron

Press work | Kerstin Rosemann

Photo documentation | Jacqueline Stade

The overall concept is supported by the following partners:

Co-production: Fokus Tanz e.V. / Think Big! Festival Munich, Junges Schauspielhaus Bochum. Cooperation: Albertus-Magnus Gymnasium, Cologne, Ruhr University Bochum, German Sport University, Cologne, ehrenfeldstudios e.V.

Funded by the State of NRW as part of the 3-year concept funding and the City of Cologne as part of the multi-year project funding.



DEC 2019 | the others

DEC 2019 | the others


THE OTHERS (DIE ANDEREN), Dance performance by Silke Z. & die Metabolisten

Digitalization and networking in our societies make us think of an apparently direct, immediate proximity. But the supposed abolition of distance does not create more closeness but destroys it. Real closeness to others is becoming increasingly difficult. In order to create closeness, the other must first be identified benevolently. And diversity must be allowed to endure. Processes of rapprochement, however, are increasingly giving way to a growing lack of distance. Identity-less pseudo-equality that remains meaningless.
So who are: THE OTHERS?

Silke Z.’s new dance performance DIE ANDEREN negotiates with the intergenerational ensemble DIE METABOLISTEN the phenomena of proximity and distance in a powerful associative way. Tableaux Vivants emerge in an escalating physical mixture, catapulting us – sometimes desolate, sometimes ordered – into a rollercoaster ride of emotions.

Premiere on December 6th 2019


PLAY! WILDwest Festival 2021 – digital

Alles könnte anders sein_#Empathie

Funded by: Land NRW

In Cooperation with: kubia

Premiere: 2019 | December

Artistic direction | Silke Z. Co-Director | Angus Balbernie Assistant | Meike Kattwinkel Performance | Angus Balbernie, Malina Hoffmann, Lisa Kirsch, Abine Leao Ka, Bettina Muckenhaupt, Florian Patschovsky, Caroline Simon, Alice Smith, Charles Ripley, Karel Vanek Lighting Design | Garlef Keßler Sound Design | Andre Zimmermann Text and Creative Management | Andreas Richartz Photo/Design | Stefan Henaku-Grabski PR | Konfetti Design

In cooperation with Angus Balbernie, … [Silke Z.] … developed this evening. The Others is the title of their play, that will captivate the audience in an entertaining hour. … Meanwhile, a touching final picture emerges on the stage. And if one sprinkled snow over it, it would be the perfect Christmas story. But it shouldn’t be so much emotion after all. It’s also enough to get the audience to enthusiastic applause. Silke Z. presented a piece that deals with the topic of closeness without sentimentality, but with wit and original ideas. One can look forward to the coming year when Silke Z. will tell us what the emphatic body is all about.

Michael Zerban (O-Ton, Düsseldorf)

Foto: @JacQue Photography