WITH US. Karel (65) meets David (25) and Hanna (28)
Guest performance in Vilnius, Lithuania
In WITH US, the three dancing bodies of different ages become landscapes that are relentlessly open and surveyed with a radical eye for all details in order to uncover the information they harbour. WITH US vividly shows how the bodies and the landmarks attached to them provide information about their owners without being asked and divide them into categories such as disabled, old, privileged. Characteristics such as skin colour, wrinkles, scars, facial features, pigmentation or hair structure become landmarks on the map of social standardisation.
The dance and performative measurement takes place between two generations that rarely encounter each other so directly and physically. WITH US creates an intergenerational questioning and encounter in which eye level and categories such as age, disability and skin colour are negotiated. Prejudices, privileges and visibility are negotiated through play and reflected with great political relevance.
WITH US is an intergenerational dance performance with three dancers of the ensemble die metabolisten by choreographer Silke Z. The performance is based on two duos (“WITH US. Karel meets David” and “WITH US. Karel meets Hanna”), which were created in 2022 and 2023 as part of the guest performance series DIVERSITY and were further developed and elaborated into a full-length piece.
CREDITS / CAST / FUNDING
Artistic direction: Silke Z.
Dance: Karel Vaněk, David Winking, Hanna Held
Lighting design: Garlef Keßler
Sound design: Liam Giles
Management: Carina Graf, Hanna Held
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.