Contempo Dance Performance with Monika Gintersdorfer
Starts: Saturday, 13 December, 2014 07:00pm
Ends: Sunday, 14 December, 2014 07:00pm
Dec. 13 &14 (Sat. and Sun.), 7 pm, Goethe-Institut Ghana
Contempo Dance Performance with Monika Gintersdorfer from Berlin / Germany!
They will do a piece called: “Internationaler Strafgerichtshof” (International Criminal Court)
Coproduction: Theater Bremen
Kulturstiftung des Bundes (Doppelpass Gastspielförderung)
Profile Monika Gintersdorfer
‘We don’t do perfection,’ Monika Gintersdorfer stated in the foyer of Berlin’s Deutsches Theater. ‘There’s never a final script, no perfect length of a play. Our work changes with every new participant, each different venue. It’s never finished. It’s always a work-in-progress.’
In my books, film and internet work, I’ve always aspired to capture the moment. I write about people and places in transition, to catch hold of life’s fleeting moments and to preserve them on the page or screen. In that way I’m as much a chronicler as a creator, recording (and manipulating) the ephemeral so it will not be lost.
Monika Gintersdorfer – effervescent, dynamic, with long raven hair and 42 years old – is spurred on by a different purpose. As one of Germany’s most physical, border-skipping directors, her motivation is not to document alone, in the sense of repeating the original event – ‘that is bullshit for me’ – but rather to provoke and pose questions, then as soon as discovering an answer, to change the question so as to ask it in a different way, thereby creating something new over and over again.
Monika Gintersdorfer, born in Peru, studied German Literary Studies, as well as Theater, Film and Television Studies in Cologne and Drama Studies in Hamburg.
From 2000 to 2004 she directed several productions at the Hamburger Schauspielhaus, at the Muenchner Kammerspielen and at the Salzburger Festspiele. She is a founding member of the actionist artist group Rekolonisation and the director of the German and West-African theater/performance group Gintersdorfer/Klaßen, who has had productions at the Volksbühne Berlin, Kampnagel Hamburg, FFT Düsseldorf, sophiensaele Berlin, Schauspiel Köln, Ringlokschuppen Mühlheim and at the Deutsches Theater Berlin. Gintersdorfer/Klaßen often work with the KVS Brüssel in Kinshasa, in 2010 they organised the Festival „Rue Princesse“ in Abidjan, Berlin and Hamburg. In 2011 they toured West Africa with their production „Logobi“.
Their projects focus on the life strategies and forms of expression of the performer himself, trying to directly transport everyday life into the theater and the theater into everyday life. In a combination of movement, dance and text, with an on-stage translation, they let the political and personal realities of their performers – in Germany as well as in the Ivory Coast – collide, reaching a level cultural and artistic criticism that goes beyond the often idealized picture of an intercultural understanding among nations.
Gintersdorfer/Klaßen are artists in Residence at the Theater Bremen for the 2012/2013 season and the following 2013/2014 season, supported by the Fonds Doppelpass of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
Gintersdorfer/Klaßen have received several awards for their work, including: Impulse Festival 2009, George Tabori Förderpreis 2010, Dancecompany of the year 2010, Faustpreis for Best Dancer for Richard Siegal in Gintersdorfer/Klaßen „Logobi 05“.
The Goethe Bar & Grill will be open both evenings to offer a variety of Grilled food items, German beer and other beverages from 5:00pm