VERSUCH ÜBER DAS TURNEN
02.11. 8.00 pm - 9.30 pm
03.11. 8.00 pm - 9.30 pm
Entrance € 15,00 | Reduced € 6,00
Premiere | artist talk after the performance on Nov 3
German with English supertitles
A history of German nationalism can be told based on the historic and contemporary practices and discourses of the German gymnastic movement – from army gymnastics in 1811 at Hasenheide to the stadium gala at the gymnastic festival in 2017 in Berlin under the motto: »How colorful is that?« VERSUCH ÜBER DAS TURNEN (»An Attempt via Gymnastics«) uses the choreographic vocabulary of the gymnastic movement for an exercise on the interconnection of body, community, and nation. A heterogeneous group of eight performers expose themselves to the history of gymnastics, join associations, learn the relevant gymnastic practices and thus become gymnasts themselves. The result of this process is a spectacle of imperfect bodies that uses the performance methods of the large gymnastic festivals. The Munich association HAUPTAKTION and its members Oliver Zahn, Hannah Saar, and Julian Warner could be seen recently at Münchner Kammerspiele in SITUATION MIT ZUSCHAUERN.
By and with Jonaid Khodabakhshi, Dennis Kopp, Quindell Orton, Jasmina Rezig, Hannah Saar, Isabel Schwenk, Julian Warner, Oliver Zahn Assistance Nele Hussmann
HAUPTAKTION is an association for artistic research formed around the producer Hannah Saar, the cultural anthropologist Julian Warner and the theatre maker Oliver Zahn. HAUPTAKTION studies theatrical practices using ethnography, archive-based-research and embodiment and has an output of texts, theatre, lectures. Theatre works include SITUATION WITH OUTSTRETCHED ARM (on the cultural history of the „Nazi salute“-gesture) and SITUATION WITH DOPPELGÄNGER (on minstrel dance, cultural appropriation and imitation). These pieces are theatrical essays, situated between choreography and historical study. They are being presented internationally. The name HAUPTAKTION is taken from the practice of German-speaking travelling theatres.
Production and realization
Production HAUPTAKTION Co-Production Münchner Kammerspiele, SPIELART Festival Munich, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Schwankhalle Bremen and Theater Rampe Stuttgart Funded by the City of Munich, the region of Upper Bavaria, Lotto-Sport-Stiftung Niedersachsen and TANZFONDS ERBE – an initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.