Production Details / Press Releases
Felix Mathias Ott’s new piece is more than just a recount of ‘The Iliad’ by Homer: Three men are controlling the plot with archaic force and energy, creating Trojan spaces. A choreography of constructing and destroying turns into suggestive imagery and an acoustic and visual landscape, that entices the spectators to face their own desires. Collage-like ‘A Iliad’ is wandering from the current stage to the ancient polity and back to the present, which is unmasked due to its invisible games.
“Topos (place) seems to be something mighty and difficult to grasp” Aristoteles
The work of Felix Mathias Ott tends to create reflexive more than conceptual spaces where the spectator is invited to discover the and his/her unconscious world, to call for his own creativity in order to recreate one world with the fragments that the surrealistic writing of the artist proposes to him. Within this, Felix Mathias Ott wants to create a silent dive from reality into fiction, which wishes to contrast our contemporary ways to receive information and get influenced allover with screamed out manipulative slogans. He claims for collaborative processes where different media and approaches are put in dialogue not in a logic of decorative addition but in one of permanent differentiation.
Born in 1983, Felix Mathias Ott is mainly a dancer and choreographer in the field of contemporary performing arts who works between Paris and Berlin. His father, a German actor gave him very early a huge interest for theatre that Felix embodied first by studying stage design. He came back later to his performative roots within a study in Contemporary dance, Context, Choreography at HZT Berlin in Cooperation with UdK und Ernst Busch Hochschule in Berlin. Since then he works as a stage designer, video artist, interpret (dancing/acting), author and choreographer all over Europe for his own creations or with artists like Mathilde Monnier, Boris Charmatz, Björn Melhus, Krzysztof Warlikowski, Yves Noel Genod, Clement Layes, Maud le Pladec, Djego Agullo among others.
Maik Riebort has studied dance in Bergen (Norway) and worked in Berlin as performer, teacher and theatre director. He teaches at UDK/HZT Berlin, Tanzfabrik Berlin, and has worked with Tino Sehgal, Ismael Ivo, Ingo Reulecke. Maik has already realized his own creations in Berlin. www.maikriebort.de
Ante Pavic is a dancer and performer. He studied contemporary dance, ballett, flamenco and alexander technique at Folkwang Hochschule für Tanz in Essen. He collaborated with Keren Cytter, Volker März, Tino Sehgal and Elena Alonso. Ante teaches at schools in the frame of the TanzZeit Programm in Berlin.
Cast & Credits
A performance by Felix Mathias Ott
Artistic consulting: Helga Wretman
Sound: Alex Kassian
Light design: Martin Pilz
Performer: Ante Pavic, Maik Riebort
Production management: Inge Zysk
Special thanks to Falko Purner
Sponsoring: Holzposling, Baubühne GmbH
Production: Felix Mathias Ott
Coproduction: Tanzfabrik Berlin, Student Center Zagreb (University of Zagreb) – Culture of Change, MCA Amiens
Funded by the Haupstadtkulturfonds Berlin
Supported by apap – Performing Europe 2011-2016
Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding
The video documentation is produced by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):