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Recording: 2016-10-01 , DOCK 11 (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Mathis Kleinschnittger

„Grrr, I‘m dancing“ – Universe of a dancing bear


Production Details / Press Releases

In this Solo I’m dealing with the dancing bear as a symbol for the loss of liberty and the repression of wildness. The dancing bear is a tamed wild animal, full of terrifying power. He got robbed of his liberty and its wildness got turned into foolish dances. But can it ever be tamed fully? Is it ever becoming a harmless cuddly bear? I use the image of the dancing bear as a metaphor for my life, my work, my experiences. How much am I forced to do things, I didn’t chose myself? How much am I caught in systems, I didn’t decide for? And are the things, I’m obliged to do, producing only agony or can they also provide joy? In the Solo I try to face this ambivalence. Furthermore I’m strongly interested in the power and potential I can find inside of the dancing bear.

Mathis Kleinschnittger studied contemporary and classical dance at the university for performing arts in Frankfurt/Main as well as cultural studies in Potsdam. He lives and works in Berlin and the choreographers and directors he worked with lately were Isabelle Schad, Jessica Huber, Armin Petras, Philipp Saire among others. Besides his work as performer he also assists and teaches for creations of other artists. Since 2012 he developes his own choreographic work und was part of the PAP-Mentoring-program Berlin.

Cast & Credits

Choreography / Performance: Mathis Kleinschnittger
Dramaturgy advisor: Jessica Huber
Light / Tech: Yina Mora, Asier Solana
Thanks to: Jessica Huber, Karoline Kähler, Maria Walser, Mimi Jeong, Julian Brun, Benjamin Dittrich, Anne Deuter, Kerstin Ahlrichs, Team DOCK 11, Theaterhaus Mitte, Kathrin Müller, Sara Franke, Matthias Herzfeld , Breg Horemans, Simone Detig, Christian Schwaan, Mirjana Vrbaski, Asier Solana, Yina Mora
Support: DOCK 11, Künstlerhaus Lukas (funded by Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
Funded by the Senate Chancellery for Cultural Affairs Berlin.


Kastanienallee 79
10435 Berlin



Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. 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):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

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