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Recording: 2009-01-14 , Ballhaus Ost (Video © Walter Bickmann)


Hotel Hassler

Ballhaus Ost

Production Details / Press Releases

In Hotel Hassler three performers open up a space in which possibilities of action – reaction, activity – passivity are explored by absurd body concatenations. Cruelty and empathy, hierarchies and perspectives chang in a moving image of violence. Hotel Hassler wishes you a pleasant stay!

WILHELM GROENER work with the materiality of the body. Thus, from the sober worker to the sacrificial image, they represent human representation and how human bodies are evaded. This has its fun and fright. A highlight of the festival. Katja Schneider, South German Newspaper

WILHELM GROENER’s play is less of a choreography than fine art with the help of the best-commanded dancers […] Eva-Maria Magel, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung

As dance art and contemporary dance dance lustfully a bizarre tango. Malve Gradinger, Munich Mercury

In the beginning, it is like a gag, but gradually develops a closed world with its own laws and communication rules […] Michaela Schlagenwerth, Berliner Zeitung

Ulrich Huhn studied modern theater at the Rotterdamse Dansacademie in the Netherlands. He then worked as a freelance dancer in various dance and opera productions in Amsterdam. He was a permanent ensemble member of NEUER TANZ / VA Wölfl in Düsseldorf. In Berlin he works with Rheinhild Hoffmann, Hanna Hegenscheidt and WILHELM GROENER. He is currently studying social and economic communication at the UdK Berlin and is also a member of the artists’ pool of “TanzZeit”, a time for dance in schools.

Assaf Hochman, born in Israel, studied theater at the Fine Arts and Design College in Haifa, studied dance at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen and was a member of the NEUER TANZ / VA Wölfl group in Düsseldorf. Since 2003 he has been living in Berlin, where he mainly works as a freelance performer. Studied architecture at the TU Berlin and was an intern at STADLER PRENN Architects. He has been involved in various dance, theater, performance and film installation projects (including THE CHITTENDANS and Audimax / Volksbühne Manifestation / Catherine Sullivan, DEAD SEAT # 2 / Big Art Group, sections, TEXTUR, Hotel Hassler and Paravent Privè / WILHELM GROENER, The Mirror / Keren Cytter, CHEAP BLACKY / CHEAP and Bruce LaBruce and PEACHES DOES HERSELF / PEACHES).

Since 2001 the artist Mariola Groener and dancer choreographer Günther Wilhelm have been combining their names and arts with their alter ego WILHELM GROENER.

Günther Wilhelm, who grew up in Munich, studied Butoh, classical and modern dance in Munich and Berlin. He was a long time member of VA Wölfls NEUER TANZ in Düsseldorf and worked among other things. With Dumb Type and Anna Huber. He was a scholarship holder of the Stiftung Kulturfonds and received the Berlin dance scholarship.

Mariola Groener, born in Zabrze (Poland), grew up in Munich. She studied photography and video at the HdK Berlin and at the UGH Essen / Folkwang. She is a winner of the competition The Great Still Picture NRW. In addition to her co-activity as WILHELM GROENER, she continues to work as a freelance artist and performs her work at home and abroad. She is also co-founder of the project and exhibition space “foreverandadayBüro”.

Since the founding of WILHELM GROENER, in addition to your ongoing performance 33 SCIENCES, more than a dozen joint pieces have been performed in Berlin at venues such as HAU, Sophiensaele, Ballhaus Ost, Haus der Berliner Festspiele and Uferstudios. With your pieces of procedure used, Paravent privé and Hotel Hassler you were invited to the TANZPLATTORM 2002, 2006 and 2010.

Cast & Credits

Concept: Mariola Groener, Günther Wilhelm
Performers: Assaf Hochman, Ulrich Huhn, Günther Wilhelm
Technical Director / Light: Benjamin Schälike
Sound: TiTo
Press and public relations: Björn Pätz & Björn Frers – björn & björn
Thanks to: Ben Cottrell, Karsten Fielitz, Christoph Freyer, Ulrich Huhn, Beatriz Jaschinski, Johanna Peine, Ana Rocha, Peter Stamer, Alexiou Telémachos, TiTo, the entire team of shore studios,
Café Pförtner and all the accompanying and sponsors of WILHELM GROENER.
Funded by the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Cultural Affairs.

World premiere: 31.10.2008, i-camp / Neues Theater Munich, DANCE 2008
Berlin premiere: 04.12.2008 TANZNACHT BERLIN
A production by WILHELM GREONER in co-production with DANCE 2008.
Funded by the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Cultural Affairs and Fonds Darstellende Künste e. V.

Ballhaus Ost

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D-10437 Berlin

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