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Recording: 2023-01-27 , Uferstudios (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Zufit Simon

Radical Cheerleading


Production Details / Press Releases

In recent major conflicts within capitalist democracies, dance has taken a firm place as a form of demonstration. Be it the “Standing Man” in Gezi Park, yoga sessions during Occupy or the dancers of the Egyptian National Ballet, dance expression has always proven to be an effective means of peaceful protest. “Embodied protest” and “protest choreographies” have therefore long been part of a new self-image of contemporary dance practitioners.

Radical cheerleading is one of these forms of expression, used in a variety of contexts. It was developed by queer-feminist activists in the 1990s. Radical cheerleading uses cheerleading, which is counted as a sport, and tries to soften its gender roles. To do so, it uses its codes and subverts them to convey its own messages. The combination of slogans and movement, as well as rhythmically chanted texts in connection with popular dance forms are used as dance language in this production: “Rah, Rah, Radical”.


TFB Nr. 1728

Cast & Credits

Artistic direction / choreography: Zufit Simon
Dance and creation: Dorota Michalak, Erika Leo, Sunayana Shetty, Cary Shiu, Zufit Simon
Sound: Fredrik Olofsson
Lighting design: JOM
Costume design: Mirella Oestreicher
Production management: Dietrich Oberländer
Press: Beate Zeller
Thanks to Moritz Gagern.

The production is funded by the Kulturreferat der LH München and Stiftung Niedersachsen.
The research phase was supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK – STEPPING OUT, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the initiative NEUSTART KULTUR. Hilfsprogramm Tanz.
The research was also funded by the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR.
With the kind support of Uferstudios and DOCK 11, Berlin.
Zufit Simon is a member of Tanztendenz Munich e.V.


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13357 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)

Zufit Simon / Trailers and Video Documentations

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