Production Details / Press Releases
There’s no business like show business. Melanie Jame Wolf and Teresa Vittucci explore the problems and pleasures of the question: What does it take to make a show great? Both known for their intense solo work and powerful stage presence, the two artists take a close look at popular entertainment, theater and the politics of spectacle, exploring the long-held trope of the double act: its tender intimacies, its power dynamics, but also the ways in which it is triangulated by its audience and by the stage space itself.
The performance invites us to critically and humorously question the tension between seeing and being seen, examining together the poetics and politics of the show as a complex cultural phenomenon.
MELANIE JAME WOLF is a Berlin-based visual artist and choreographer. She works solo and with friends, making interdisciplinary works about power, flows of capital and the pervasive phenomenon of “show business”. She explores these economies and entanglements in works for gallery, theater and screen spaces. She approaches installation and the moving image as an extended choreographic practice, using humor as a strategy for critical possibility and working with language in subliminal and surprising ways. Her first solo performance, Mira Fuchs, premiered at the 2015 Tanztage Berlin at Sophiensæle. Her recent works for the stage include TONIGHT (Sophiensæle, 2019) and SHOW BUSINESS (2021). Her recent solo exhibitions include Two Years Elapse Between the Third and Fourth Act at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin and The Creep at feldfünf, Berlin.
TERESA VITTUCI is a Vienna-born artist currently based in Zurich. Her practice is rooted in contemporary dance performance and explores feminist and queer perspectives on pop culture, history and religion. Bad jokes are always part of the process. She works as a solo artist and also collaborates with other artists such as Colin Self, Annina Machaz, Simone Aughterlony, Nils A. Lange, MJ Wolf, Michael Turinsky and Claire V. Sobottke. In 2019, Teresa received the Swiss Dance Award for the first part of her trilogy HATE, ME TENDER. From 2019-2022, she was a Young Associate Artist at Tanzhaus Zürich. She is currently busy touring and working on the completion of her trilogy, as well as working on other projects and guest lecturing at the art academies in Zurich and Bern.
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TFB Nr. 1752
Cast & Credits
CONCEPT, CREATIVE DIRECTION: Melanie Jame Wolf
TEXT, CHOREOGRAPHY, PERFORMANCE: Melanie Jame Wolf, Teresa Vittucci
COSTUME & STYLING: Evan Loxton
SET DESIGN: Camille Lacadee
SOUND DESIGN: Mars Dietz
LIGHT DESIGN: Thais Nepomuceno
ASSISTANT: Evan Loxton
DRAMATURGICAL SUPPORT: Sharon Smith
PRODUCTION: Magda Garlinska
TECHNICAL DIRECTION: Cathy Walsh
A production by Melanie Jame Wolf in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE and Theater Neumarkt.
Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
The video documentation is produced 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):