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Recording: 2020-03-08 , Sophiensæle (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Florentina Holzinger



Production Details / Press Releases

“Feminism, of course, has always been an exercise in science fiction.” – Laurie Penny

After Recovery and Apollon, TANZ forms the dizzying conclusion of Florentina Holzinger’s trilogy about the body as a spectacle. With a crew of dancers, betweenthe ages of 20 and 80, Holzinger explores physical discipline and the beauty cult of the dance tradition. The work, co-produced by Sophiensæle, was invited to this year’s Theatertreffen Berlin.

ATTENTION In some scenes self-harming acts are portrayed, which could have a disturbing effect on some viewers.

Statement by the Theatertreffen jury (excerpt) In TANZ Florentina Holzinger responds to images and fantasies that classical ballet has handed down over centuries. Among others, the dancer, performer and choreographer refers to La Sylphide by Filippo Taglioni. The sylphids (aerial spirits) do not hover over the ground in lace shoes, but rather spin round naked on motorcycles or fly through the rig-loft on broomsticks – and they even smoke! TANZ translates motifs from romantic ballets such as Swan Lake or Giselle into a plot reminiscent of Dario Argento’s horror film Suspiria: a ballet lesson that gets ominously out of hand. Holzinger’s […] performances carry the chutzpah of Viennese Actionism within them, but they celebrate even more subversive stage formats that understand the body as a spectacle and instrument of power: sideshows, stunts, martial arts.

FLORENTINA HOLZINGER, born 1986 in Austria, studied choreography at the SNDO Amsterdam. After graduating in 2011, Florentina Holzinger presented the solo Silk and received the Prix Jardin d’Europe at Impulstanz. Joint works with Vincent Riebeek such as Kein Applaus für Scheiße (2011), Spirit (2012) and Wellness (2013) attracted international attention. Their works are shown at numerous festivals and in production companies at home and abroad. At Sophiensæle she has also presented the first two parts of her trilogy in 2017: Recovery and Apollon.

[Quelle: Abendzettel]

TFB Nr. 1435

Cast & Credits

PERFORMANCE BY AND WITH: Renée Copraij, Beatrice Cordua, Evelyn Frantti, Lucifire, Annina Machaz, Netti Nüganen, Suzn Pasyon, Laura Stokes, Veronica Thompson, Lydia Darling
LIGHTDESIGN: Anne Meeussen
STAGEDESIGN: Nikola Knezevie
TECHNIQUE: Koen Vanneste
DRAMATURGY: Renée Copraij, Sara Ostertag
MUSIC-COACH: Almut Lustig
OUTSIDE EYE: Michele Rizzo, Fernando Belfiore
SUPPORT STUNTS: Haeger Stunt & Wireworks

A production by Florentina Holzinger in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE (realized with funds from the Theaterpreis des Bundes), Spirit and Tanzquartier Wien, Spring Festival, Productiehuis Theater Rotterdam, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Arsenic, Münchner Kammerspiele, Take Me Somewhere Festival, deSingel, Beursschouwburg, Frascati Productions, asphalt Festival and Theater im Pumpenhaus.
Funded by the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna, Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria, Performing Arts Fund NL and Norma fonds NL.
Supported by O Espaço do Tempo, Fondation LUMA, De Châtel Award and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport, Section IV – Arts and Culture.
With thanks to CAMPO, ImPulsTanz, Eva Beresin, Stefanie Leitner, Tanz-Archiv MUK Wien, Stimuleringsfonds Creative Industries, Mochi Catering and Andres Stirn.


Sophienstraße 18
10178 Berlin

Tickets: (030) 283 52 66

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)

Florentina Holzinger / Trailers and Video Documentations

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