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“Wonderwomen” invites the two female professional bodybuilders Rosie Harte and Nathalie Schmidt to meet in a performance context. They contemplate their highly demanding sport that amplifies and transforms the body. While striving for an ultimate physical form, the women navigate their profoundly trained bodies and the potential for a new body language. “Wonderwomen” is a dialogue that brings together strength and vulnerablility, representation and transformation, athleticism and femininity.
The Australian choreographer Melanie Lane studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Based in Europe since 2000 Lane worked with artists such as Arco Renz | Kobalt Works, Club Guy and Roni, and Tino Seghal performing internationally. With Belgian dance company Kobalt Works, she collaborated on projects in Belgium, Norway, Germany and Indonesia. As a choreographer Melanie has developed a repertory of works performing at international festivals and theatres such as HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Tanz im August, Taipei International Arts Festival, Uzes Danse Festival, Schauspielhaus Leipzig, O Espaco do Tempo Portugal, Festival Antigel Geneva, Dance Massive, Spring Dance Festival and Arts House Melbourne. Her collaborative work extends to artists such as musician Clark, choreographer Morgan Belenguer, and visual artists Martin Böttger, Ash Keating and Bridie Lunney. Melanie Lane was appointed resident director at Lucy Guerin Inc. in 2015. In 2016 she developed the piece “Remake” in the frame of Next Move 9 at Chunky Move Studios.
Rosanna Harte, born in 1982 in the UK, completed a BA (Hons) Degree at UCLA in Theatre Practice and Contemporary Dance. During her time in college she began to work as a professional singer in a very successful cabaret show that led her to perform at events such as the Commonwealth Games Opening ceremony and the Galpharm Rugby stadium for the opening act. Towards the end of her degree in 2005 she started focusing on fitness and strength training to increase her dance skills and ability, which led her to transition into a career as a competitive athlete and fitness coach. Still, performance work has continued as a main aspect of the work she‘s done since 2008 to the present combining a career in fitness in addition to being a Dance and Drama teacher for Stage Coach, State High Schools and Special Needs Pupils. Rosie has competed at over 18 Bodybuilding events, including “Ms Olympia” in Las Vegas and won the Rookie of the year award.
Nathalie Schmidt, born 1969 in Düsseldorf, lives in Chemnitz and works as a nutritionist and trainings coach. She competes in bodybuilding contests since 2002 and participates as a pro since 2011. Her greatest successes are three time German champion, the silver medalist at the World Championships 2005, the Bronze medalist Arnold Classic 2001, being the winner of the Pro Mozolani 2014 and being participant of the Ms. Olympia 2014. Since 2016 Nathalie participates in TV shows such as “Mieten, Kaufen, Wohnen“ and “Ninja Warrior Germany“. Since June 2016 she is part of Hinrich Horstkotte’s staging of Puccini’s “Turandot“ at the opera Chemnitz. Schmidt is currently the promotional face of the Otto trading company’s customer service.
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TFB Nr. 1051
Cast & Credits
Concept and direction: Melanie Lane
Choreography: Melanie Lane with Rosie Harte and Natalie Schmidt
Performance: Rosie Harte, Natalie Schmidt
Lightdesign: Fabian Bleisch
Setdesign and costume design: Robert Bartholot
Dramaturgy: Frances d‘Ath
Choreographic assistance: Florian Bücking
Production management: M.i.C.A.
Production: Melanie Lane
Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, LOFFT – DAS THEATER (Leipzig)
Funded by Stadt Leipzig, Kulturamt and NATIONALE PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) Koproduktionsförderung Tanz aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien aufgrund eines Beschlusses des Deutschen Bundestages.
HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1)
Tickets: +49 (0)30 259 004 27
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):
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)