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Theater is clearly a matter of opinion for the audience. In My Body is Your Body, however, the company Overhead Project explores the role of the viewer in a very unusual way. For this, choreographer Tim Behren has built a viewing arena that, through its bifrontal arrangement, lends new meaning to the visual axes, the symmetries and the spectatorship.
My Body is Your Body confronts the audience with their role as spectators and playfully questions our view of bodies and gender-specific behavior. One sits across from the other, observes the other and at the same time is exposed to his or her gaze. In the space between, three unequal performers determine the direction of the gaze, reflecting, mirroring, shifting and reversing it. They stand above each other, among each other, for each other, in front of each other, at a considerable distance. The performativity of bodies, hierarchies in human communication and the fragile balance between care and clarity, are constantly renegotiated within the performance.
(c) Andre Wirsing
Artistic direction, choreography Tim Behren Performance Mijin Kim, Maiol Pruna Soler, Franceso Germini Creation Mijin Kim, Leon Börgens, Leonardo García Training, Outside Eye Patricia Carolin Mai, Susanne Schneider Philosophical accompaniment Eric Eggert Dramaturgical accompaniment: Mirjam Hildbrand Light & stage design, visual dramaturgy Charlotte Ducousso Sound composition, musical dramaturgy Simon Bauer Costume design Monika Odenthal
Funded by the special program #Gastspiel NRW 2022 of the nrw landesbuero tanz as well as within the framework of NEUSTART KULTUR in the program #TakeHeart | Wiederaufnahmeförderung 2022 of the Fonds Darstellende Künste.
Funded by City of Cologne, Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW (Ministry of Culture and Science of NRW), Kunststiftung NRW, RheinEnergieStiftung Kultur, Fonds Darstellende Künste
With the friendly support of ehrenfeldstudios e.V., Maschinenhaus Essen, Hessisches Staatsballett / Staatstheater Darmstadt – Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, C.IN.E Sineu / Mallorca, Zircus Paletti Mannheim
Overhead Project stands for performances between contemporary circus and dance – two languages that allow different perspectives on the human body and a multidimensional approach to space and architecture.The company, directed by choreographer and circus artist Tim Behren, evolved from an intense acrobatic duo work with (former) co-founder Florian Patschovsky. Today, the artistic core team consists of composer Simon Bauer, visual artist Charlotte Ducousso, performer Mijin Kim and other long-time performers and experts from various fields.
Numerous productions and several guest choreographies for city theaters with large ensembles have been created. The company has received several (inter)national awards and choreography prizes for its works, most recently the Tabori Award 2022 from the Fonds Darstellende Künste.
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Performance in Mannheim supported by NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ - STEPPING OUT, gefördert von der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Rahmen der Initiative NEUSTART KULTUR. Hilfsprogramm Tanz.