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COBRA BLONDE crosses an apparent boundary between two worlds of expression that rarely touch: traditional German guard dancing and contemporary art. At the core of choreographer Reut Shemesh’s trespassing is the manifestation of gender roles and female representation during traditional carnival festivities. Between the prevalent approach in contemporary dance to emphasize the individuality and the power of community from which the dance guard draws, an unusual aesthetic emerges, as well as a political forcefield. With COBRA BLONDE, Reut Shemesh directs the gaze onto a desire for representation of an authentic identity – if such a thing can even exist. The process started in 2018 as a research project under the working title WITNESS, by an invitation of tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf.
About Reut Shemesh
Reut Shemesh, born and raised in Israel, works in the field of contemporary dance, poetry and experimental film. She received her BA from the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem (NL), and holds a Master’s in Media and Fine Art from the Kunsthochschule für Medien (KHM) in Cologne (DE). Her works were exhibited and performed at tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf, Kampnagel Hamburg, Tanzhaus Zürich, Suzanne Dellal Center Tel-Aviv, the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Theatre Lab NYC and the Korzo Theater in Den Haag. She was a guest lecturer for the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Universität zu Köln, Hochschule Düsseldorf (HSD) and the Zentrum für Zeitgenössischen Tanz in Cologne (ZZT), which presented a showing with students in 2021. In 2016, her piece LEVIAH won the Cologne Dance Theatre Prize.
Choreography, Research, Concept, Photography Reut Shemesh Choreography Reut Shemesh in collaboration with Ulla Gerling Artistic Assistance Ele Rose-Krosch Dance Lisa Aydin, Laura Bremicker, Katharina Brink, Constanze Fischer, Claudia Hinkel, Carmen Meier, Ele Rose-Krosch, Emily Rose, Sarah Pullich, Janina Schentek, Franziska Simandi Music Simon Bauer Stage, Light Ronni Shendar Dramaturgy Matthias Quabbe Concept Development Daniel Rademacher Management Sabina Stücker Financial Dramaturgy Béla Bisom Production Sabina Stücker
A production by Reut Shemesh, co-produced by tanzhaus nrw and Theater im Pumpenhaus Münster, in cooperation with the Tanzgarde der Karnevalsfreunde der katholischen Jugend Düsseldorf, supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia within the framework of conceptual support and top-level funding, Kulturamt der Stadt Köln, Kunststiftung NRW, Fonds Darstellende Künste, KunstSalon Stiftung / Step Up. Supported by iDAS NRW and TanzFaktur Köln.
Duration 55 minutes
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The program UND JETZT? is funded in the impulse program "Kunst trotz Abstand" of the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg.