Hey Körper?!

A piece for young audience

Growing out my research on body cartographies ( see the Atlas Project), Hey Körper?!  is an attempt to share this approach with kids and teenagers. The piece is  a kind of dance lecture, taking place mostly in classroom, mixing text, movement, sound, video and drawing to create a extroadinary “human biology classes”.

 A Production from explore dance – Netzwerk Tanz für junges Publikum
 Premiere on the 11th of July 2023 

It all begins like an usual anatomy lesson, traditional normative images are retrieved from the internet: Wikipedia shows us "what is a body?" And the question is asked “why do we only ever see the same kind body (mostly white-cis-athletic-healthy)? “ “who are the other bodies that are not visible?” How do these images influence our perception of the body?

Not only the questions of body representations and identities are addressed in the piece, but also the question of how a body is defined? Why are some body parts named and others not? Does the body end where the skin ends? What is a body if you look at it from another perspective than the anatomical one?

From a physical point of view, bodies are shapes with weight, mass and shadow. But we could also look at them as pieces of flesh, as celestial bodies, as usefull objects, or as geometric constructions. They are much more than just bones, muscles and skin. Bodies are also what we feel through them, and what we think about them, they carry our dreams, past and future. Bodies can be life-changing projects, imaginary beings, super heroes, political statements, declarations of love.

Hey Körper?! Takes the audience on a journey through all these different layers, asking the question “can our bodies be something else?”

Choreography, drawings and dance: Sahra Huby
Assistance and performance: Quindell Orton / Susanne Schneider 
Music: Maxim Kolomiiets
costumes: Louise Flanagan
Dramaturgy: Anna Konjetzky, Susanne Schneider
Outside Eye: Annette Geller
Mentor*in: Tanja Erhart

Lenght: 1hour
Langage: German  ( english and french versions are also available )

Eine Produktion Explore Dance
explore dance – Netzwerk Tanz für junges Publikum ist eine Kooperation von fabrik moves Potsdam, Fokus Tanz | Tanz und Schule e.V. München und K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg und HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste.
Gefördert durch TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien sowie die Behörde für Kultur und Medien der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg, das Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München und den Bayerischen Landesverband für zeitgenössischen Tanz aus Mitteln des Bayerischen Staatsministeriums für Unterricht und Kultus, sowie die Landeshauptstadt Potsdam und das Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur des Landes Brandenburg, das Sächsische Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst sowie der Landeshauptstadt Dresden. Mit freundlicher Unterstützung der ART MENTOR FOUNDATION LUCERNE.