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DANCE-/VIDEOPRODUCTION

bodyRealities

Germany / Sri Lanka

DATES

Debut Performance
15th September 2017

The body is a living sign of its culture as well as its local and architectural habitat.

bodyRealities
In its dance and video art production bodyRealities, the DIN A 13 dance company examines the impact that places, landscapes, and locations of personal experience have on individual body memories and how these spaces are reflected in physical movement.

Together with film authors Miriam Jakobs and Gerhard Schick, choreographer Gerda König leaves the purely physical realm of unscathed or scathed bodies to trace these contexts: in the jungle of Sri Lanka - paradise and war zone in one - and in a Buddhist temple - a symbol of spirituality, but also of the political ploys of the monks during the fairly recent 30-year civil war in Sri Lanka.

As the places in Sri Lanka differ tremendously, so do the biographies and bodies of the performers. The classically trained dancer Mahesh experienced the organized resistance first hand, whereas Pushpa joined the civil war as a soldier at the age of 19.

PRESSESSTIMMEN

Im Herzen von Accra

Kölnische Rundschau
13. Oktober 2017, Thomas Linden

Einen Streifzug durch Accras Stra0ßen und Strände bietet Gerda Königs neue Choreographie. Ghanas Hauptstadt steht im Zentrum der "CityCodes", dem zweiten Teil einer Serie von Tanzproduktionen, mit dem Titel "BodyRealities". Sie zeigt Tänzer, die körperlichgehandicapt sind, aber gerade aus dieser Tatsache neue un eigene Bewegungsformen (…)

Kölnische Rundschau
© Meyer Originals
© Meyer Originals
© Isuru Perera
© Isuru Perera
© Isuru Perera

COOPERATION

DIN A 13 tanzcompany commissioned by VisAbility e.V., in partnership with Tanzfaktur Köln, the Meranga Fine Arts Ensemble and the Korea International Accessible Dance Festival Kiada.

CREDITS

Artistic Direction & Choreography: Gerda König
Dancer: Mahesh Umagiliya, Saman Pushpa Kumara
Film: Miriam Jakobs, Gerhard Schick
Co-Choreography:​ Gitta Roser (Outdoor-Performance)

Music: Chinthaka Jayakodi
Costumes: Mahesh Umagiliya
Lighting: Gerd Weidig
Video technology: Gonzalo Rodriguez (Stage), ​Jürgen Salzmann (Outdoor-Performance)

PR: mechtild tellmann kulturmanagement
Graphic and Design: Bernd Hartwig
Production management: Anika Bendel
Production assistent: Sarah Mitter (Outdoor-Performance)

SUPPORTED BY

  • Landschaftsverband Rheinland
  • Ministerium für Familie
  • Stadt Köln Kulturamt
  • Schmitz Stiftungen
  • Kämpgen Stiftung
  • Kunststiftung NRW
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