Florentina Holzinger’s extraordinary dance theatre piece, which interrogates the legacies of classical ballet and imagines startling new high flying and witchy ways of female representation, takes over the Grand Hall. It should do so with swagger and be both spectacular and subversive in its celebration of the muscular and naked female form, at times wince-inducing circus-style physicality and its deconstruction of the fairy tale. First seen in Europe in 2019, and only belatedly making its overdue UK premiere, this is a show which redefines classical dance and trashes the idea of the dainty ballerina in her tutu. Prepare for a wild ride.
Defying genre and smashing gender clichés, ‘TANZ’ dissects traditional dance and theatre narratives. The performers undergo a rigorous “training in action” ballet, learning how to use their skills in a genre of spectacle to penetrate space and gain knowledge about flying. ‘TANZ’ takes early 19th century romantic ballet as a starting point. Using the frame of a ballet class guided by Beatrice Schoenherr, the first ballerina who danced the Sacre de Printemps naked. This spectacular performance incorporates dizzying acrobatics, muscular women’s bodies and martial art fight scenes. Age Recommendation: 18+