Florentina Holzinger / Festival New Europe. Queer Gaze

Suitable for audiences 18+ Viewer discretion is advised: The performance contains scenes of nudity, self-harm acts, and stroboscopic effects.

Adults only Play duration: 2 hours 10 minutes Tickets: 50, 35 PLN
Naked women on the motocycle

Suitable for audiences 18+ Viewer discretion is advised: The performance contains scenes of nudity, self-harm acts, and stroboscopic effects.

Adults only Play duration: 2 hours 10 minutes Tickets: 50, 35 PLN

A ballet class under Beatrice Schönherr direction, the first ballerina to dance Le Sacre de Printemps naked (John Neumeier's Le Sacre, 1972), provides the framework of Florentina Holzinger’s TANZ. The performers undergo rigorous training in "action ballet", the so-called "sylphic studies". In collective rituals, they learn to master their bodies and minds, and they acquire supernatural powers, such as flying. A quest for perfection in an ephemeral world, during which the gross is transformed into the sublime. In an operatic setting, brutal parodies of sensationalist images emerge, as seen in ballet, comedy and pornography. The gaze regime finds reflection in the character of a porn producer who documents the performance. With a cast of women between the ages of twenty and eighty, all of whom have different backgrounds in dance, TANZ raises the question of the legacy of dance. How can the cult of beauty inherent in this tradition be reconciled?

TANZ is the third part of Florentina Holzinger's trilogy Recovery, Apollon and TANZ. This trilogy investigates how the body is cultivated, shaped and transformed through different physical disciplines.

Florentina Holzinger (b. 1986, Vienna) is a choreographer who consciously plays with the shifting boundaries between high culture and entertainment. In her works, she explores different modes of female representation and questions the full potential of female physicality. From 2021 until 2026, she is an associated artist of the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin. 

photo: Eva Würdinger

In cooperation with


Concept / Performance / Choreography: Florentina Holzinger
Performance by and with: Renée Copraij, Beatrice Cordua, Evelyn Frantti, Lucifire, Annina Machaz, Netti Nüganen, Suzn Pasyon, Laura Stokes, Veronica Thompson, Lydia Darling
Video design: Josefin Arnell
Live camera: Josefin Arnell, Jessyca R. Hauser
Sound design / Live sound: Stefan Schneider
Light design / Technical director: Anne Meeussen
Stage design: Nikola Knezevic
Stage assistant: Camilla Smolders
Technical assistant: Koen Vanneste
Dramaturgy: Renée Copraij, Sara Ostertag
Coaching: Ghani Minne, Dave Tusk
Music coach: Almut Lustig
Outside eye: Michele Rizzo, Fernando Belfiore
Theory and research: Anna Leon
Costume advisor / tailor: Mael Blau
Prosthetic and Mask: Students of Wigs, Make-up and Special Make-up Effects for Stage and Screen - Theaterakademie August Everding Munich, Marianne Meinl
Stunt support: Haeger Stunt & Wireworks
Stunt instructors: Stunt Cloud GmbH (Leo Plank, Phong Giang, Sandra Barger)
Management: Something Great (Berlin - DE) & DANSCO (Amsterdam - NL)
International distribution: Something Great (Berlin - DE)
Production: Spirit
Executive Production: Laura Andreß
Financial administration: Julia Haas/SMART (Vienna - AT)
Co-produced by: Tanzquartier Wien (Vienna - AT), Spring Festival (Utrecht - NL), Theatre Rotterdam (Rotterdam - NL), Mousonturm (Frankfurt - DE), Arsenic (Lausanne - CH), Münchner Kammerspiele (Munich - DE), Take Me Somewhere Festival (Glasgow - UK), Beursschouwburg (Brussels, BE) deSingel (Antwerp - BE), Sophiensaele (Berlin - DE), Frascati Productions (Amsterdam -NL), Theater im Pumpenhaus (Muenster - DE), asphalt Festival (Düsseldorf - DE)

Supported by O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo), Fondation LUMA (Arles) und De Châtel Award (NL).
Thanks to CAMPO Gent, ImPuls- Tanz, Eva Beresin, Stefanie Leitner, Tanz-Archiv MUK Wien, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie
Funded by the Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien (AT), the Bundeskanzleramt für Kunst und Kultur, the Performing Arts Fund (NL) und Norma Fonds (NL)

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