photography: Guido Stuch

The PerformanceLabs provide our audiences with an eclectic taste of dance from exciting local/global dance companies and choreographers.

The diverse curation of the PerformanceLab program will arouse and delight both new and established followers of dance. Be it TanzTheater, Breakdancing, Ballet, Improvisation or contemporary dance, the PerfromanceLab showcases and embodies the diversity of dance in all its beauty.


Upcoming Performances



PerformanceLab #1: Jasmine Ellis // Yotam Peled




The performance consists of the world premieres of two international dance projects created as part of two different ResearchLabs in 2021. The performances were presented in a livestream evening that included a dance film by Jasmine Ellis Projects and a live dance performance by Yoram Pellet & The Free Radicals.

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ONOMATOPOEIA by Jasmine Ellis

Dancers Adaya Berkovich and Woosang Jeon are on stage without an audience, trying to understand if what they are saying is being heard - or if the meaning of what they mean is being missed. A short furious dance film in a single take! (duration 10 minutes)
Choreography, Director: Jasmine Ellis
Dancers: Adaya Berkovich, Woosang Jeon
Dramaturg: Martina Missel
Cinematography: Ray Demski
Music: Anton Berman
Lighting: Svenja Zielenda
Production: Jasmine Ellis Projects / Bad Posture Productions / ROXY TanzLabor 2021


FAUNA FUTURA by Yotam Peled & The Free Radicals 

"Fauna Futura" shows the journey of five dancers in their bodies and the body of the land that asks them to forget, to surrender, to grow. As roots and branches, they travel together, expanding and climbing in different directions to merge by osmosis with the landscape into a new entity - the animal of the future. (Duration: approx. 35 minutes)
Choreography: Yotam Peled
Dancers: Hemda Ben Zvi, Amie-Blaire Chartier, Marie Hanna Klemm, Nitzan Moshe and Erin O'Reilly
Music: Nicolas Fehr
Lighting design: Hanna Kritten Tangsoo
Costume and set design: Moran Sanderovich
Dramaturgy: Valentin Vincent Braun 
Production management: Sofia Fantuzzi
Communication & Management: Laia Montoya / TINA Agency
Lighting technician: Patrick Rabus
Camera: Josef Sälzle, Andreas Usenbenz, Rob Stirner / Studio sechzehn
Production: Yotam Peled & The Free Radicals 

PerformanceLab #2: Helena Waldmann
23. - 25.07.2021
ROXY, Kornhausplatz, Weinhof



After what feels like an eternity of pandemic restrictions, Helena Waldmann is rebooting live culture with a truly untamed concept: Balagan!
Literally translated as "disorder", Balagan stands for the original folk theater: a stormy, wild fairground spectacle, wandering from city to city like the historical Commedia dell'arte.
For Helena Waldmann's pop-up festival for charioteers and all those who are part of it, short appearances on motorized cargo bikes were planned, among other things, which radiate a lot of sympathy, signal joy of life, and after which one turns with a grin - Piaggio Ape brand. They are vehicle, stage and throne at the same time.
Accompanying the 30-minute performance in public space runs the fantastic music of the Hamburg band MEUTE in the DJ set by Daniel Stenger - the whole thing was a fair, a festival of attitude, lively, colorful, emotional.
The BALAGAN! ensemble (local participants from Ulm)
Anna Nunnik
Antonia Hagen
Carla Schatz
Daria Schmid
Daria Unseld
Elisaveta Lerman
Furkan Cakamk
Jamie Stachl
Joanna Park
Karun Kohler
Katharina Hönes
Kevin Lopez
Laura Schacher
Luisa Adamo
Melanie Widmann
Philipp Raiß
Robert Vink
Sergej Kalyukh
Veronika Kalembach
Ape drivers:
Felix Krämer
Kiron Wagner
Lasse Riemhofer
Oguzhan Gürgen
Artistic director Tanzlabor Ulm: Pablo Sansalvador
Organisation of the local participants: Raphaelle Polidor 
Assistant director: Ruth Weigel
ROXY Production - On-Site Manager: Maren Donners
Technique: Daniel Stiller
Music: bensound.com
Video documentation: Rob Stirner
A production by Helena Waldmann www.helenawaldmann.com  and ecotopia dance productions www.ecotopiadance.com

PerformanceLab #3: Muñoz // Sansalvador // Noone // Goshen

20. - 22.08.2021

HIGHER! ChoreoLab – Made in Ulm


The ChoreoLab has assigned two choreographers from Ulm and two from Barcelona to investigate, reflect and question with their works what actually drives people to build always "higher"? Is it about power, prestige, status, identity or is it the human desire to unite and believe in something greater than ourselves? 
The dance evening consisted of four choreographies presented by four dancers. Two dancers are based in Germany, the other two in Spain. 
The "ChoreoLab - Made in Ulm" also started a cultural exchange between the cities of Ulm and Barcelona. As part of this exchange, the "ChoreoLab" evening "Higher!" was brought to Barcelona for a guest performance on September 18, 2021.
Choreographers: Paloma Muñoz, Pablo Sansalvador, Thomas Noone, and Smadar Goshen.  
Dancers: Tanit Cobas, Anna Raiola, Carlos Roncero, Adrian Ros 

PerformanceLab #4: Pablo Sansalvador

3. - 5.09.2021 & 10. - 12.09.2021

Dance with the Tiger

Artistic direction / Choreography: Pablo Sansalvador

"Dance with the Tiger" takes you into a world where augmented reality and dance merge into a performance experience. 
Three international "distant digital dance makers" - from Brazil, Hong Kong and the USA - develop and perform choreographies and transform them into augmented reality.  
The choreographer Pablo Sansalvador and two dancers created a live performance to music created especially for this project. The usual stage-audience distance is dissolved: up to ten people per performance can literally immerse themselves in the performance. With the help of tablets, the participants move in the space between the "digital dancers" in the form of their avatars and the real events.  
Artistic direction / Choreography: Pablo Sansalvador      
Music & Sound Composition: Max Levy      
3D Digital Animation: Guido Stuch     
Software development and code art: Alpay Artun      
Production Management: Raphaëlle Polidor     
Dramaturgy: Sandra Schumacher      
Live Dancers:in: Claire De Caluwe (Amsterdam), Miguel Toro (Saarbrücken)    
Distant Digital Dance Makers: Claudia Mwabasili & Roges Doglas (São Paulo), Zelia ZZ Tan (Hong Kong), Kelsey Paschich (Michigan)    
Duration: 40 minutes
This performance was also documented by RegioTV. You can find the report here.

PerformanceLab #5: Cia. Nadine Gerspacher


Non-upgraded existence


Cia. Nadine Gerspacher shows "Non-Upgraded Existence", the third and last part of her trilogy, which deals with digital technologies and their influence on humans. Inspired by the global mobilization of the young generation against the exploitation of ecological resources, the piece stages an end-time scenario that makes a return to basic human needs such as love, closeness and social interaction seem indispensable.
What is happiness and what makes us human? In her usual manner, Cia. Nadine Gerspacher stages a multimedia dance theater characterized by powerful dance and acrobatic elements.

PerformanceLab #6: Cia. Aina Lanas




MAWU brings femininity to the stage through the figure of six free and empowered women and their search for identity in the collective, in movement and in their ritual.



PerformanceLab #7: Sofia Nappi


Wabi-Sabi & REVA




Wabi-Sabi, originating from Japanese, is an aesthetic concept, a worldview that focuses on the acceptance of transitoriness, finding beauty in the "imperfect, impermanent and incomplete" of our lives. Wabi-Sabi explores our life journey as individuals, most of whom are in constant turmoil and various states of grief, and proposes a deeper understanding of our existence. Acceptance of the essence of our nature and the beauty found in its apparent imperfections brings constant growth, renewal and joy through the process of moving forward with it, not away from it.

Choreografie: Sofia Nappi
Tänzer:innen: Sofia Nappi, Adriano Popolo Rubbio, Paolo Piancastelli
Kostüme: Sofia Nappi
Lichtregie: Emiliano Minoccheri
Produktion: Sosta Palmizi mit KOMOCO / Sofia Nappi
With the support of New Master Ballet with the Municipality of Sestri Levante, KOMMTANZ/Passo Nord Residencies Abbondanza/Bertoni Company in collaboration with the Municipality of Rovereto.
Awards: Special mention for the 2020 Theodor Rawyler Prize.
Duration: 20 min. 


REVA, from Hindi: "to gather strength", "rain", asks the question: What if you woke up tomorrow and had nothing left of what we often take for granted in everyday life? Nowadays, we are often so conditioned by our interpretation of the past and our expectations of the future that we live in a constant survival mode, desperately trying to find meaning and purpose for our limited lives. If you suddenly found yourself naked with nothing to lose, you would probably instead join the universal dance of life and the unconditional love of the present moment. It's like getting caught in the rain: either you try in vain to run away from it and not get wet, or you stop and consciously choose to feel the rain and thus connect with the universe.

Choreography: Sofia Nappi
Dancers: Paolo Piancastelli
Costumes: Sofia Nappi
Lighting: Sofia Nappi 
Production: Sosta Palmizi with KOMOCO/ Sofia Nappi
Co-production: TanzLabor - ROXY Ulm
REVA was created in collaboration with dancer Paolo Piancastelli.
With the support of Opus Ballet, DeDa Productions, Teatro Affratellamento
Duration: 20 min.  
PerformanceLab #8: Pablo Sansalvador

9. - 16.12.2021



"The ten-minute installation asks viewers to look up and reflect on the blind encounters and constant shifting and negotiation of life that take place after dark. We are all part of something larger, yet only a small speck in time and space." - Pablo Sansalvador
Direction, concept and choreography in collaboration with the team: Pablo Sansalvador (New Zealand) - www.pablosansalvador.com 
Dancers: Einav Kringel (Israel) & Giordan Cruz (USA) 
Music: Ashley Wright (Australia) - www.ashleyalexandra.net 
Dramaturgical and choreographic assistance: Mar Rodriguez (Spanien) 
Camera: Andreas Usenbenz (Germany) - www.studiosechzehn.com 
Technical installation: Alexander Rehm (Germany) - www.audio-express.de
DUSK was supported in the Kultursommer 2021 program by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media (BKM) with funds from NEUSTART KULTUR.
PerformanceLab #9: company Idem & Moving Orchestra Freiburg


GESTIK & Stampede Disaster Control

By company Idem & Moving Orchestra Freiburg

This double feature dance performance was inspired by the DANCE DATE concept, a dating platform for contemporary dance initiated by TanzNetz and E-WERK Freiburg. The first piece "Gestik" was performed by company Idem, the second piece "Stampede Disaster Control" by Moving Orchestra from Freiburg.

company Idem: GESTIK

In this work, company Idem explores how gestures affect us emotionally. Corona's restriction of close contact and the wearing of masks has made us more aware of the importance of gestures. In a matter of seconds, we interpret gestures and are moved or "touched."

Gestures generate emotions, refer to the nature of relationships between people, and offer an infinite spectrum of communication possibilities. While upward facing palms symbolize openness, downward facing palms can be interpreted as dominance on the one hand, or have a calming effect on the other.... With walls that divide, exaggerated facial expressions and with explosive movements Company Idem choreographically interprets the social Covid19 situation.   

Choreography: Matthias Kass
Dancers: Matthias Kass & Rosalia Pace



Moving Orchestra Freiburg/ Michael Langenecker: Stampede Disaster Control

Originally, "stampedes" refer to the escape movement in a herd of animals, as well as the dynamics of crowds. Under the artistic direction of Michael Langeneckert, the dancers inspired by current events explore the effects of stampedes and are accompanied live by the musician Bernd Wegener. In the production, chaos is explored with the aim of finding a new order. What becomes visible when the obvious gives way to what lies hidden beneath the surface? Can these dynamics bring about positive developments?

Choreography: Michael Langeneckert
Dancers: Tina Halford, Raul Martinez, Robin Rohrmann, Rebecca Weingartner
Music: Bernd Wegener



Photo: Guido Stuch

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