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.
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.
20. - 22.08.2021
3. - 5.09.2021 & 10. - 12.09.2021
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.
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.
9. - 16.12.2021
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
#ShowMeYourMoves! creates performance opportunities, connects and inspires dance creators in Southern Germany to bring their work together on stage. The performance platform aims to create an exchange between dance lovers and dance creators through shared performance experiences.
We would like to use #ShowMeYourMoves! to showcase dance of all styles and from diverse artistic backgrounds. Five 15-minute dance performances were shown, independently created by the participants.
Tina Halford (GER) from Freiburg: "My blue is your green".
Raphaëlle Polidor (FRA) from Ulm: "Home?"
Jonas Frey (GER) from Mannheim: "Signature Snippets"
Natalie Bury (SUI) from Munich: "Fucking Beautiful".
Alina Belyagina (supported by the city of Munich) and Anima Henn (DEU): "Firebot".
Photo: Benjamin Krauss
For three years, Edan Gorlicki and his team have been examining how our society deals with traumatic experiences. In IMPACT, the first part of the trilogy, five dancers go to the epicenter of the event. Without merely retelling an event, the piece explores how the body reacts when catastrophe happens out of nowhere: How do people comprehend the sudden change and how do they respond? What mechanisms lead to flight, defense or rigidity? How does the experience of time change when the body takes control? How free is the human being to respond?
Concept/Choreography and Stage: Edan Gorlicki
Co-developed and performed by: Alfonso Fernández Sánchez, Amy Josh, Eli Cohen, Lorenzo Ponteprimo, TingAn Ying
Costume and choreographic assistence: Evandro Pedroni
Light: Ingo Jooß
Music: Harrison McClary
Dramaturgy and Building-Actions Program: Eva-Maria Steinel
Production management: Janin Friese
Management: Sarah Thöle
Fundraising: Susanne Brauer
Social Media & PR: Jael Krämer
Touring Management: Ricarda Walter
Production: INTER-ACTIONS in co-production with Theater Rampe Stuttgart and Karlstorbahnhof Heidelberg.
12. - 20.06
A new and transformed embrace of virtuality and reality through dance.
In 2021, choreographer Pablo Sansalvador collaborated with international artists to create a live performance with music composed especially for this project. The goal was the symbiosis of exciting technological possibilities and the freedom of modern dance art. For 2022, the team aims to redefine the boundaries of augmented reality and live dance, creating an enhanced and extraordinary experience for the audience: Tanz mit dem Tiger 2.0.
The audience will experience a new combination of dance art and new technologies (motion capture technology). Using a tablet, the audience will see both the two live dancers and the four digital choreographers - from Brazil, Hong Kong and the USA - in the form of their transformed avatars.
Artistic director / choreography: Pablo Sansalvador
Music and sound composition: Max Levy
3D Digital Animator: Guido Stuch, Sabin Timalsena
Software developer and programmer: Alpay Artun
Production management: Raphaëlle Polidor
Dramaturg: Sandra Schumacher
Live dancers: Claire De Caluwe (Amsterdam) Miguel Toros (Saabrücken)
Distant Digital Dance Makers: Claudia Mwabasili & Roges Doglas (Sao Paolo), Zelia ZZ Tan (Hong Kong), Kelsey Paschich (Michigan)
Supported by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg.
Produced by TanzLabor Ulm and ROXY Ulm with digital realization by Widerstand und Söhne GmbH and appearance by Forever. Design office.
What would have happened if Adam and Eve had been different people?
EDEN is a multidisciplinary movement piece that combines dance, music, voice work and poetry with a strong physical and visual approach.
The work deals with the always relevant questions of freedom and humanity, but also with the fantasy of another beginning, not as a new beginning, but conceived as a hypothesis about other possibilities and choices.
According to the Swiss philosopher Emil Angehrn, the beginning can be experienced in three different ways:
As the opening of a free space.
As the release of possibilities.
As the installation of a ruling power.
EDEN is an intellectual experiment that discusses the heterogeneity of the raised questions and reflects the tension that is inherent in reference to the origin as a whole - which can be experienced and grasped by means of bodies in space and thus collectively shared and carried forward.
Concept and choreography: Julia Maria Koch
Dance and creation: Romane Petit, Camille Jackson, Yadira Rodríguez, Erick Odriozola, Fabio Calvisi
Music/ Composition: Konstantin Heuer, Thorolf Thuestad
Co-composition, performance, voice and text work: Alwynne Pritchard
Lighting design: Torsten Lippstock
Costume: Julia Maria Koch with design work and friendly support of Studio DRKRM and daijanala, Berlin
Tailor: Ibrahim Biawa
Special thanks to Bine Eberhardt.
EDEN was created as part of the TanzLabor ResearchLab and is a joint co-production with E-Werk and Tanz-Netz Freiburg. The performance had its premiere at the Ulm Moves! Dance Festival.
The performance platform was presented for the second time at the Ulm Moves! Festival. Once again, a variety of different dance styles were featured, both by regional and international artists.
Idea, Concept, Choreography, Performance: Rosalie Wanka (Munich/GER)
Choreography: Nikolaos Doede (USA)
Dancers: Terra Kell and Gabriela Finardi from Staatstheater Augsburg
Credo und Crucifixus (excerpts from "Messa di Gloria")
Choreography: Reiner Feistel (GER)
Dance Company: Theater Ulm
Dancers: Seungah Park, Alba Pérez González
Music: Giacomo Puccini
Costume: Petra Mollerus, Frank Fellmann
Choreography / Performance: Sade Mamedova (Mannheim/GER)
Solo Performance by Sade Mamedova
Very tiny little drop of wax.
Choreography: Mei Chen (CHN) and Yannis Brissot (FRA)
Dancers: Mei Chen and Yannis Brissot from Theater Pforzheim
KYRIE (excerpt from "Messa di Gloria")
Choreography: Reiner Feistel (GER)
Dance Company: Theater Ulm
Dancers: Carmen Vázquez Marfil, Magnum Phillipy, Alekseij Canepa, Gabriel Mathéo Bellucci, Alba Pérez González, Nora Paneva, Seungah Park Maya Mayzel, Edoardo Dalfoco Neviani
Solo: Alekseij Canepa
Music: Giacomo Puccini
Costume: Petra Mollérus
Photo: Ella Teubner
„Ode an die Dinge“ shapes the field of cultural education, learning, perceiving, experiencing and experiencing together with our kids outside the usual school environment.
With a lot of dedication dance is taught in a playful way and can be experienced in the following workshop. With their unique performance-workshop combination, the two dancers Laura Saumweber and Paula Niehoff open up new possibilities for children in the field of contemporary dance and take us on a dance journey through strange absurdities.
The stage is constantly redesigned with and through many objects, becoming a wonderland, living room or the purest chaos. So it never gets boring!
The educational experience in "Ode to Things" is thus up close, immediate and low-threshold.
Idea, choreography and dance: Laura Saumweber & Paula Niehoff
This event was exclusively aimed at school classes.
URBAN CREATION is a dance project with the goal to strengthen the urban arts, to contribute more diversity in the stage context and to promote and demand theater for the use of ALL in Baden-Württemberg.
The project is created as a co-production between the informal production organization CBO (Creative Beings Organizm) and the socio-cultural center ROXY Ulm.
Together with fourteen urban dance artists, the team, consisting of the producer and artistic director Daniela Rodriguez Romero, the choreographers Jean Didier "Sponkystyle" Mamona and Saraï Patisson, will develop a stage play on the theme of creativity culture.
Creative Leaders: Jean Didier Sponkystyle Mamona & Saraï Patisson
Creators: Donya Ahmadifar, David MR. Quick Kwiek, Annalisa Capriotti, Philipp Itz me Raiß, Maren Funky Mae Wittig, Rymon Rayboom Zacharei, Lydia Ladi Dadi Tesfai, Kevin Garro, Veronika Vikki Kalembach, Luisa Möller, Emilie Pesch, Jamie Chris Stachl, Yasin Demir, Levy Elasu
Music Producer: Ferdinand Feierabend
DJ & MC: Jamiere Purple Suggar Carr
Stage Design: Daniela Rodriguez Romero & Marcos Espíndola Rieger
Costume Design: Annalisa Capriotti & Bob Sizoo
Production office: CBO Creative Beings Organizm
Daniela Rodriguez Romero (Production management)
Laila Grillo (Production management)
Emilie Pesch (Public Relations)
Erdem Tikil (Communication design)
Coproducer: ROXY Ulm
Cooperation partner: Tanzlabor Ulm
Photographer: Joachim Manuel Riederer
Videographer: Erdem Tikil
Supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK - STEPPING OUT, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR. Support Program Dance.
Moorbadstuben Hotel Bad Buchau
LUNCA Kreativräume & LOFT Stuttgart
Ulm City Graffiti
It is the external aspect that often deviates from reality - the gap between appearance and reality.
In our modern society, for many, appearance seems to take precedence over being - appearing better than you really are. The new digital age has amplified the phenomenon. This leads to the fact that we invest an incredible amount of time and energy to realize our idea of ourselves. This behavior happens unconsciously as the culture and environment focuses on the authenticity of the individual. The individual feels tempted to rely on role models and falls for the world of beautiful appearances as they are presented to them.
Artistic directors and choreographers: Clément Bugnon & Matthias Kass
Dancers: Rosalia Pace, Pauline Richard, Manolo Perazzi, Stefano Roveda, Mattia Saracino, Tommaso Quartani
Composer: Michio Woirgardt
Set & costume designer: Katharina Andes
Producer: company Idem
Co-producer: Théâtre Benno Besson - Yverdon-les-Bains
company Idem is artist in residence at Théâtre Benno Besson (2022/25).
Supporters and sponsors
Canton of Vaud, the cities of Yverdon-les-Bains and Sainte-Croix, Lotterie Romande, CEPY Foundation, Corymbo Foundation, Migros Kulturprozent, Ernst Göhner Foundation, LeZartiCirque and Phönix Theater Steckborn am Untersee.
15. - 19.10.2022
The 4th edition of ChoreoLab is titled PLAY! inspired by Albert Einstein's quote "Play is the highest form of research". The three internationally acclaimed and emerging choreographers Simone Elliott (USA), Ester Guntin (ESP) and Giovanni Insaudo (ITA) created an energetic and playful evening of dance and take up the challenge to create three new works with four international dancers - all under the motto PLAY! Through play we reveal what kind of people we really are. A stimulating performance that also motivated the audience to play.
Artistic direction: Pablo Sansalvador
Choreographers: Simone Elliott (USA), Ester Guntin (ESP) and Giovanni Insaudo (ITA)
Rehearsal direction: Mar Rodríguez Valverde
Production management: Steffi Bichweiler
Dancers: Gloria Garcia Garrido (ESP), Enrique Lopez Flores (ESP), Shih-Ping Lin (TWN), Giulia Pizzuto (ITA)