PREMIERE: Körpertreffer // CocoonDance // 7/9/19 // Staatstheater Darmstadt

PREMIERE: Körpertreffer // CocoonDance // 7/9/19 // Staatstheater Darmstadt

“A cosmos of faces.”

Dancers of the CocoonDance Company embark on an interdisciplinary journey together with actors of the Darmstädter Ensemble. While CocoonDance had always covered the face in their plays, the cooperation with the acting ensemble in KÖRPERTREFFER now brings it into focus: What if the face no longer plays the leading role of human identity in times of virtual reality and “fake news” at the latest?

If the distinctions traditionally negotiated on the face, such as outside and inside, natural and artificial, norm and deviation, man and monster, were exceeded. In their study “Mille Plateaux”, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari speak of the face as a “horror story”, indeed even describe it as “the inhuman in man”, and go on to explain: if man exists, he must escape the face, the future of the face would only lie in its dissolution. CocoonDance tries nothing less than this in KÖRPERTREFFER.

In the interplay of different media, bodies, language and digital means, the artists jointly develop diverse, posthuman forms of perception: A “cosmos of faces” emerges.

Supported by the Double Pass Fund of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes, the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Federal City of Bonn and the RheinEnergieStiftung Kultur

KÖRPERTREFFER is initiated and supported in the “Doppelpass” fund, with which the Federal Cultural Foundation supports cooperation between independent groups and permanent dance and theatre houses for productions and guest performances. The aim of the fund is to encourage the independent scene and theatre institutions in Germany to try out new, tourable forms of cooperation and artistic production.