Premiere: Kollektiv ZOO // ZOO JUTSU – Edition Dusseldorf // 16.11.2023 // tanzhaus nrw Dusseldorf

Premiere: Kollektiv ZOO // ZOO JUTSU – Edition Dusseldorf // 16.11.2023 // tanzhaus nrw Dusseldorf


Inspired by Playfight* and the Playfight community, Kollektiv ZOO and Düsseldorf-based players develop a format between performance and game, searching for new shapes of dialogue, opening a forum of physical speaking. Movement practices such as fighting, playing, and skirmishing transport the group into an adventuresome and body-based communication far beyond spoken language. As a utopian space wherein issues, discourse, and facts are negotiated on a physical plane, the tanzhaus nrw Foyer will be transformed into a temporary skirmish arena that opens up as a learning facility and a blueprint for social dialogue, compromise, and dispute for the audience during the performances. The players who, for several weeks, collaborated with Kollektiv ZOO on the format, will compete in the Playfight* skirmish arena as fictitious characters in the game ZOO JUTSU – EDITION DÜSSELDORF.

The format confronts players and audience with physical boundaries in a playful way, putting the manglers into a body dialogue that blurs physical conditions and self-conceived rules with many variations. What moves this physical dialogue? What knowledge do we scrutinise? What rehearsed mindsets and which opinions will be wagered?

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