Concept: Christoph Winkler
Production & Dramaturgy: ehrliche arbeit – freelance office for culture
By & with: Mercedes Appugliese, Emma Daniel, Shirna Eliaserov, Claire Vivianne Sobottke
Costumes: Lisa Kentner
Light & Tech: André Schulz
Co-produced by: Lofft- Das Theater, Leipzig.
In cooperation with: SOPHIENSÆLE Berlin, the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation.
Funded by: Hauptstadtkulturfonds and the City of Leipzig
Watch the RechtsRadikal Trailer: http://vimeo.com/65597852
Over the last few years, women have increasingly become active and visible in various right-wing movements. For a long time, they were merely treated as subordinate companions, as insignificant housewives and mothers. But today every fifth Neo-Nazi is female and every tenth radical right-wing offense is committed by a woman.
RechtsRadikal examines this development by exploring various forms of physical expression to communicate the extreme drama experienced by the radicalized right-wing female body. For right-wing ideology truly is extreme, leaving its mark both inside and out.
Christoph Winkler, born in Torgau/East Germany, was a multiple Spartakiad winner in the disciplines weight-lifting and judo and studied breakdance and martial arts, before being selected for classical ballet training as a teenager. After the fall of the wall, he danced in music videos for MTV, performed in underground techno clubs and studied choreography at the prestigious School for Drama Ernst Busch, as well as founding the music label Klangkrieg Productions for experimental music. After graduation in 1998, he began working as an independent choreographer in Berlin. His early work received much critical acclaim for its austere, radical and discursive minimalist style and was invited to numerous festivals such as the Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis and Impulstanz in Vienna. He was also invited to present his pieces at the German Dance Platform in 2002, 2004 and 2012. In 2006, his oeuvre branched out into several different directions, e.g. collaborations with various young hip-hop artists (Tales of the Funky – 2007, Saal A – 2008, Taste of Ra – 2009, Maldoror-Amped – 2011) and two pieces on the concept of performance itself and the contextualisation of dance (Posed – 2008, Eine Geschichte – 2009). In 2007, he founded BERLIN GOGOS – Agency for Contemporary GoGo Dancing as an ongoing analysis of the mechanisms of exploitation in contemporary dance. His most important aim is to explore topics through dance that directly pertain to the art form, but also in addition refer back to ongoing and current topics of discussion in society. Along these lines, he produced Dance! Copy!
Right? in 2012, followed by Rechtsradikal about the ring-wing female body and The True Face about global capitalism and arts activism worldwide (both in 2013). The solo Baader – A Choreography of Radicalisation (second part in the series Evil Bodies) has toured widely and dancer Martin Hansen was named Dancer of the Year 2012 for it by the German dance journal “tanz”.
The presentation of Rechts Radikal in Bucharest is supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag