Florentina Holzinger & Vincent Riebeek / CAMPO: Schönheitsabend

Part of ARS17 programme

06.04.2017 - 07.04.2017

Thu 6.4. at 19:00
Fri 7.4.  at 19:00

In Schönheitsabend, Holzinger and Riebeek appropriate early 20th century orientalism, which permeates this performance about power relations, gender roles, violence and sex with madness, ecstasy and explicit eroticism.

For this performance, one point of departure was the 1910 ballet Shéhérazade and the desire of dance couples from the beginning of the 20th century to re-invent dance (and themselves) through exotic fictions. Also the personal life of the famous dancers from the ballet and modern dance tradition, think of (queer) dancing couples as Vaslav Nijinsky and Ida Rubinstein or Ted Shawn and Ruth St. Dénis triggered their imagination.

Schönheitsabend is a show in three parts, as the classic ballet tradition prescribes. The titles of these parts “Tänze des Lasters”, “Tänze des Grauens’ & “Tänze der Ekstase” (dances of vice, horror and ecstasy), are inspired by a collection of writings from the infamous dance couple Anita Berber and Sebastian Droste, who, like Vincent and Florentina, had been working on new concepts of beauty and imbued their performances with senses of madness, ecstasy and explicit eroticism. In the three acts of Holzinger and Riebeek’s performance romance, reality and dream succeed each other, looking for a balance.

Florentina Holzinger (Austria, 1986) studied choreography at the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. Her Diploma Solo work Silk got awarded the Prix Jardin d’Europe at the lmPulsTanz Festival 2012.

Vincent Riebeek (The Netherlands, 1988) first got first introduced to the international performance scene with his collaborator Florentina Holzinger. Since his graduation from SNDO in 2013, Vincent has been involved in several projects. Next to his work in theatre, there is also his work in galleries and exhibition spaces like the collaboration he initiated between a group of artist linked to Amsterdam called 4ULTIMATE.

Florentina Holzinger and Vincent Riebeek have been creating performances together for some years, resulting in two duets, Kein Applaus für Scheisse (2010) and Spirit (2012), and a group performance, Wellness (2013). Their paths separated for a short time (they both created a performance on their own), but now they unite again for a new duet: Schönheitsabend.

Recommended for adult audience.

By & with: Florentina Holzinger & Vincent Riebeek
Dramaturgy: Eike Wittrock
Costumes: Valerie Hellebaut
Graphic design back drop: Joeri Woudstra
Music & stage design: Vincent Riebeek
Outside eye:Renée Copraij
Technical: Anne Meeussen
Production: CAMPO Gent, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt/Main, Julius-Hans-Spiegel-Zentrum/Theater Freiburg
Co-production: Internationales Sommerfestival Hamburg, ImPulstanz Wien, Spring Utrecht, Sophiensaele Berlin
Suported by: Tanzfonds Erbe – an initiative of the Federal Cultural Foundation of Germany & BesteBuren

Duration: 1h 20min
Language: English
Recommended for adult audience.

Note! Strobe light is being used in the performance.