In the Weimar Republic, the spectrum of political attitudes was stretched out widely between communism, socialism, monarchism, capitalism, and fascism; the dances, rhythmic education and the so called »körperliche Ertüchtigung« (physical training) that emerged at that time were diverse, too, and were connected in the most varied ways with these social realities of life. It is said that Germany was a dancing nation, as the movements effectively encompass all different social classes and many dances reflected the deformation and damage of the First World War, as well as the resulting proximity to death and the urge to live. The works of the amateurs and professional dancers send strong impulses from the past into a torn present in which social antagonisms manifest themselves and controversial, but hardly stoppable upheavals, announce themselves.
In their first collaboration with the team of Gintersdorfer and Klaßen, the dancers of the Ballet of Difference take up pieces from dance history and find unpredictable connections that lead to their own movement combinations: The use of material, fashion, eroticism, reappraisal of exoticism, beauty, as well as competitive gymnastics versus collective and theme-focused dances, are keywords standing at the beginning of this work. Hans Unstern is building a new harp especially for this project.
On 27 February, GYMNASTICS now celebrates its digital live premiere on www.schauspiel.koeln