downhill downriver downtown
Site specific – dance performance tours in cities and nature. With a proactive public that moves along, these performance tours lead over hills, along rivers, through buildings and streets. Throughout this walks we test locomotion strategies and instincts of humans and animals and make them tangible. By making the path to our destination, we expose and explore the ‘condition humaine’. We guide you through the cities and nature while you take the role of both: audience as well as active companion. We guarantee: change of perspective!
downhill downriver downtown
idea: Andrea Boll & Melissa Ellberger
concept: Andrea Boll
track-concept: Andrea Boll & Frank Kauffmann
dancers, tour-guides, locomotion-sequence-instructors since 2015: Andrea Boll, Ivan Blagajcevic, Chris de Feyter, Diane Gemsch, Emilia Giudicelli, Berit Jentzsch, Jeanne Lehnherr, Dina Sennhauser, Debi Rush, Federica Normanno, Benji Sunrajo, Paulien Truijen, Mohamed Y. Shika and company TeKi TeKua
Video & Foto: Peter Kadar
Foto: Pierro Weber
Kanton Zürich Fachstelle Kultur, Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Migros Kulturprozent, Stadt Zürich Kultur, Zürich tanzt, halle.li, crowdfunding
performance tour through public spaces, industrial areas, architectural spaces, rivers, lakes, sea
In the downtown-tour the dancers change brusquely from a prehistoric tribe into obsessive-compulsive city-neurots and vice a versa and expose the state of being of people on the move. Decontextualized actions uncover interpretation patterns. How does perception affect our inner and outer world? When and why do we react, act, look the other way, run away, even attack, pass by, stop, move on? Together with the dancers and in constant locomotion the audience takes the asphalt under the feet, choses viewpoints and makes path-breaking decisions. We guarantee: change of perspective!
The company can define the start and ending points of the trace and the included locations in collaboration with the organizer / festival or upon their own research in the town / place were the tour is taking place.
Der Spaziergang durch Zuerich hat mich tief berührt, eben weil es ist was es ist. Die Tänzerinnen, die Umgebung, die Zuschauer, die Texte der Bücher, die spielenden Kinder auf dem Spielplatz… alles wird zur Bühne und alles wird Tanz.
“Es war schön, inspirierend und eben… es berührt etwas in mir was ich nicht oft erlebe, etwas was ich nicht in Worte fassen kann… und auch nicht mehr in Worte fassen will.
Ich werde die Agenda im Auge behalten und hoffe ich kann wieder einmal dabei sein bei einem nächsten Projekt.” (Adriana Schmid, Theaterpädagogin NL/CH)
In the downriver – tour a prehistoric tribe or maybe lost party-birds find themselves trapped on a island, lost in the river, looking for food, looking for love, fighting against the stream, walking on a stoney path, trying the impossible. After all they give up, give in and go with the flow.
The company can define the start and ending points of the trace and the included locations in collaboration with the organizer / festival or upon their own research in the town or place were the tour is taking place.
Walking up and falling down, again and again. They could be friends or lovers or brothers and sisters. They keep getting up and keep on going. Carry, push and pull each other. An extreme physicality manifests itself by the fact that they never give up.
The carry drag, confront each other and walk up and fall down.
“We must imagine Sisyphus as a happy person.”
– Albert Camus
The company can define the start and ending points of the trace and the included locations in collaboration with the organizer / festival or upon their own research
in the town or place were the tour is taking place.