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!
the movie in Cinedans Festival 14-18 March 2018
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 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
bollwerkproduction bollwerk lets arise pieces and initiatives which grapple with the zeitgeist and the changing society and reflect within the artistic practice. Since 2015 bollwerk explores the potential of site-specific dance. In nature, in the public space and in buildings Andrea Boll, along with fellow artists and companions, conceives and opens up new dance traces and designs a dance idiom that receives the environment, opposes it, reflects it, complements and enriches it. Interpretation patterns are revealed and changed by dance statements.
“The body is used as a discursive operator and at the same time provides the basis for changes in identity constitution.”
performance tour through public spaces, industrial areas, architectural spaces, rivers, lakes, sea
In the downtown-tour the dancers change brusquely from the role of a prehistoric tribe who found shelter at a parking area into obsessive-compulsive city – neurots and vice a versa. Behavior in cities is compared with human and animalistic instincts, survival mechanisms and locomotion strategies. 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 view points and makes path-breaking decisions.
We guarantee: change of perspective!
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)
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.
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.