May 20 + May 21 | 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Livestream with Overhead Project: Circular Vertigo

May 20 + May 21 | 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Photo: Ingo Solms

Livestream Performance
Access: Digital
Admission: 8/15 EUR  
Focus: Dance and circus
Age recommendation: From 12 years

The dancer Mijin Kim enters into a tense encounter with a 100kg pommel horse hanging from the ceiling. In the duet, a delicate coexistence develops between the two. With a posthumanist wink, traditional human-object relationships are shaken up: a wild round of possibilities, playful approaches, joint reeling and unimagined flights of fancy emerge. The pommel horse is borrowed from its context and swings through the air in a circle. It is an unusual arrangement that refers to the classical circus as a phenomenon of popular culture and brings to light a historical detail: the circus, which emerged from 18th-century horsemanship, opened up the possibility for some women as artists on horseback – some of them celebrated like stars – to find a place far away from classical family roles. In “Circular Vertigo”, the center of the circle is playfully occupied by a rigid-looking object. Once set in vibration, it physically dominates the circle on the one hand, but at the same time reminds us of the possibility of stepping outside. In this way, the piece reflects a social space that, with a view to the questions of equal creative freedom and self-determination beyond established gender roles, is always characterized by negotiation processes and power relations. The festival program also includes the documentary “About Overhead Project”, which provides an insight into the artistic working methods of the company.

Artistic direction, choreography Tim Behren | Performance, creation, research Mijin Kim | Performance, research Hrista Panayotova | Research, outside eye, training Breno Caetano | Sound composition, musical dramaturgy Simon Bauer | Lighting, costume, and stage design Charlotte Ducousso | Production management Lena Peters | PR, management mechtild tellmann kulturmanagement | Supported by Reload grant from the German Federal Cultural Foundation. The Federal Cultural Foundation is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a resolution of the German Bundestag | Supported by NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETZ- STEPPING OUT, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR initiative, dance aid program; Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia; Cultural Office of the City of Cologne | In co-production with Ringlokschuppen Ruhr, Mülheim | In partnership with TPZAK – Circus and Artistic Center, Cologne