Violence fascinates us all in a deeply and disturbing way. Hitting, cutting, ripping, shooting, chopping into pieces – all seem far closer to us than we would like to admit. The deformed fragmented body attracts our attention and repels it, captivates our empathy: cruel, beautiful.
In their choreography Violent Event ˟, Verena Billinger and Sebastian Schulz practice tactical ruthlessness and escalation. They oppose society’s claim to hold a monopoly on the moral mission of critical discourse and develop strategies with their five-person ensemble for examining their propensity towards violence. In doing so, they explore the paradox boundaries of mediated and staged violence and challenge the protected space of the theatre: How is a life possible that is always also already permeated by violence? How can the body be thrown into the battle without sacrificing it?
Concept, Choreography: Verena Billinger & Sebastian Schulz. By and with Patricia Gimeno, Challenge Gumbodete/Nicolas Niot, Frank Koenen, Sanna Lundström, Lea Martini. Light: Stine Hertel. Stage: Camilla Vetters. Music: Anton Kaun. Costumes: Charlotte Pistorius. Assistance: Melchior Hoffmann. Organisation: Alessia Neumann. Photography, Graphic Design: Florian Krauß; Production: Billinger & Schulz. Co-Production: Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt/Main, FFT Düsseldorf. Funded by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) Co-Production Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag, Cultural Affairs Düsseldorf, NRW Art Foundation, Ministry of Culture and Science North Rhine-Westphalia, Cultural Affairs Frankfurt/Main, Hessian Ministry for Science and the Arts.