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With “Perform!Antje Velsinger and Team approach the microcosm of high-performance sport in order to examine the fascination for performance and achievement. What is it that drives us? What motivates us to work on our ”selves“? What price are we willing to pay in order to constantly improve? And what remains after success or defeat?

Inspired by conversations with players from high-performance sport, they look back at their own situation. In a choreographic interplay of dance and drums, live generated soundscapes, found footage and poetic video im-ages we try to deal with the ambivalences of the performance-oriented society we live in.

On stage, an emotional roller coaster unfolds: bodies that dream of flying, endless cycles of training and competition, energy and (physical) attrition – always at the limit. ”You shouldn’t ask the system if you want to get out of it safely.“

Artistic director & Choreography: Antje Velsinger * Dance: Anne-Mareike Hess * Drums: Eva Klesse * Stage & Costume: Christin Vahl/ Valentina Primavera * Video: Ayla Pierrot Arendt * Sound: Julia Krause * Dramaturgy: Heike Bröckerhoff * Video-assistant: Francesca Bertin * Light: Jan Widmer * Production manager: Angela Köneke *

A production of Antje Velsinger in co-production with tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf. Funded by: Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg, Behörde für Kultur und Medien; Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW; NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste; Fonds Darstellende Künste aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien; Kulturamt der Stadt Köln. With the support of: Lichthof Theater Hamburg, tanzfaktur Köln.