You are here

Humans beings have always produced maps in order to chart unknown territory, to familiarize themselves with it, make it accessible. Maps bring order to the chaos of vast space. In You are here dancer and choreographer Antje Velsinger takes cartography as a starting point for dance and transforms the stage into a surveyed landscape. The space thus becomes a place of constant change in which the performer and the spectators are transformed into points on the maps and parts of the landscapes being produced. New perspectives open up, new bodies and possibilities to orientate oneself are created by the aesthetic experience of gaining and losing orientation on a constantly changing map.


The measuring of the human being

The opening image shows the solo dancer in uniform-like costume and athletic shoes on a stage defined by projected networks of light. One is reminded of the Vitruvian Man, but in an awkward way: When Leonardo drew his man in a square and circle, he was still making man the measure of all things, after all. (…) Strange that “you are here” is so enthralling. Yes, it is rich in content and has “something to say“. However, the great liberation from representation does not take place. But the “mapped” body impressively asserts itself against its instrumentalisation by taking it to an extreme.

Frankfurter Neue Presse, Nov 30, 2013




Concept, Choreography, Dance: Antje Velsinger * Music, Composition: Miki Yui * Set, Costumes: Janina Arendt * Dramaturgy: Sören Siebel * Costumes: Svea Kossack, Janina Arendt * Production Management: ehrliche arbeit – freelance office for culture * Production: Antje Velsinger * Co-produced by: Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, C60 Collaboratorium für kulturelle Praxis Bochum, ArtBlau Tanzwerkstatt Braunschweig.

Funded by the City of Frankfurt am Main, Department for Culture and Science. Made possible by the NATIONALE PERFORMANCE NETWORK (NPN).