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6 & 7.10.23 | 120’ | 18+

A Divine Comedy

Florentina Holzinger


Friday 06 October 2023 20:00
Saturday 07 October 2023 20:00
⚠ Show contains explicit scenes of violence, self-mutilation and nudity, performers smoke cigarettes on stage, and a stroboscope is used.

In choreographer Florentina Holzinger’s performance A Divine Comedy, the Viennese enfant terrible catapults Italian poet Dante’s eponymous work into the present, creating heaven and hell, here and now. Performance art, cabinet of curiosities or perilous stunt show?

Blurring the distinctions so deeply rooted in our culture, she brings to the stage an all-female cast of actresses, dancers and stunt performers of all ages to explore dance as preparation for your own mortality.

Holzinger raises the burning question of what spirituality is possible in the 21st century, in relentless dance theatre with an in-your-face production that’s as disconcerting as it is provocative and at the same time hilarious.

Concept and Direction: Florentina Holzinger
Performance and Choreography: Foxxy Angel, Amanda Bailey, Linda Blomqvist, Renée Copraij, Beatrice Cordua, Paige A. Flash, Alba Gentili-Tedeschi, Noam Gorbat, Ria Higler, Florentina Holzinger, Susanne Jablonski, Steffi Laier, Elise Ludinard, Annina Machaz, Courtney May Robertson, Audrey Merilus, Xana Novais, Maja Osojnik, Annabel Reid, Bärbel Schwarz, Miranda van Kuilenburg, Anna Tierney, Linnéa Tullius, Isabelle Volckaert
Composition & Sound design: Maja Osojnik, Stefan Schneider
Scenography: Nikola Knežević
Dramaturgy: Renée Copraij, Sara Ostertag
Dramaturgy RT: Sara Abbasi
Dramarurgy Staatstheater Kassel: Dirk Baumann
Real choreography: Ty Boomershine
Light design: Anne Meeussen, Max Kraußmüller
Video design: Noam Gorbat
Technical direction: Anne Meeussen, Stephan Werner
Stage technician/ hoists operator: Dörte WilFroth
Stage assistance: Camilla Smolders, Nicole Marianna Wytyczak
Music coach: Almut Lustig
Stunt coordination: Stunt - Factory, Leo Plank (Haeger Stunt & Wireworks)
Hurdle training: Valerie Kleiser, Ulrike Kleinschmidt
Taxidermy coach: Lydia Mäder
Wood sports coach: Josef Laier
Outside eye: Fernando Belfiore

Production management: Ricardo Frayha|Production intern Kassel: Lisa Birkenbach|Management and International distribution: Katharina Wallisch & Giulia Messia – neon lobster|A commission by Ruhrtriennale.|Produced by Something Great, Spirit, Ruhrtriennale and|Staatstheater Kassel.|In co-production with Tanzquartier Wien, Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz Berlin, deSingel, Theater Freiburg and Julidans.|Funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes and Cultural Department of the City of Vienna|With Friendly support of Rudolf Augstein Stiftung, Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria, documenta Halle (Kassel), Montévidéo (Marseille).|Thanks to Uwe Leifheit, Impulstanz Vienna