Tenacity of Space

Part of “OUT OF NOW / DANCE ON Festival”


English /  70 min.

“Dance is my form of political activism. It is not how I dance or why I dance. It is that I dance.” (Deborah Hay)

Tenacity of Space, Deborah Hay’s demanding work for the DANCE ON ENSEMBLE, is a reaction to the disempowering world conditions of the past year and represents a catastrophic loss of learned dance behaviour. Rather than rely on their physical bodies and what they can do, the DANCE ON quintet was encouraged to relentlessly notice everything in their visual field to support their moving bodies. “Immensity is within ourselves. It is attached to a sort of expansion of being that life curbs and caution arrests…” (Gaston Bachelard, Poetics of Space).


Choreography & Direction: Deborah Hay / Artistic collaboration: Jeanine Durning und Ros Warby / In collaboration with: Ty Boomershine, Amancio Gonzalez, Brit Rodemund, Christopher Roman und Jone San Martin / Lighting Design: Tanja Rühl / Composition & Live-Electronics: Mattef Kuhlmey / Costume Design: Judith Adam / Tailoring and Costume-Making: Sophia Piepenbrock-Saitz / With: Ty Boomershine, Jeanine Durning, Brit Rodemund, Christopher Roman, Jone San Martin


  • Past
    Fri 2.3.2018, 20:30 / HAU2


Production: DANCE ON/DIEHL+RITTER. Co-production: tanzhaus nrw, ADC-Association Danse Contemporaine Genève. Supported by the NPN Coproduction. Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a decision made by the German Bundestag. Premiere: 24March 2017, tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf.

DANCE ON is an initative of DIEHL+RITTER gUG, funded by The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union as part of DANCE ON, PASS ON, DREAM ON. The DANCE ON Festival is supported by the Capital Cultural Fund in cooperation with HAU Hebbel am Ufer.

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