Zweiter Versuch über das Turnen



German with English surtitles / 75 min.

The starting point for the work “Zweiter Versuch über das Turnen” is the supposed entanglement of Germany’s history as an imagined community with the history of gymnastics as a physical practice – from its origins in 1811 as military exercises in Neukölln’s Hasenheide to the Turnfest 2017 in Berlin with the motto “Wie bunt ist das denn!”. Based on this supposition, in the HAU co-production the group HAUPTAKTION has developed a piece about the connections between bodies, community and nation. In a self-experiment eight performers use the choreographic vocabulary of gymnastics and its presentation in synchronous gymnastic displays as the springboard to engage with the formation of German bodies, thus attempting to tell an alternative German history. The staging practices of large gymnastic tournaments are used to create an evening between lecture performance, contemporary dance and workout.


By and with: Oliver Zahn, HAUPTAKTION, Jonaid Khodabakhshi, Dennis Kopp, Quindell Orton, Jasmina Rezig, Hannah Saar, Isabel Schwenk, Julian Warner / Assistance and stage manager: Nele Hussmann / Dramaturgy: Josef Bairlein / Video: Nicole Wytyczak


  • Past
    Thu 26.4.2018, 19:00 / HAU3
    Fri 27.4.2018, 19:00 / HAU3
    Sat 28.4.2018, 19:00 / HAU3


Production: HAUPTAKTION. Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Münchner Kammerspiele, SPIELART München, Schwankhalle (Bremen), Theater Rampe (Stuttgart) and ARGEkultur Salzburg. In cooperation with Pavillon Hannover.

Funded by: Landeshauptstadt München, Bezirk Oberbayern, Lotto-Sport-Stiftung Niedersachsen und TANZFONDS ERBE – an initiative by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.


Tempelhofer Ufer 10, 10963 Berlin

Access by means of a stairwell (3rd floor). Use of lift possible by prior arrangement.

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