Jochen Roller (DE)


Tanz im August

German folk dances as a post-colonial dance spectacle: The indigenous customs presented in “Trachtenbummler” seem no less ’authentic’, ’foreign’ and ’exotic’ than the professed tribal dances from Samoa. Jochen Roller unmasks strategies of ethnic marketing and proves that German folklore also provides plentiful fodder for constructing the exotic.

„As I was visiting different groups, all with different folklore, from all over Germany, there were three things I just kept noticing. One was the fabulous minimalist aesthetic found in the folk dance choreography; it created an instant connection to my own choreographic practice. Another was the incredibly intricate system of symbols to be found on the traditional dress, regardless of region; with such a wide variety of symbols, borders, and appliqué. And finally, the conservative way in which all of these groups attempted, doggedly, to protect their cultural heritage from any type of change or modernization. It occurred to me that it was time I did some artistic experiments with dance and tradition.“ (Jochen Roller)

Costume Design Daniel Kroh

Libretto Florian Feigl, Jochen Roller

With Joavien Ng, Edouard Pelleray, Ahilan Bhuvanendra Ratnamohan, Jochen Roller, Magali Sander-Fett, Latai Funaki Taumoepeau

Lighting Design Henning Streck

Production A production by Jochen Roller and DepArtment, in coproduction with Sophiensaele and Theater Freiburg.
Funded by the Capital Cultural Fund.
Supported by Tanz im August

Trailer: Choy Ka Fai


Artistic Direction: Jochen Roller


  • Past
    Tue 27.8.2013, 20:00 / Sophiensæle Festsaal
    Wed 28.8.2013, 20:00 / Sophiensæle Festsaal
    Thu 29.8.2013, 20:00 / Sophiensæle Festsaal
    Fri 30.8.2013, 20:00 / Sophiensæle Festsaal


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