VIS MOTRIX, second part of a trilogy on the “unthought body”, creates some strange as well as fascinating beings. The dancers seem to come from another world, they move through space and merge into an organism, a mixture of human being and machine, creating a hypnotic power that one can not escape.
VIS MOTRIX creates some strange as well as fascinating beings. The dancers seem to come from another world, they move through space and merge into an organism, a mixture of human being and machine, creating a hypnotic power that one can not escape. What is the driving force, the soul (Vis Motrix) behind the movements of these hybrid beings? CocoonDance continues with this production its research of the “unthought body”: transhumanism as a traumatic round dance that does not leave our unconsciousness untouched.
VIS MOTRIX is the second production which has been developed in several stages over the course of months as a part of the company’s, 3-year residence in the Swiss canton of Valais. Like MOMENTUM, which was initially inspired by an exchange with the non-academic movement patterns of Parkour, VIS MOTRIX started out with a workshop and subsequently independent research on the (male-dominated) techniques of breaking and krumping, and modifying and transforming these street dance styles with regards to hybrid and post-human energies and impulses.
VIS MOTRIX was invited to the Tanzplattform Germany in 2020 in Munich and nominated for “Performance of the Year” in the critics’ survey of the professional magazine “tanz 2019“ by Bettina Trouwborst (Westdeutsche Zeitung):
“VIS MOTRIX by CocoonDance, Bonn: a work of hypnotic motion intelligence.” (Jahrbuch Tanz 2019)
choreography / artistic direction Rafaële Giovanola
choreography / performance Fa-Hsuan Chen, Martina De Dominicis, Tanja Marín Friðjónsdóttir, Susanne Schneider / Marie Viennot
choreographic assistance Leonardo Rodrigues
dramaturgy Rainald Endraß
light / stage Gregor Glogowski
costume advice Mechtild Tellmann
management mechtild tellmann kulturmanagement
with Théâtre du Crochetan Monthey (CH), Ringlokschuppen Ruhr Mülheim, Theater in Ballsaal Bonn
funded by Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Bundesstadt Bonn and within the frame of the residency program Théâtre-ProVS, Le Conseil de la Culture Etat du Valais, La Loterie Romande