SWAN FATE is a queerfeminist appropriation of the ballet classic Swan Lake. Ursina Tossi and her ensemble break with traditional concepts of love and fate and formulate their very own, diverse and contemporary declaration of love for dance. In SWAN FATE, the dancers play with longings, virtuosity, physicality and vulnerability, searching in the choreography and in their bodies for the traces that Swan Lake leaves behind. They also engage with the dance heritage, as well as the violent and colonial narratives and practices of ballet. To the music of the band CocoRosie, newly composed especially for the piece, not only different urban dance styles are mixed with contemporary dance. The dancers glide from one role to another. The shapeshifting between swans and humans, the change between marginalized and mainstream perspectives opens up new fantasies and imagines loving encounters between animals, humans and other beings.
Team SWAN FATE:
ARTISTIC DIRECTION, CHOREOGRAPHY
Co-CHOREOGRAPHY & DANCE
Anne-Lene, Nöldner, Alexandra Filippidou, Chetan Yeragera, Cliff Huen Tin Yeung, David Pallant, Dodzi Dougban, Laure Fleitz, Liza Lamprecht, Victor Gonzales, Enting Zhang
CREATIVE PRODUCTION, COMMUNICATION, PUBLIC RELATIONS
Ursina Tossi, Uta Engel, Sina Rundel
Daniela Dreisigacker, Meret Zürcher
Anna Warler, Susanne Fritz, Marie-Wilhelmine Schaper, Kunigunde Schindler, Nicole Ostrycharczyk, Barbara Widmann
accompanied by Team MAKING KIN:
Andzejus Voroneckis (Dramaturg Deaf Perspective), Anna Wieczorek (Dramaturg, Expert Dance Sciences), Humberto Acosta Rodriguez (Expert Classical Ballet), Monique Smith-McDowell (Dramaturg, Expert Contemporary-, Musical Dance), Naomi Sanfo (Expert Audio Deskription), Nona Siepmann (Artistic Assistance & Expert Contemporary Dance and Paedagogy), René Reith (Integrated Artistic Audio Deskription), Su Jin Kim (Dramaturg, Expert Classical Ballet), Susanne Tod (Access Consultant DGS), Uta Engel (Dramaturg), Yeliz Pazar (Expert Urban Styles)
SWAN FATE is a highlight of the Hamburg theater year (…)
(…) just as Tossi invites the audience onto the stage, she transforms “Swan Lake” into a choreography that touches you, physically, intellectually, even politically.
Joy can turn into aggression, laughter into crying. And back again. And sometimes all at the same time. How cleverly the piece arranges this simultaneity of positive and negative feelings makes the difference between an interesting »Swan Lake« variation and a truly great evening.
SWAN FATE is a production by Ursina Tossi & EXCESSIVE SHOWING co-produced by Kampnagel Hamburg. Funded by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Department for Culture and Media (Elbkultur Fonds), supported by the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, supported by the Gabriele Fink Stiftung. Many thanks to Huckepack Umzüge.
MAKIN KIN is a project by Ursina Tossi & EXCESSIVE SHOWING Supported by the Performing Arts Fund with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR.