Tenacity of Space by Deborah Hay
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Tenacity of Space

Part of "OUT OF NOW / DANCE ON Festival"

“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).
Past dates
March 2018
70 Min.
Choreography and Direction
Deborah Hay
With artistic support from
Jeanine Durning and Ros Warby
In collaboration with
Ty Boomershine, Amancio Gonzalez, Brit Rodemund, Christopher Roman and Jone San Martin
Lighting Design
Tanja Rühl
Composition and Live-Electronics
Mattef Kuhlmey
Costume Design
Judith Adam
Tailoring and Costume-Making
Sophia Piepenbrock-Saitz
Ty Boomershine, Jeanine Durning, Brit Rodemund, Christopher Roman, Jone San Martin
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.