TanzPlan Ost
August 23
November 26 2016

TanzPlan Ost dances mulit-local: nine companies and seven places connect East Switzerland and the and the Principality of Liechtenstein.


Bufo Makmal
Into Pieces

In the past, the young choreography and dance collective Bufo Makmal showed gripping and sensual performances, which attracted considerable attention in Switzerland. The four woman-ensemble developed the piece “ALL.ES” in a mutual democratic process. Their bodies unite into a sculptural formation, only to eventually fall back into individual components. In this muscular work, an undertow is created, which literally pulls the audience into the piece.

With “ALL.ES”, Bufo Makmal approaches existence step-by-step, exploring how the individual is constituted within a community, how inclusion and exclusion lead to new identities. Ultimately, it turns out that there are no fixed identities, but rather these are always to be defined in flux. 

Bufo Makmal

Choreography: Stefanie Fischer, Zoe Gyssler, Margarita Kennedy, Clea Onori
Dance: Margarita Kennedy, Clea Onori, Rosie Terry, Stefanie Fischer/Zoe Gyssler
Music: Christian Fischer (Tim und Puma Mimi)
Outside Eye:  Edan Gorlicki
Visuals: Lukas Pulver
Lighting: Michael Eigenmann
Costumes: Romy Springsguth
Dramaturgy: Yves Regenass
Production: Pascal Moot
Photo: Susana Bruell

Support:  Fachausschuss Theater und Tanz Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft.

Diane Gemsch

Today strong women are still regarded as a provocation. With “NaNa”, Diane Gemsch has created a fictional character, who insists uncompromisingly upon leading a life full of pleasure. Thereby, she identifies with female figures of the Roaring Twenties, creatures of the night and revelry.

With “NaNa”, Gemsch provides a very personal and also intimate insight into her own life. Through this solo, she explores herself and the desire for emancipation. 

Diane Gemsch

Choreography, Dance: Diane Gemsch
Oeil extérieur, Coaching: Chris de Feyter
Music Adaption: Tonmanufaktur
Photo: Christian Glaus

Jérôme Bel
Excerpt Gala: Kompanie Kompanie

Jêrôme Bel is one of the most sought-after and renowned contemporary choreographers. In his pieces he always questions what kind of dance can be seen on the stage. He shakes up our own expectations of dance pieces, investigates which stereotypes we are subject to when we speak about dance.

His latest piece “Gala” brings fifteen persons from the region on the stage together: professional dancers and performers, as well as laypersons with different backgrounds. “Gala” forces audience expectations to the fore, and blurs the lines between failure and success in performance as it suggests that theater is community, both onstage and off. It’s a tour de force, wildly entertaining and truly radical.

Jérôme Bel

Concept: Jérôme Bel
Assistant: Maxime Kurvers
Assistant for local restaging: Cédric Andrieux, Frédéric Seguette
by and with: Local Cast
Costumes: dancers
Artistic Consulting, Management: Rebecca Lee
Production Director: Sandro Grando
Technical Director: Gilles Genter

Coproduction: Dance Umbrella (London), TheaterWorks Singapore/72-13, KunstenFestivaldesArts (Brussels), Tanzquartier Wien, Nanterre-Amandiers Centre Dramatique National, Festival d'Automne à Paris, Theater Chur (Chur) and TAK Theater Liechtenstein (Schaan) - TanzPlan Ost, Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), La Commune Centre dramatique national d’Aubervilliers, Tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf), House on Fire with the support of the European Union cultural program
Production: R.B. Jérôme Bel (Paris)
With the support of: Centre National de la Danse (Pantin) and Ménagerie de Verre (Paris) in the framework of Studiolab for providing studio spaces.
Thanks to: the partners and participants of the Dance and voice workshops, NL Architects and Les rendez-vous d’ailleurs.
Subsidies: R.B Jérôme Bel is supported by the Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d'Ile-de-France, French Ministry for Culture and Communication, and by the Institut Français, French Ministry for Foreign Affairs, for its international tours.

Jérôme Bel
Cédric Andrieux

The piece "Cédric Andrieux" by Jérôme Bel will be shown in the Ziegelhütte in Appenzell. The content is the autobiography of the dancer Cédric Andrieux, whose name constitutes the title, who, i.a., was a member of the Merce Cunningham Company in New York.

"Cédric Andrieux" is so-to-say a summary of the last twenty years of the history of dance, treating aesthetics and economy through its subjective lens. It is a monument, perhaps the liveliest, which could ever be visited. 

Jérôme Bel

Concept: Jérôme Bel
By and with: Cédric Andrieux
Production Director: Sandro Grando

Coproduction: Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Festival d'Automne (Paris), R.B. Jérôme Bel (Paris).
Supported by: Centre National de la Danse (Paris), La Ménagerie de Verre (Paris), Baryshnikov Arts Center (New York).
Thanks to: Thérèse Barbanel, Trevor Carlson and Yorgos Loukos.
Subsidies: R.B Jérôme Bel is supported by the Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d'Ile-de-France, French Ministry for Culture and Communication, and by the Institut Français, French Ministry for Foreign Affairs, for its international tours.

Lucie Tuma
Volkskörper#1: Solo für alle

The mountain is grooving. The Volkskörper [Body Politic or Body of the People] Trilogy suggests a broader understanding of the people. Pre-human past and future dances: Turning round and round, yet not solely around human beings. Cliffs, clouds, and angels join along in the roundel.

In "Volkskörper#1: Solo für alle" [Body Politics#1: Solo for Everyone] grand history is coupled with personal history. Childhood neomancy encounters serious polemics. Speculation and imagination bring together seemingly incompatible strands and weave a different kind of temporality. Irrational iridescent commonplace, as in something like a conspiracy theory – only with a little more ease, poetry, and grace. 

Choreography, Performance: Lucie Tuma
Music: Tomas Brader, Laura Endres
Thank you: Max-Philip Aschenbrenner, Johanna Kluhs

Layer by Layer – Into the Vague

Thurgau choreographer Miriam Bührer expands principles of movement of post-modern dance. Working with media artist Simón Schwarz, in "Layer by Layer – Into the Vague" the dancer creates a landscape out of lighting and music, in which she responds in a dance-like way.

The duo subtly mixes sound, music, lighting, body, and dance, in between which gray areas arise in which new forms can be detected. These hints and the resulting vagueness establish a new temporality, which provides the audience space for its own excessiveness. 


Direction, Concept: Mirjam Bührer, Simón Schwarz
Choreography: Mirjam Bührer
Performance: Mirjam Bührer, Simón Schwarz
Video, Sound, Lighting: Simón Schwarz
Dramaturgy: Carmen Pfammatter
Scenography: Yvette Morkos
Photo: Simón Schwarz
Coproduction: TanzPlan Ost, Phönix Theater Steckborn

Panorama Dance Theater

The Panorama Dance Theater consists of dancer Tobias Spori and cultural studies expert Ann Katrin Cooper. In their piece "HOPE", they reflect the contemporary situation of the individual, in which interlinked crises in politics, the economy, and conflicts indefinitely reign.

Crises are turning points, which are characterized by contraction and the release of this very tension. Tobias Sporis' dance focuses on this turning point: Intense contractions of the body are succeeded by processes of releasing the muscles and falling into phases of rest. Inspired by Krumping, a freestyle form of dance, a highly aesthetic and powerful language of movement is created, which can be read as a foil for the contemporary socio-political situation. 

Panorama Dance Theater

Choreography: Ann Katrin Cooper, Tobias Spori
Dance: Tobias Spori
Outside Eye: Vanessa Cool
Production : Association gemischtes doppel
Photo: Ann Katrin Cooper
Coproduction: TanzPlan Ost, Phönix Theater Steckborn

Reut Shemesh

As a duo, choreographer Reut Shemesh performs with dancer Hella Immler, who lives in St. Gallen. Demonstrating the loss of personal identity, "LEVIAH" is an impressive piece about Shemesh's experiences in the Israeli army. This loss is suggested through movements executed in a robotic manner, which recall routine actions. Diary-like comments of Shemesh's time in Israel underscore the piece.

"LEVIAH" creates insight into the intimacy of everyday military life. With Immler as a dialogue partner, Shemesh has developed a piece that shows how fragile the self can be in crisis situations. 

Reut Shemesh

Choreography, Text: Reut Shemesh
Dance, Development: Hella Immler and Reut Shemesh
Music: Simon Bauer
Lightinig, Video: Ronni Shendar
Costumes: Dario Mendez Acosta
Dramaturgy: Daniel Rademacher
Production Director, Management: Sandra Jasper
Photo: Reut Shemesh

Simon Mayer

The Austrian country lad Simon Mayer is a multitalent. He plays various musical instruments and dances. In particular, his interests include alpine folkdance and its music. "Sunbengsitting" – Sunbeng is an Upper Austrian dialect, which also means "to sit outside on a bench in the sun in front of the alpine farmhouse" – addresses questions emerging at the intersection of city and countryside, home and far away, pigeonholing and artistic freedom.

Simon Mayer's contribution aims to reveal what options are available to fall back upon in referring to locality and how these might also be interpreted differently. 

Simon Mayer

Performance, Choreography, Music: Simon Mayer
Sound and Live-Loop: Pascal Holper
Lighting: Lucas Gruber, Hannes Ruschbaschan
Production: Sophie Schmeiser
Artistic Consultant: Frans Poelstra
Photo: Anna M. Fiala

Coproduction: Kopf hoch/Simon Mayer, brut Wien, FREISCHWIMMER 2014/15 and Im_flieger.
Support: Elio Gervasi/raum 33, ROSAS, Kunstenzentrum BUDA, shareyourdarlings Plattform.
With kind support from Landes Oberösterreich, des Bundeskanzleramts, des Österreichischen Kulturforums Brüssel, des Hauptstadtkulturfonds and des Regierenden Bürgermeisters von Berlin - Senatskanzlei - Kulturelle Angelegenheiten.
Thanks to: Kulturverein SPIEL, Trachtenverein Altstädter Bauerngmoa, die Goaßschnalzer Munderfing, Pramtaler Volkstanzgruppe, Fam. Mayer, Christian Schmeiser and Josef Schild.