SECOND ESSAY ON GYMNASTICS is based on the interconnectedness of two histories: that of Germany as an imagined community and that of ‚Turnen‘ (German gymnastics) as a physical practice – from its roots in 1811 as military exercise against the French occupation to the German Gymnastics Festival 2017 under the heading of „How colorful is this!“.
In SECOND ESSAY ON GYMNASTICS, eight performers use the choreographic vocabulary of the ‚Turner‘ movement and its performance in synchronized gymnastics shows as a point of departure for an examination of the formation of german bodies and thus try to tell an alternative german history.
From and with: Jonaid Khodabakhshi, Dennis Kopp, Quindell Orton, Jasmina Rezig, Hannah Saar, Isabel Schwenk, Julian Warner, Oliver Zahn
Assistant: Nele Hussmann
Dramaturgy: Josef Bairlein
Video: Nicole Wytyczak
A production by HAUPTAKTION. Co-produced by Münchner Kammerspiele, SPIELART Munich, HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Schwankhalle Bremen and Theater Rampe Stuttgart. In Kooperation with Pavillion Hanover. Funded by Landeshauptstadt München, Bezirk Oberbayern, Lotto-Sport-Stiftung Niedersachsen and TANZFONDS ERBE – an initiative by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.