»12« / »…im linken Rückspiegel auf dem Parkplatz von Woolworth«


“Mmm, really awful. Can you make it even worse?” This is the provocative question posed by VA Wölfl, the artist, choreographer and artistic head of the German NEUER TANZ company. As ironic as his words sound, the question could not be more serious. “Let’s make things better” is of no interest to him, as is our compulsive yearning for a good mood. His performance is a radio show for soldiers at the front. Twelve contemporary pop songs alternate with light comments in “Kaugummi-English”. News reports on war casualties are delivered with as much brio as the weather forecast in July. Wölfl’s dancers move cautiously, even cold-bloodedly, whether they are playing an electric guitar on tiptoes or elegantly draping a leg over a synthesiser. They sing with concentration, even when they are operating a paper-shredder. 12/ … Im Linken is a profound Gesamtkunstwerk, a visual and auditory experience that will stay with you long afterwards.

Izaskun Abrego Olano, Armin Biermann, Alfonso Bordi, Gerald Butolen, Nicholas Mansfield, Fernanda Ortiz Losada, Senem Gökçe Ogultekin, Edgar Sandoval Díaz, Dr. Guido Orgs, Judith Wilhelm, Jana Griess, Susanna Keye, Peter Bellinghausen, Alexander Collatz, Jürgen Grohnert, Thomas Schneider, Daniel Poensgen, Stefanie Kusenberg, VA Wölfl


Co-commissioned by
PACT Zollverein – Choreographisches Zentrum NRW presented by the RuhrTriennale 2007

With the support of
The Minister President of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the City of Düsseldorf, the Kunststiftung NRW, the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (Berlin), the Kunst- und Kulturstiftung of Sparkasse Düsseldorf, Rico Design in Brakel, Stiftung Schloss & Park Benrath (Düsseldorf), Goethe Institut


Photo: © VA Wölfl / NEUER TANZ
Videe Excerpt from the Show of »12« / »…im linken Rückspiegel auf dem Parkplatz von Woolworth«
27.05.2007 in Schloss Marstall Benrath © NEUER TANZ