MOUVOIR/Stephanie Thiersch ( GE )

Corps Étrangers - January 9th & 10th, Beirut, Al-Madina Theatre

“Thiersch´s choreography is visually powerful, brilliantly composed anarchy." (Rheinische Post November 2013)

Corps Étrangers (80 minutes)

Stephanie Thiersch´s new production literally leaves the ground and confronts contemporary dance with new circus. A German-French collective of dancers, acrobats and ropes causes in "Corps Étrangers" our modern conception of the world to sway: What is human, animal, plant, creature, object, where does the game end, where does the danger begin...? The extremely physical and highly visual production interweaves multi-layer soundscapes with animal studies, mythical rituals and giddy trance dances. “Corps Étrangers” establishes a cosmos, both poetic and bizarre that is beyond distinct attribution.

     الانتاج الجديد لستيفاني تيرش، يغادر خشبة المسرح حرفيا ليقارب الرقص المعاصر بالسيرك الجديد. مجموعة ألمانيه-فرنسية من الراقصين، البهلوانيين، والحبال تحدث في Corps Etrangers خللا لمفهومنا الحديث للعالم وتجعله يهتز: ما هو الإنسان، الحيوان، النبات، الشيء، أين نهاية اللعبة، أين يبدأ الخطر؟  عرض مرئي، بدني متحرك بإمتياز، متعدد الطبقات الصوتيه، يمزج بين الدراسات الحيوانيه، الطقوس الخياليه والرقص المتهور.

Stephanie Thiersch studied Dance and later Media Arts at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. With her company MOUVOIR, founded in 2000, she develops theatre pieces, films, and installations that tour worldwide and were awarded numerous prizes. Besides the company work Thiersch teaches choreography and video art e.g. at the Institute for Applied Theater Studies in Giessen or by invitation of the Goethe-Institute she gives workshops around the world. She is director of the GLOBALIZE:COLOGNE FESTIVAL. In 2014 an artistic collaboration between Omar Rajeh and her is planned.

Tickets are sold at Antoine (All Branches) 
Abc Achrafieh 01218175 / Hamra 01341470-1

performance dates

Friday 10th of January 2014
8:30 pm | Al-Madina Theatre

Thursday 9th of January 2014
8:30 pm | Al-Madina Theatre

cast and credits

Concept/Choreography: Stephanie Thiersch
Dance/Acrobatics/Creation: Fabien Almakiewicz, Mathieu Antajan, Tim Behren, Florian Patschovsky, Valenti Rocamora iTorà; Choreographic Assistance: Viviana Escalé, Alexandra Naudet; Sound/Composition: Emmanuelle Gibello; Stage: Fabien Almakiewicz, Stephanie Thiersch; Costumes: Sabine Schneider; Dramaturgy: Anna Volkland; Technical Direction/Light Design: Niko Moddenborg; Photography: Martin Rottenkolber; Management: Béla Bisom; Production Management: Ines Disselbrede

Production: MOUVOIR with Freihandelszone Ensemblenetzwerk Köln, co-produced by:tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf, LOFFT – das Theater Leipzig, Theater im Pumpenhaus Münster und Maqamat Dance House, Beirut; supported by: CENTQUATRE/104 Paris

Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes NRW, Kulturamt der Stadt Köln, Kunststiftung NRW, Stadt Leipzig Kulturamt und Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen

Media partners & Supporters in Beirut:
Al-Akhbar, Agenda Culturel, F/I/2M/P, Time Out, Dots

Photo by Martin Rottelkolber

"Three acrobats and two dancers form an ensemble that designs virtuosic heterogenous bodies between human and animal, subject and object. [...]
Gravitation becomes a plaything, negotiated by power and body control.”
(Esther Boldt, tanz 12/2013)

"Thiersch constructs profound scenes, reveals the circus of evolution as a nouveau cirque masquerade between totem and taboo, travesty and animism. […] The best moments mark an alternative draft to the disenchantment of the world, using a magic that is only inherent to genuine art. How pleasant it was to have seen something like it was mirrored by the long, enthusiastic applause that followed 90 intensive and strong minutes."
(Steffen Georgi, Leipziger Volkszeitung, Dec. 7th 2013)