Florentina Holzinger aims at transforming herself into a warrior on both a spiritual and a physical level. She enters the ring to defy the art world, fear and trauma. She prepares for every show as if it was a fight.
RECOVERY revolves around struggle as a process of healing and the stage as an arena, in which questions of coping with trauma, a fresh start and female support are raised. It all started with Florentina’s accident during a performance of Silk in Norway, when she crashed three meters to the ground. The work RECOVERY, inspired by this experience and the title of American rapper Eminem’s seventh studio album, is the product of a lengthy recovery period. Thus, each instalment of Recovery is characterized by physical healing and starting fresh, by the recovery of what seemed lost and by the recovery of artistic data.
The performance emerges from the conviction that the only art worth being made is art that can heal. Florentina Holzinger is inspired by George Balanchine’s legendary ballet Agon, created in 1957. The work’s title means competition and is considered a highlight of Balanchine’s examination of Igor Stravinsky’s music. Florentina created her own Agon which was shown at festival ImPulsTanz 2014 in Vienna and Recovery is based on that piece.
- Concept: Florentina Holzinger
- Performed by: Florentina Holzinger, Btissame Amadour, Clara Saito, Eva Susova, Lenneke Vos, Orinta van der Zee
- Sound Design: Stefan Schneider
- Dramaturgy and guidance: Vincent Riebeek, Renée Copraij, Sara Ostertag
- Production: Frascati Producties (Amsterdam - NL)
- Coproduction: brut Wien (Vienna - AT)
- Distribution: Something Great (Berlin - DE)
- Funded by Creative Europe, Life Long Burning, die Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien and the Performing Arts Fund NL
- Technical direction: Ramses van den Hurk
- Technical assistant: Stephan Werner
Florentina Holzinger (b. 1986 in Vienna) lives and works between Amsterdam and Vienna. In her works, she consciously plays with the shifting of boundaries between high culture and entertainment, exploring different modes of female representation and questioning the full potential of female physicality. References to pop culture and a penchant for trash are not forgotten in her works. Since 2011, she has been enriching the international performance scene with her unique works earning her a reputation as one of the “most provocative” new choreographers in Europe. Holzinger won the Prix Jardin d’Europe for her solo Silk at lmPulsTanz in 2012. In addition to her collaborations with Vincent Riebeek, Holzinger created also Recovery as well as Apollon (produced by CAMPO) which is currently touring international stages. She is currently artist in residence at the ICK in Amsterdam.
The performance will be in English
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