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    © Ines Leichleitner

balthazar

performance

In this performance, the protagonist is not a professional dancer nor an actor, but a non-trained animal: the donkey Balthazar. On stage, he confronts a group of human performers. The piece emerges from this active communication between different species.

The human performers try to grasp the animal by constructing meaningful narratives, movements, gestures, and images. The animal, on the other hand, undercuts constantly these attempts to define him, and rather pulls the whole performance into a process of becoming animal.

Balthazar  seduces us, its audience, into identifying with the animal, when we know that our projections can only be inadequate. We may assume that the donkey is complying with the performance, that Balthazar develops it further using artistic means. The point is: We don’t know! And we never will.

Balthazar is a long term artistic research project by theatre maker David Weber-Krebs, and dramaturg and theorist Maximilian Haas, that explores our cultural relationship with animals using the means of theater. Previously to the “touring version” three research versions of the piece have been made in  Amsterdam, Brussels and Hamburg, in collaboration with local art schools and international festivals.

concept & direction
david weber-krebs
concept & dramaturgy
maximilian haas
performance
julien bruneau, alondra castellanos arreola, philipp enders, sid van oerle, noha ramadan
costumes
ebba fransén waldhör

space advice
alexander schellow
production
elisabeth hirner/infinite endings
co-production
HAU hebbel am ufer, next festival, inteatro, mousonturm
    leaflet of Animals of Manchester, Manchester International Festival
at frankfurt LAB, invited by Künstlerhaus Mousonturm
    rehearsals at Frankfurt LAB © Marie Urban
    rehearsals at Frankfurt LAB © Marie Urban
    rehearsals at Frankfurt LAB © Marie Urban
    rehearsals at Frankfurt LAB © Marie Urban
    at Next festival in Kortrijk
    in the backyard of HAU

Does It Matter? Composite Bodies and Posthuman Prototypes in Contemporary Performing Arts, 17-19 March 2015. Ghent University in collaboration with Vooruit, CAMPO and KASK.

read more about the conference 

    leaflet of a conference at Tanzquartier, Vienna
    double page article in the Hamburger Morgenpost
    photos and drawings from rehearsals at Kampnagel © Ines Lechleitner
    photos and drawings from rehearsals at Kampnagel © Ines Lechleitner
    photos and drawings from rehearsals at Kampnagel © Ines Lechleitner
    photos and drawings from rehearsals at Kampnagel © Ines Lechleitner
    © Ines Lechleitner
first version at Amsterdam Theaterschool, 2011
    Dionne and Balthazar, rehearsals, 2011 © Marie urban
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inteatro, polverigi

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next festival, schouwburg kortrijk

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hau hebbel am ufer

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kampnagel, hamburg

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kaaitheater, brussels

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theaterschool, amsterdam

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