radialsystem / Saal EG Stage
Photo: Evan Loxton

Rita Klaus

Performance · Premiere by Martin Hansen
In the frame of Open Spaces - Laughing & Loving

Some time ago a person lived and died. We never met this person, nor did we ever see her, not even her grave. We know she existed by what she left behind, the first thing that we learnt about her was her name, Rita Klaus. She was her own archivist, she kept everything ‘safe’, she saved it. Analogue. We found her archive by accident in a desert. »Rita Klaus« is a new contemporary dance work. A piece for performers and ghosts. »Rita Klaus« drags the past to create an affective, illusory and critical take on remembrance, on theatre as a container for remains and what happens in the ruins of collapsed time?

Haunt me, haunt me do it again.

Concept, choreography, performance: Martin Hansen | Co-creation, performance: Xenia Taniko | Dramaturgy, text: Mila Pavicevic | Sound, composition: Brandon Johnson | Light design: Gretchen Blegen | Set design: Julian Weber | Costume: Evan Loxton | Production: Giulia Messia | Supported by residencies at Tanzhaus Zürich, Dancehouse Melbourne, Marin Držić Theatre Dubrovnik | Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds in coproduction with radialsystem Berlin.

Martin Hansen

Martin Hansen (AUS/DE) is a Berlin-based choreographer and artist working in performative media, within both theatre and gallery contexts. Throughout their body of work, they seek to activate and unfold queer temporalities around the dancing body and the economies of power that sustain the theatre. In their practice, archives in the form of extant photography, film, video and GIF collections are used to critically explore memory and time, with ghosts recurring as generative figures and structures upon which individual works are built. Choreography thereby acts as an organising principle, serving to activate relations between body, object, image, text, and place. Martin was a Danceweb scholar in 2013 and was named Germany’s Dancer of the Year by the magazine “tanz” in 2012.

Tickets: 15/10€