If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? – William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
In OUT OF JOINT, Helge Letonja from Bremen and Gregory Maqoma from Johannesburg and question in their collaboration the threatening shifts of global power balances. The dance sextet combines their initial independently developed choreographic strands to a stirring piece of multilingual aesthetics. „We need to be brave. To trust the other is to trust ourselves.” – With this conviction, and strong images, the two internationally renowned artists explore current realities that stagger between emerging populism and extremism, diffuse fears and unchained capitalism. Under impulsive sound thunderstorms of dance theatre composer Serge Weber, the turmoil of “disjointed” individual and social bodies turn into dance, and an outcry breaks its way. The captivating outcome tours successfully since 2017.
Concept and Choreography: Helge Letonja & Gregory Maqoma | Composition: Serge Weber | Dance: Kossi Sébastien Aholou-Wokawui, Thulisile Binda, Oh Chang Ik, Steven Chauke, Mariko Koh, Phumlani Life Mndebele | Dramaturgy: Anke Euler | Costume Design: Katja Fritzsche, Lebo Seodigeng | Lighting Design: Timo Reichenberger | Stage Design: Helge Letonja, Julia Arroja da Silva | Production: steptext dance project & Vuyani Dance Theatre | Coproduction: bremer shakespeare company | Funded by: Senator für Kultur Bremen, NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ Coproduction Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. | Supported by: Waldemar Koch Stiftung Bremen, Karin und Uwe Hollweg Stiftung.