Anna Konjetzky & Co

tomorrow…we…were

tomorrow…we…were

World premiere  25./26.9.2024 Muffathalle München

tomorrow…we…were

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Choreography, Stage:  Anna Konjetzky // Music: Sergej Maingardt // Video, Light: Joscha Eckert // Costume: Dimos Klimenof // Dance: Matteo Carvorne, Sahra Huby, Amie Jammeh, Venetsiana Kalampaliki, Sotiria Koutsopetrou, Quindell Orton // Pr: Simone Lutz // Production: Elsa Büsing

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songs of absence // Reviews

songs of absence // Reviews

Anna Konjetzky «Songs of Absence»

Salzburg

der-theaterverlag.de // March 2024 // Author: Carmen Kovacs

Not every loud work is a good work – but this one is. Anna Konjetzky has something to say that must not disappear. In Munich, she and her team have been a ground-breaking institution for many years, actively seeking, facilitating and shaping local and international connections and networking within the dance scene. Songs of Absence”, which premiered at the Munich theater festival “spielart”, can be understood in the context of this exchange, as part of a queer-feminist, socio-politically anchored artistic practice.

While the focus is urgently on making voids visible, on the forgotten and repressed, this content is presented in a charming album structure. Two stand-up microphones are positioned in a semicircle of projection screens, indicating from the outset that there is a lot to say. And indeed, the text, the pronouncing and addressing, the swallowing, mutating and virtuoso morphing of words and sentences into one another play a key role. In an almost symbiotic relationship with the soundtrack (Sergej Maingardt), the phenomenal cast of seven performers leads us through embodied attitudes, personal address, ecstatic speech, rap, slogans, poetry. Some moments of expressing become a difficult birth, the movement a side effect of the meaning.

How all this looks in movement language seems secondary in many moments anyway – and yet the forms of expression are so concrete and specific that the experienced choreographic directive behind them can be clearly felt. Sometimes they are static images, beautiful complications in which the bodies slip in and out of each other, supporting and holding each other. And sometimes they are liberated dance phrases that conjure up the affirmative power of movement. At one moment you see the group obsessively working on itself. And in the next, an electric guitar being worked on by two performers with objects and made to sound in wild ways.

We experience gestures of negation, which in the collective performance become affirmative gestures of togetherness, a sisterly embrace. We watch an ensemble that has its resources under control and understands its self-empowered approach right down to the design of the light. The craftsmanship and dramaturgy are so good that at times you forget what it is actually about. Fortunately, the finale is a caring slap in the face that tells you whether you’re still there.

On the bright side of the shake

Süddeutsche Zeitung, 06.11.2023 // Authors: Yvonne Poppek/Egbert Tholl

In beautiful contrast, there is the world premiere of “songs of absence” by Munich choreographer Anna Konjetzky, conceived like an album, interspersed with strong images, cleverly positioned in a feminist way.

The art of playing

Abendzeitung München, 02.11.2023 // Author: Vesna Mlakar

Songs of absence” is full of lyrics (…) Powerful words, peppered with thoughts that continue to have an effect on her – inwardly – violently moving performance. (…) Emotionally, the whole thing escalates into an increasingly agitated enumeration that culminates in a hiccup of vowels that are merely uttered one by one. Again and again, words get stuck in the throats of the seven dancers. (…)
Anna Konjetzky is well versed in the art of playing with content and form. But the choreographer, who has been regularly staging dance pieces characterized by a socio-political debate in Munich and around the world for 18 years now, is never merely concerned with the formal. Her almost insatiable desire to impulsively and thematically capture an audience seems to be too great. And this is exactly what Konjetzky succeeds in doing thanks to her famous protagonists Sahra Huby, Amie Jammeh, Sotiria Koutsopetrou, Jin Lee, Quindell Orton, Martha Pasakopoulou and Hannah Schillinger.

Fern (Memories and Artifacts)

Fern (Memories and Artifacts)

World Premiere 16.09.2011, Muffathalle Munich

Fern

Memories and Artifacts – a dance installation by Anna Konjetzky

Dance, video labyrinth and sound installation blend into one image in “Fern.” An image like a shattered mirror in whose shards flash up people, stories and situations. The encounters between the six dancers and the spectator are disturbingly intimate, and yet the dancers remain in seclusion and isolation. An impenetrable, intertwined space is created: a parcours through solitary cells – a solo for spectators and protagonists.

Team

Choreography, Space, Video: Anna Konjetzky // Dance: Viviana Defazio, Sahra Huby, Julia Kathriner, Mu-yi Kuo, Katrin Schafitel, Amaranta Velarde Gonzales // Music: Minas Borboudakis // Stage Construction: Anton Lukas // Video: Marc Stephan

Partners & Support

Sponsored by the Department of Culture of the City of Munich and the Bayerischen Landesverband fürmzeitgenössischen Tanz (BLZT) with funds of the Bayerischen Staatsministeriums für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst.

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4.8.2012
ostrale Dresden
12. – 13.9.2011
Muffathalle München

Abdrücke folgen

Abdrücke folgen

World premiere on 26 June 2011, Muffatwerk Munich

Abdrücke folgen

Second part of two dance installations for one dancer – “Abdrücke/Abdrücke folgen”.

Abdrücke and Abdrücke folgen are two dance installations for one dancer. Two images that are like the same image’s positive and negative. In focus: a dancer looking for traces of her own being – which are constantly blurred. The body is the mooring rope to the self; a matter that can be measured, drawn, touched, described and displayed. And observed: the audience’s voyeuristic point of view in Abdrücke turns in Abdrücke folgen rather to dancer’s inside. In Abdrücke folgen, the spectators essentially falls into the box and thus enter the inside of the dancer. There are no longer any partitions between spectator and protagonist; the audience surrounds the stage on all four sides, barely separated by light. Behind the audience – on all four sides – are screens that not only show live images of the dancer, but also images of the outside world and of documents, passports, birth certificates, documents giving proof of existence and of identity. Attribution, descriptions, verifications try to capture the life and yet remain vague. Despite more descriptions and more details under scrutiny, the image becomes even more blurred.

Abdrücke

Team

Dance, Installation, Choreography: Anna Konjetzky // Dance, Drawings: Sahra Huby // Video: Marc Stephan

Partners & Support

Funded by the Kulturstiftung der Stadtsparkasse München and with support by Muffathalle München.

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8.12.2016
Festival Souar Souar N’Djamena
11.6.2016
meetfactory Praha
14.5.2016
St. Petersburg new stage Alexandrinsky theater
16. – 17.12.2014
cricoteka Kraków
23.6.2014
Ramallah Ashtar theater
1.6.2013
Porto
11.10.2012
(ohne Veranstaltungsort)
2. – 3.6.2012
München Muffatwerk Festival Rodeo
31.5.2012
München Muffatwerk Festival Rodeo
18. – 23.10.2011
Kampala, Uganda
7. – 9.10.2011
Daressalam, Tansania
26. – 27.6.2011
München Muffatwerk

fleck.schwinden (“marks.disappear”)

fleck.schwinden (“marks.disappear”)

World premiere February 26, 2011, Black Box, Gasteig München

fleck.schwinden (“marks.disappear”)

a piece for four dancer by Anna Konjetzky

“fleck.schwinden” is a piece for four dancers. Satellite images in time lapse show the audience the progress of a landslide. A whirring of the air, a flash of light, a growing tension, bodies becoming visible, bubbling, pulsating. A single vibrating mass that begins to slide – one above the other, side by side, like an avalanche driving them into the abyss. “Because of its continuous and constant movements, nature is my source of inspiration in “fleck.schwinden.”

“The breaking of glaciers or the desiccation of rivers generate constant change. They are movements that begin as a trifle, invisible, but then begin to “concoct” and finally “erupt.”
(A. Konjetzky)

Team

Choreography, Scene, Installation: Anna Konjetzky // Dance: Sahra Huby, Katrin Schafitel, Elisa Marschall, René Alejandro, Huari Matues // Sound: Sergej Maingardt // Light: Barbara Westernach // Stage Design: Moritz Köster

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Funded by the Department of Culture of the City of Munich.

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Aktuelle Termine

Vergangene Termine

26. – 27.2.2011
München, Black Box Gasteig