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songs of absence // Reviews

Anna Konjetzky «Songs of Absence»

Salzburg // 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.



World premiere 11 June 2010, Festival Danse Balsa Marni, Bruxelles


First Part of the double 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 exists only the self. The “I” in hundredfold reflections, always reflected back on itself. Without hope of self-reassurance in the view of the other. Only the room exists – geometrical, hard, cold and bright, covered with mirrors and without any possibility to look outside. In this room the dancer tries to find, scrutinize and define herself. She turns, twists, as if every inch of her body should be cataloged. She documents her outlines on many slips of paper; these are portraits that she throws outside through narrow slits. Every piece of paper isan anchor of her existence. The spectators, however, are granted an unobstructed view, not only into the box because it is lit from the side of the spectators and thus transparent, but also because of a camera that projects images from the inside onto a wall. And while the breath of the dancer is fogging up the box and obfuscating the view, the camera’s larger-than-life image stays on.

Abdrücke is part of the double Abdrücke/Abdrücke folgen, as well as an independent work.

Abdrücke Folgen


Choreography, Space, Lighting: Anna Konjetzky // Dance, Choreography: Sahra Huby // Video: Marc Stephan

Partners & Support

“Abdrücke” is funded by the Bayerischen Landesverband für zeitgenössischen Tanz (BLZT) with funds from the Bayerischen Staatsministeriums für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst, and the artist-in-residence at the Glasshouse Tel Aviv, Israel. With the friendly support of the carpentry Moritz Köster.


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meetfactory Praha
St. Petersburg new stage Alexandrinsky theater
16. – 17.12.2014
cricoteka Kraków
18.9.2014 – canceled for boycott reasons
15.9.2014 – canceled for boycott reasons
Tel Aviv
Fürstenfeldbruck Kulturnacht
2. – 3.6.2012
München Muffatwerk Festival Rodeo
München Muffatwerk Festival Rodeo
Dresden Tanzplattform Deutschland
Unidram Potsdam
Bruxelles Nuit Blanche
Klagenfurt Positionen 011
26. – 27.6.2011
München Muffatwerk
Nürnberg, Blaue Nacht
Salzburg Performancetage
Eupen out of ostrale
Tanztage Regensburg
15. – 16.10.2010
München – Festival digital analog
22. – 23.9.2010
la Chaux-de-Fonds Festival Antilope Suisse
17. – 18.9.2010
Dresden ostrale
27. – 28.8.2010
Schwerte – Blue Night Welttheater der Strasse
11. – 12.6.2010
Brüssel théâtre de la Balsamine festival Danse Balsa Marni
8. – 9.6.2010
Düsseldorf – tanzhaus nrw Festival Now&Next