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.

Filter

Filter

World Premiere in November 2012

Filter

a cyclical work

“Filter” is a cyclical work with many layers; layers that seem to rot from the inside out when they are combined. “Filter” uses dance, sound and live camera. A duo of two fused bodies and their shadows/offsets; two bodies stuck together like parasites without revealing which one of them is the one moving or leading, and what propels this heavy body mass in motion. I am interested in showing the movement and physicality of matter: the gurgling of the stomach, the nodes in the abdomen, the beating of the heart, the throbbing of the blood, the tension of the muscles, spasms… A continuous sound collage overlays the entire happening and fills the space. A whole collection of political speeches can be heard, which are interlaced, mixed, superimposed. Sound collage and dance enter into a dynamic relationship, or rather stand out against each other. Whenever the bodies are stuck, the voice push further, or the other way around; or everything quiets down for a brief moment. “Filter” is a cycle in which layer follows upon layer, again and again, with one layer overlaying the other or “undermining” it. A cycle that rots from the inside out and yet remains alive: while listening to the speeches, the projections already seem to make them fade away; while watching the body mass transform, a space opens in the back to reveal a “shadow presence.”

Team

Choreographer, Stage Design, Light, Sound: Anna Konjetzky // Dance: Sahra Huby, Mu-yi Kuo, Viviana Defazio, Katrin Schafitel // Video: Marc Stephan

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Funded by the Bayerischen Landesverband für zeitgenössischen Tanz (BLZT). A coproduction of Tanzhaus NRW and the artist house 2angles, Flers.

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11. – 12.1.2013
Festival temps d images, tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf
20.11.2012
Tanztage Regensburg
18.11.2012
München Muffatwerk
18.5.2012
Tanzhaus Düsseldorf
11. – 21.5.2012
Düsseldorf Tanzhaus Residenz