Susanne Linke/Koffi Kôkô


April, 5th 2017

Theater Erlangen, Markgrafentheater at 19:30 h

What happens when two performers rely solely on their own knowledge of the body? What levels of communication can be created between body and body on stage? 

An experiment like this can only be ventured with dancers who, in their works, can accept this possibility of a radical physical confrontation - and for that reason, the idea behind this production unequivocally builds on two dancers who come from two different yet highly developed dance traditions.

More than any other performer, Susanne Linke personifies a knowledge of modern dance in Germany, from Mary Wigman to Folkwang and dance theatre. And Koffi Kôkô draws on the highly-developed centuries-old tradition of rites of passage in West African cultures. 

In both cases, with their bodies, they perform as a remarkable and unique library of knowledge. And both are exceptional dancers, whose choreographies have addressed and explored their own biographies as well as their socio-political, cultural or spiritual traditions.

photo: Maragarete Redl-von Peinen
photo: Maragarete Redl-von Peinen

Dance and choreography: Susanne Linke and Koffi Kôkô

concept: Johannes Odenthal

music/sound design: Wolfgang Bley-Borkowski

stage design: Marcel Kaskeline

lighting: Lutz Deppe

Assistant: Urs Dietrich

Collaboration dramaturgy: Waltraut Körver

Touring management: Christiane Uekermann

A production of the Academy of the Arts, Berlin and Susanne Linke

Subsidised by Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin