“Grrr, I’m dancing” Universe of a dancing bear
Mathis Kleinschnittger (Germany)
Choreography/Performance: Mathis Kleinschnittger
Dramaturgic assistance: Jessica Huber
Many thanks to: Jessica Huber, Karoline Kähler, Maria Walser, Mimi Jeong, Julien Brun, Benjamin Dittrich, Anne Deuter, Kerstin Ahlrichs, Team Dock 11, Theaterhaus Mitte, Kathrin Müller, Sara Franke, Matthias Herzfeld, Anne Strauß, Künstlerhaus Lukas, Breg Horemans, Simone Detig, Christian Schwaan, Mirjana Vrbaski, Asier Solana, Yina Mora
With support of: Dock 11 & the “Arbeitsstipendium im Künstlerhaus Lukas” (funded from Land Mecklenburg-Vorpommern), also with financial resources of “Einstiegsförderung 2015“ (Senatskanzlei für kulturelle Angelegenheiten Berlin)
This performance is presented as a project of European contemporary dance network “Aerowaves”.
In this solo performance, Mathis Kleinschnittger deals with the dancing bear as a symbol for loss of liberty and repression of wildness. Drawn to the power and potential within the image of the dancing bear, behind the taming, Mathis finds a metaphor for his life, his work, his experiences. How much are you forced to do things you didn’t chose for yourself? And are the things you are obliged to do producing only agony or can they also provide joy? The solo piece tries to face this ambivalence.
Mathis Kleinschnittger (Aerowaves Twenty18 artist) studied contemporary dance at the university for performing arts in Frankfurt/Main and cultural studies in Potsdam. Choreographers and directors he has worked with recently include Isabelle Schad, Jessica Huber, Armin Petras, Philipp Saire and Kathrin Mayr. Since 2012 he has developed his own choreographic work and received residencies including the entrance-funding of the City Berlin in 2015 and the Mentoring-program of LAFT Berlin (PAP). His work begins with questions, examining the driving forces behind human beings. Mathis takes familiar images and turns them into unexpected possibilities, inviting audiences to look differently at a world of assumptions and familiarities.