Florentina Holzinger

01.04 - 02.04

“Feminism, of course, has always been an exercise in science fiction.” - Laurie Penny

A ballet masterclass under the direction of Beatrice Schönherr – the first ballerina to dance ‘Le Sacre de Printemps’ naked (John Neumeier’s ‘Le Sacre’, 1972) – provides the framework for ‘TANZ’, the new creation of Austrian choreographer Florentina Holzinger. Holzinger is renowned for her powerful physical performances. 

With a cast of women between the ages of twenty and eighty, all of whom have different backgrounds in dance, ‘TANZ’ examines the legacy of dance. How can the cult of beauty inherent in this tradition be reconciled with the present?

The performers undergo rigorous training in “action ballet”, the so-called “sylphic studies”. In joint rituals, they learn to master their bodies and minds, and they acquire supernatural powers, such as flying. In an operatic setting, brutal parodies of sensationalist images emerge, as seen in ballet, comedy and pornography.

Please note that a number of scenes contain very explicit nudity, intense self-pain and blood. This can be disturbing for some spectators. Strobe lighting effects are used and smoking on stage. This performance is suitable for 18+.


Fri 01 & Sat 02.04 - 20:00 De Vooruit Theaterzaal
PODIUM / dance / performance 
€18 / 14
English spoken
130 min.

“Dans niet zozeer als expressie van absolute vrijheid, maar als een apparaat dat het lichaam verregaand controleert.”

- Charlotte De Somviele, Etcetera


concept, performance & choreography: Florentina Holzinger - performance by & with: Renée Copraij, Trixie Cordua, Evelyn Frantti, Lucifire, Annina Lara, Maria Machaz, Maria Netti Nüganen, Suzn Pasyon, , Laura Stokes, Veronica Thompson & Lydia Darling - video design & live camera: Josefin Arnell - sound design & live sound: Stefan Schneider - light design & technical director: Anne Meeussen - stage design: Nikola Knezevic - dramaturgy: Renée Copraij & Sara Ostertag - coaching: Btissame Amadour, Ghani Minne & Dave Tusk - music coach: Almut Lustig - stunt support: Haeger Stunt & Wireworks - stunt instructors: Stunt Cloud GmbH (Leo Plank, Phong Giang & Sandra Barger) - management: Something Great (Berlin - DE) & DANSCO (Amsterdam - NL) - international distribution: Something Great (Berlin - DE) - production: Spirit - executive production: Laura Andreß - financial administration: Julia Haas/SMART (Vienna - AT) - co-produced by: Tanzquartier Wien (Vienna - AT), Spring Festival (Utrecht - NL), Theatre Rotterdam (Rotterdam - NL), Mousonturm (Frankfurt - DE), Arsenic (Lausanne - CH), Münchner Kammerspiele (Munich - DE), Take Me Somewhere  (Glasgow - UK), Beursschouwburg (Brussels - BE), deSingel (Antwerp - BE), Sophiensaele (Berlin - DE), Frascati Productions (Amsterdam - NL), asphalt Festival (Düsseldorf - DE) & Theater im Pumpenhaus (Muenster - DE) - supported by: O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo - PT), De Châtel Award (NL) & Fondation LUMA (Arles - FR) - thanks to: ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival, the students of Wigs, Make-up & Special Make-up Effects for Stage and Screen, Theaterakademie August Everdin Munich & Mochi Catering Vienna - funded by the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna, the Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria, Performing Arts Fund (NL), Norma fonds (NL) - with the support of: the Republic Austria Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport & Section IV – Arts and Culture - in co-presentation with: CAMPO