Tanz – Eine Sylphidische Träumerei in Stunts
Body Art
Pop culture
Stunt ballet

Motocross-riding sylphs in a spectacular stunt ballet! TANZ is a brutal parody of the ruthless discipline of the romantic ballet tradition and its cultivation of the female body as a functional and sensational “special-effects” machine.

Nov 25 2021 - Nov 26 2021
Kr. 60 - Kr. 170
2 timer
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About the performance

Florentina Holzinger has enriched the international performance scene since 2011 with dizzying acrobatics, muscular female bodies and martial arts fighting scenes – and lots of references to pop and trash culture.
TANZ concludes Holzinger’s trilogy on the body as a spectacle and is a brutal parody of the ruthless discipline and cult of beauty within the romantic ballet tradition.
The framework of TANZ is a ballet class led by Beatrice Cordua – the first ballerina to dance Le Sacre du Printemps naked (Neumeier, 1972). The performers undergo rigorous training in the so-called “sylphic studies”; in a series of collective rituals, they learn to master their body and mind and acquire supernatural powers, including flying. Brutal parodies of exciting and sensational images, as we find them in ballet, comedy and pornography, emerge. The gaze regime is reflected in the character of a porn producer who documents the performance from within.
With an all-female cast between the ages 20-80, all with different backgrounds in dance, TANZ raises questions about the legacy of dance and the body as a spectacle. How does one reconcile with the beauty cult inherent in this tradition?
* The performance contains nudity, portrayals of self-harm and stroboscopic effects.

No admission under 18 years.

The performance is presented i collaboration with Det Frie Felts Festival and is supported by Augustinus Fonden and Statens Kunstfond.


Austrian choreographer Florentina Holzinger studied choreography at the School for New Dance Development. Her artistic work revolves around identity, sexual and physical transgression. Drawing inspiration as much from Viennese Actionism, body art and bodybuilding as from classical ballet, cabaret, circus and martial arts practices, she deconstructs, performance after performance, the very definition of femininity.


Concept, performance, choreography
Florentina Holzinger

Performance by and with
Renée Copraij

Beatrice Cordua

Evelyn Frantti


Lydia Darling

Annina Machaz

Netti Nüganen

Suzn Pasyon

Laura Stokes

Veronica Thompson

Josefin Arnell

Florentina Holzinger 

Video design/Live camera
Josefin Arnell 

Live camera
Jessyca R. Hauser 

Sound design/Sound Technician
Stefan Schneider 

Sound Technician
Isadora Thomasi 

Light design/Technical director
Anne Meeussen 

Technical assistant
Koen Vanneste 

Stage design
Nikola Knezevic 

Stage assistant
Camilla Smolders 

Renée Copraij

Sara Ostertag

Outside eye
Michele Rizzo

Fernando Belfiore

Music coach
Almut Lustig 

Ghani Minne

Dave Tusk

Stunt support
Haeger Stunt & Wireworks 

Stunt instructors
Stunt Cloud GmbH (Leo Plank, Phong Giang, Sandra Barger) 

Theory and research
Anna Leon 

Costume advisor/tailor
Mael Blau 

Prosthetic and Mask
tudents of Wigs, Make-up and Special Make-up Effects for Stage and Screen – Theaterakademie August Everding Munich, Marianne Meinl 

Something Great (Berlin – DE) & DANSCO (Amsterdam – NL) 

International distribution
Something Great (Berlin – DE) & DANSCO (Amsterdam – NL) 


Executive Production
Laura Andreß 

Financial administration
Julia Haas/SMART (Vienna – AT) 

Co-produced by
Spirit (Vienna – AT), Tanzquartier Wien (Vienna – AT), Spring Festival (Utrecht – NL), Productiehuis Theater Rotterdam (Rotterdam – NL), Mousonturm (Frankfurt – DE), Arsenic (Lausanne – CH), Münchner Kammerspiele (Munich – DE), Take Me Somewhere Festival (Glasgow – UK), Beursschouwburg (Brussels, BE), deSingel (Antwerp – BE), Sophiensaele (Berlin – DE), Frascati Productions (Amsterdam -NL), Theater im Pumpenhaus (Muenster – DE), asphalt Festival (Düsseldorf – DE) 

Supported by
O Espaço do Tempo (PT)

Fondation LUMA (FR)

De Châtel Award (NL)

Thanks to
AMPO Gent, ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival, Eva Beresin, Stefanie Leitner, Tanz-Archiv MUK Wien, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Mochi Catering Vienna, Andres Stirn 

Funded by
Cultural Department of the City of Vienna

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

The performance is presented i collaboration with Det Frie Felts Festival and is supported by Augustinus Fonden and Statens Kunstfond.