theatercombinat | 15th/16th/18th march 2018 – performance, in the framework of tanzplattform deutschland 2018, kokerei zollverein, essen (d)| 17th – 19th november 2016 – world premiere, in the framework of "international coproductions. living dead - spukgestalten im theater der gegenwart", FFT duesseldorf (d). the last IDEAL PARADISE by claudia bosse / theatercombinat.

sprache/language: deutsch/english


press review (pdf)

tv report about the tanzplattform 2018, wdr

review
"on the last IDEAL PARADISE and the potential for political theater" by noah zeldin

part of the cycle: (katastrophen 11/15) ideal paradise

further projects in the series IDEAL PARADISE:
- a first step to IDEAL PARADISE
- a second step to IDEAL PARADISE
- a third step to IDEAL PARADISE
- urban laboratory IDEAL PARADISE
- IDEAL PARADISE clash
- IDEAL PARADISE
- IDEAL PARADISE shifting space
- urban laboratory IDEAL PARADISE ukraine

in the hangar and the spaces of the former loading station of the postal service the steps of the rampant process of IDEAL PARADISE and its several steps will be brought together. IDEAL PARADISE has begun as an insallation with interviews from cairo and athens reflecting the political situations, crises and social upheavals and thinking about religion, democracy, ways of living, concepts of freedom and political alternatives. it played on 6 acoustically arranged and speaking spaces of the weltmuseum vienna in the new hofburg using the material from the ethnographic collection, objects and videos; burst into the city nomadically; made a stop off at tanzquartier vienna; connected informed spaces and a a fallow site in a urban composition and recently unfolded a performative landscape in bucharest.


together with a choir of citizens from duesseldorf and the performers léonard bertholet (d), robert jackson (e), rotraud kern, mun wai lee (e), alexandra sommerfeld, florian tröbinger and ilse urbanek the regimes of our present and possibilities of living together are questioned and a work by claudia bosse evolves about social constellations, rituals and political thoughts. the last IDEAL PARADISE is an installation, a choreography, a performance, an inventory of a working process, that is combining the political present and history with rituals and myths, negotiating terrorism, territory and appropriation, projections and constellations of our cultural and political (un)conscious. a multi media space with sounds by günther auer, videos, objects, changing constellations, language, choric speech, with texts of genesis, by judith butler and étienne balibar, movement and encounters. a journey through a working process and spaces that were used to send objects and messages into the world.


IDEAL PARADISE @ tanzplattform 2018, kokerei zollverein, salzlager. photo: christian schuller, click to view photo series

IDEAL PARADISE,former postal loading service düsseldorf, 2016. photo: claudia bosse, click to view photo series

concept/space/ objects/ choreography: claudia bosse; sound/media: günther auer; performance: léonard bertholet (d), robert jackson (e), rotraud kern, mun wai lee (e), alexandra sommerfeld, florian tröbinger, ilse urbanek; choir: uwe bähr, sven bernick (e), hannelore bohm, izabela folek, rosemarie hofsess-kerkhoff, jürgen klein, werner klüfer, mathias meis, verena meis, inge müller, georg nocke, judith pieper, lena roord (e), sina-marie schneller (d); critical witness: kathrin tiedemann; assistant: dagmar tröstler (e), vicky klug (d); technical director: marco tölzer; choir coordination: sina-marie schneller (d); communication/dramaturgical assistant: vicky klug (e), anna etteldorf (d); administration: roma janus (e), margot wehinger (d)

a production by theatercombinat, a coproduction with FFT dusseldorf, supported by wien kultur. the working cycle IDEAL PARADISE is coproduced by FFT dusseldorf, tanzquartier vienna, ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival 2015, weltmuseum wien, donaufestival 2015.

project partners of the overall project (katastrophen 11/15) ideal paradise are tanzquartier vienna, FFT dusseldorf, donaufestival, supported by wien kultur, kunststiftung NRW and NPN nationales performance netz in the framework of the series "DECOLONIZE! performative strategies for a (post)colonial age" at FFT, ashkal alwan, CLUSTER, szenenwechsel (robert bosch foundation), workspacebrussels.


the last IDEAL PARADISE
performance
in the framework of tanzplattform deutschland 2018
15th march 2018, 5pm
16th march 2018, 3pm
18th march 2018, 2pm

salzlager, kokerei zollverein
arendahls wiese
areal c, building 88
45141 essen (d)


world premiere
17th – 19th november 2016, 7pm
in the framework of "international coproductions. living dead - spukgestalten im theater der gegenwart", FFT duesseldorf. former postal loading service, kölner straße 114, 40227 duesseldorf

director of photography: tom jasny, editor: juliana lindenhofer


the last IDEAL PARADISE is part of the series IDEAL PARADISE, that is the last chapter of the research cycle (katastrophen 11/15) ideal paradise that has started in 2013 dealing with the configuration of the (political) reality and its ideological constructions. (katastrophen 11/15) ideal paradise by claudia bosse and a group of international artists, dancers, performers and theoreticians investigates the structure of catastrophe as a tipping point of society and generates several formats like performances, choreographies, theatre works, installations, interventions, lectures and workshops. sometimes the collection of interviews, some democratic fictions, that has been emerging in collaboration with günther auer since 2011 and consists of personal conversations about democracy, freedom, terrorism, state, history, identity conducted in cities like new york, tunis, cairo, frankfurt, zagreb, tel aviv, brussels and beirut.


PREVIOUS PROJECTS IN THE CYCLE (katastrophen 11/15) IDEAL PARADISE:
method body / lecture by claudia bosse in the framework of scores "intact bodies". thoughts meet space in may / june 2013 was an installation in 18 different spaces where the interviews were confronted with media scenarios of spelling reality. here, for the first time, the majority of the archive material became part of this artistic operation called “thoughts meet space”, as a virtual space of three-dimensional thought presented in the old customs canteen in vienna accompanied by 2 performances in relation to the installation the breath of thoughts and death as well as closing act as a coproduction with tanzquartier vienna. the installation thoughts meet space beirut in october was a continuation of that artistic method and presents parts of the archive material combined with photos and objects created and collected in beirut as well as interviews. (in)valid bodies, lecture by claudia bosse in november 2013 in the framework of the symposium "public bodies", FFT dusseldorf and heinrich heine university. showing and discussion in december 2013 / the rehearsals of what about catastrophes? in the framework of the seminary "aesthetic and poetic" - performance theory and -praxis" of the university vienna, monika meister / daniela pillgrab. katastrophen: momente des umschlags in december 2013 was a research workshop by claudia bosse at tanzquartier wien. in a one-week working situation a group of artists and theoreticians met in order to concern themselves with the function and structure of catastrophe in our society, based on their respective artistic, compositional, urban or philosophical practice and based on their methods and materials. with guenther auer, claudia bosse, alain franco, omar nagati, sandra noeth and marcus steinweg. in april 2014 was the world premiere of what about catastrophes? with 4 performances at tanzquartier vienna. in september 2014 in dusseldorf was the world premiere of catastrophic paradise in coproduction with FFT dusseldorf in the framework of the series "DECOLONIZE! performative strategies for a (post)colonial age". in this context took place the symposium politics of paradise and catastrophes. thoughts meet space athens in october was a site-specific multimedia installation at Bhive in athens, turning the neoclassical villa into a talking house, speaking with voices of the transnational archive of thoughts. the installation thoughts meet space cairo presented at hotel viennoise the nomadic archive. for the second time interviews had been conducted in cairo after 2011. the installation was accompanied by a 5 day event called reflection zone that functions as a discursive and performative salon with contributions of artists and theoreticians based in cairo. in march 2015 the performance catastrophic paradise was translated from the version for a complex, multi-part building into a version for the specific conditions of tqw / halle G. in april / may 2015, at the donaufestival in krems the performance and installation a first step to IDEAL PARADISE created a workroom about rituals and political thought. this work was the first sketch for the new production IDEAL PARADISE, the last part in the overall project of (katastrophen 11/15) ideal paradise. the next step in this series took place at ImPulsTanz festival 2015: alongside the topics colonialism, cultural projection, construction of ideology(ies) and ideal communities the installation a second step to IDEAL PARADISE created walk-in narrations in an ensemble of spaces in the weltmuseum vienna. in a third step to IDEAL PARADISE this installation became a score of a choreographed performance. as performative practice urban laboratory IDEAL PARADISE intervened from october until december 2015 in different spaces in vienna and translated the experiences and materials of the former steps of IDEAL PARADISE as methodical intrusions into the city. in IDEAL PARADISE clash the absent spaces of the previous interventions and performative installations were interrelated in the theatre space of tanzquartier vienna's halle G through sound-recordings, choreographic compositions and body memories. the nomadic urban composition IDEAL PARADISE was spread into the city and played as a choreography of cohabitation and utopian togetherness on different places like a fallow site in the 6th viennese district, the hangar of the second hand shop carla mittersteig, the belvedere and the paths in between. in bucharest IDEAL PARADISE shifting space unfolded an installation that became a performance. urban laboratory IDEAL PARADISE ukraine is built on the performative practice in vienna and will examine the until 2017 the public space in lviv and kiev, taking into account the architectural, political and legal situation in the ukraine. thoughts meet space cairo in vienna was a laboratory and a walk-in installation as a continuation of the same-named installation that was taking place in cairo and was presented at tqw in november 2016 as a research and installation with live performance. as the final project of the cycle the last IDEAL PARADISE brought together the several steps and the material of the rampant series IDEAL PARADISE in the former loading station in dusseldorf.


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