In this brilliant solo on the theme of dementia, the German choreographer Helena Waldmann takes the audience on an emotional journey, subtly playing with theatricality and diverse styles of dance. A bittersweet piece performed by the astounding dancer Brit Rodemund.
“Helena Waldmann manages to render moments of mental absence tangible by means of movement, with the dancer fluctuating between an aesthetic staging of herself and the loss of dignity. No surprise then that the protean Brit Rodemund was named Dancer of the Year in 2011 by the magazine Tanz.” (Westfälische Nachrichten, Munster, Germany)
“Helena Waldmann’s work is a godsend for the theatre. This Berlin-based choreographer is a magician of the stage who knows that a work is only successful when it is able to conjure up illusion. However, her critical intelligence also goes beyond the mechanisms of the theatre to question social and political conventions. In Waldmann’s work, thought and sensuality go hand in hand. In Get a Revolver, Waldmann explores forgetting as a positive, liberating function of the human brain, sensing that the secret to happiness might lie there. With the superb dancer Brit Rodemund, she has created a grotesque yet humorous work, a reflection on restraints and the efforts to overcome them, using ballet as a symbol for the rigours that life demands of us. During the 60 minutes of the performance Brit Rodemund becomes her own twin – a classical ballerina with dazzling presence, and then a searcher for whom everything, even her own body or a plastic bag, is a source of wonder. She is very much aware of the balancing act between a thirst for discovery and the depths of madness. Even in difficult moments, she gives her character the dignity a person needs to remain human.” (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Stuttgart, Germany)
Despite the knowledge that a revolver might entail a departure from a world she no longer understands, she is still able to laugh about the possible liberation contained in forgetting. Is one then really lost to the world when memory is freed from the demands of this world?
Photo 1 © Sebastian Bolesch. Interprète Brit Rodemund.
Photo 2 © Oskar Henn. Interprète Brit Rodemund.
© Tina Ruisinger.
The independent German choreographer, set designer and director Helena Waldmann was born in 1962.After theatre studies at the University of Giessen, she focused on social problems in total works of art that burst the boundaries of dance theatre. She presented her first pieces in the 1990s in German state theatres under masters such as Heiner Müller, George Tabori and Gerhard Bohner, followed by several years at the Mousonturm in...Read more about Helena Waldmann
Concept, Direction, Choreography Helena Waldmann.
Dance Brit Rodemund.
Dramaturgy Dunja Funke.
Music Gustav Mahler, Johann Strauss, Zeitkratzer, Nat King Cole.
Lighting Herbert Cybulska.
Costume Mari Krautschick.
Choreographic collaboration Tim Plegge.
Get a Revolver is a production by Helena Waldmann and Ecotopia Danse Productions.
In coproduction with Dance 2010, Festspiele Ludwigshafen im Theater im Pfalzbau, Forum Freieis Theater Düsseldorf, Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg, Hellerau- Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden, O Espaço do Tempo Montemor-O-Novo.