The Worlds of Infinite Shifts

Three dancers heroically go through emotional and existential processes again and again.

They appear and disappear, awaken and surrender, hold tight and let go. 
Determined by their own limits, they embody powerful velocity or extreme physical 
slowness, cut the space full of uncertainty or celebrate the body with all its freedoms.

“ANNNA³. The Worlds of Infinite Shifts” is the name of the current work by Düsseldorf choreographer Alexandra Waierstall, who, since the group piece “A CITY SEEKING
ITS BODIES” (2015), has been engaged in an intensive and fruitful collabo­ration with Düsseldorf composer and pianist Volker Bertelmann aka HAUSCHKA, and is now working with French lighting designer Caty Olive for the first time.

Together with the dancers Sita Ostheimer, Anna Pehrsson and Karolina Szymura, 
they interweave movements with repetitive and varying materialities, sound and mood relationships and create physical land-scapes of the past and the future, 
of archaeology and utopia. In several 
breaths, the bodies become places of re-flection, connectedness and resistance.
In these constantly changing and fluctuating situations, that which has been fatefully fore-shadowed appears and
 introduces scenarios that reveal what could have been or what could have become.

The Worlds of Infinite Shifts

Performance: 19 + 20 June / Peiraios 260 (D), Athens Epidaurus Festival 2021, Athens, Greece
Duration: 50 min.
People on tour: 7

Production: Alexandra Waierstall; Coproduction: Beethovenfest Bonn, Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, tanzhaus nrw, Dancegate Lefkosia Cyprus; Supported by: the Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf, Kunststiftung NRW; With support of: Discovery Artist 2017-2019 at Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth England

Choreography, concept: Alexandra Waierstall; Composition: Volker Bertelmann / HAUSCHKA; Dance, collaboration: Ying Yun Chen, Ioanna Paraskevopoulou, Karolina Szymura; Artistic collaboration: Marianna Christofides; Light design: Caty Olive; Technical manager: Niko Moddenborg; Costumes, stage: Alexandra Waierstall, Horst Weierstall; Collaboration costumes, stage: Lucia Vonrhein; Management Alexandra Waierstall: Judith Jaeger; Agent HAUSCHKA: Annette Gentz Music & Film Arts

The Worlds of Infinite Shifts

Reviews Premier

„Music, dance, light and choreography result in a wonderful dance piece that is both striking and full of energy.“ Clemens Victor Henle, Rheinische Post, 29.09.2018

„Alexandra Waierstall creates a world of her own here, without being fixed in space or time, with a strong physicality and presence, supported by the electronic music specially created for the piece by HAUSCHKA. This has great suggestive power, so that the audience follows the events on stage spellbound until the end.“ Dagmar Kurtz,

„Infinite Shifts, the subtitle of the new piece by Alexandra Waierstall at the Tanzhaus is skillfully chosen. In „ANNNA³“, music and movement develop bit by bit in precise coordination – sometimes in waves, sometimes in phrases and longer periods of time.“ Julia Nimführ, Westdeutsche Zeitung, 30.09.2018

„In this process, the naked bodies form potentials that realize the space and make it present in a special way by playing on it. Through the complex and multi-layered lighting design, however, the space itself becomes an effective actor in its own right“. Christina Sandmeyer,

„Caty Olive’s brilliant lighting design stands out right from the start. She has installed nine spotlights on the floor on the left and eight on the right, which illuminate three upright sails on the left and a landscape sail under the ceiling on the right. A few additional ceiling spotlights are used selectively and sparingly, for example to create reflections in the background or to set a dance solo in special light. In this way, Olive achieves effects that go far beyond the usual scope of dance performances and repeatedly create new ‚worlds‘. The reason for the particular attention paid to the lighting becomes clear in the course of the performance when it comes to the artistic presentation of nudity“. Michael S. Zerban, O-Ton – Kulturmagazin mit Charakter, 15.09.2018

„Muscles and bones, curves and edges, flowing in ever new images, illuminated later in skin steeped in a pattern of light. There is something archaic about it. The boundaries between performance and dance disappear. It will be interesting to see how Waierstall’s dramaturgically sensitive work develops.“ Julia Nimführ, Westdeutsche Zeitung, 1.10.2018

„Instead, she is evolving slowly and carefully. Her material is becoming finer and more precise. Now and then one is tempted to speak of poetry. This becomes particularly obvious when she counteracts the voyeuristic element by letting her dancers jump. After this premiere, one looks forward to her taking the next step […].” Michael S. Zerban, O-Ton – Kulturmagazin mit Charakter, 15.09.2018