Bodies and Structure

Arena / Rita McBride

An organism of bodies and structures emerges

Bodies and Structure

Arena / Rita McBride

The bodies encounter each other as well as the monumental, functional “Arena” sculpture created by American artist Rita McBride. So, for the first time, “Arena” transitions from a museum space into a stage space. Similarly, the choreography, incorporating ten exceptional dancers and their movement tracks, migrates from a flat surface area into the vertical dimension by using “Arena’s” enormous incline. An organism of bodies and structures emerges – indefatigable and fleeting, fragile and resilient. Moments of relationship and communication appear and dissolve again, become visible while others remain invisible.

Bodies and Structure


Premier: 09 – 11 May 2019, tanz nrw, tanzhaus nrw, Duesseldorf, Germany
Duration: 60 min.

Choreography, concept: Alexandra Waierstall; Artistic collaboration: Rita McBride; Collaboration dramaturgy: Marianna Christofides; Composition: Stavros Gasparatos; Light design: Caty Olive; Choreographic collaboration, dance: Harry Koushos; Dance, collaboration: Damien Fournier, Scott Jennings, Georgios Kotsifakis, Bandi Meszerics, Ioanna Paraskevopoulou, Eftychia Stefanou, Karolina Szymura, Emmi Väisänen, Ying Yun Chen; Costumes, staging: Alexandra Waierstall, Horst Weierstall; Collaboration costumes: Lucia Vonrhein, Mareike Nothdurft; Construction management “Arena”: Glen Rubsamen; Construction “Arena”: Paul Budniewski, Timo Lütke Deckenbrock, Benjamin Urzúa; Management: Judith Jaeger; Production assistance: Christoph Speit

Production: Alexandra Waierstall; Coproduction: tanzhaus nrw; Supported by: the Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf, Fonds Darstellende Künste aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Kunststiftung NRW.