Bodies and Structure

Arena / Rita McBride

An organism of bodies and structures emerges

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

Arena / Rita McBride

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.

On Bodies and Structure


Alexandra Waierstall and Rita McBride

Alexandra Waierstall and Stavros Gasparatos

Costumes Lucia Vonrhein

Scott Jennings I

Scott Jennings II

Eftychia Stefanou  on „Don’t we (the audience) intrude in the private space of the dancer when we look at them dancing naked?“