Europe’s provocative choreographers Holzinger & Riebeek shook up Transform 16 with the UK premiere of Schönheitsabend (A Beautiful Evening). By popular demand, they return to Leeds to open this year’s festival.
In the radical duo’s first group show, an extraordinary ensemble of performers participate in a surreal training course of fitness, psychotherapy, beauty pageants, sex and yoga; striving to become their own versions of Miss and Mister Universe. Wellness is a dizzying mix of pop-culture, performance art and dance that boldly investigates the body culture of our times.
“They do it differently. They turn the rules upside down…if for only one second of our lives we could be as free as they are!”
Warning: Contains nudity, scenes of a sexually explicit nature, and strobe lighting.
Age guidance: 18+
Running time: 75 mins
Photo Credit: Phile Deprez
Produced by CAMPO (Gent), FFT (Düsseldorf), Theater im Pumpenhaus (Münster), Gessnerallee (Zürich), Mousonturm (Frankfurt), SPRING Performing Arts Festival (Utrecht) and Spielart Festival (Munich). Performances at Transform 17 presented by CAMPO and Transform, in collaboration with Northern School of Contemporary Dance.