‘Normal Dance’ | Antonia Baehr

BoueeHorizon_webresidência de criação no CAPa – 14 a 25 Abril 2016 – estúdio 1

With ‘Normal Dance‘, Antonia Baehr who has been working as a choreographer since about fifteen years, will sign her first dance piece. ‘Normal Dance’ is a dance trio that strives to integrate into the avant-garde of contemporary dance. She invites two friends to dance who have much in common with her; Mirjam Junker and Pia Thilmann. The three of them are based in Berlin and share the fact that their bodies are not trained for the type of activity usually required by contemporary stage dance. The three of them share the embodiment of female masculinity: firm grips, grounded supports, strength, bigness. It’s a trio for three butches who are butches, but at the same time they are many other things. The dance is written based on the three performers’ corporality, morphology and motor functions.

Dance and music occur in the same time and space, but run independently of one another. The music is a record-collection of contemporary experimental music by female composers produced for the occasion and spined live by Djane CC emperatriz. Emperatriz plays different pieces in a different order at every performance.
The audience is invited to sit around the dance, in proximity to it.

“You look ridiculous if you dance. You look ridiculous if you don’t dance. So you might as well dance.” —- Gertrude Stein, Three Lives

Concept and choreography: Antonia Baehr
Created with and performed by: Antonia Baehr, Mirjam Junker, Pia Thilmann
Artistic assistant: Valérie Castan
Technical direction and sound design: Carola Caggiano
Light design: Sylvie Garot
Warmup and coaching: Valérie Castan, Lee Meier, Maya Weinberg
Production management: Xenia Leydel
Internship: Joana Tischkau
Production: Alexandra Wellensiek / make up productions
Coproduction: HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Schwankhalle (Bremen), DeVIR/CAPa – Centro de Artes Performativas do Algarve (Residency)
Supported by: Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin
Thank you to: Les Femmes Savantes, Jack Smith, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Pauline Oliveros, Irene Revell (electra), Ida Wilde (Keren Ida Nathan), a.o.
Premiere: 2.-5.06.2016


The work we represent falls in between categories of art genres as well as categories of gender. This falling in between is due to complex strategies of appropriation within these categories and conventions. > We appropriate professions, like choreographer, dancer, musician, names and biographies, in order to pursue our fantasies. > We play switching power-games of giving instructions and executing them and we look how it feels. We make temporary contracts concerning collaboration forms or social structures. > We research the fiction of everyday-life performance and the fiction of theatre. > We make the pieces we would like to see and haven’t seen yet. 
– excerpt from make up production’s manifesto, in full length
on www.make-up-productions.net

Antonia Baehr is a choreographer and a filmmaker. Her works explore the fiction of the everyday and of the theatre, among other themes. She works together with various partners, frequently in the form of role-play: from project to project, each participant alternately takes on the role of either guest or host. Baehr studied film and media arts at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin, with Valie Export (1996) and received her Master’s at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with Lin Hixson. Since 2006, she has taught as guest professor at several European colleges. She has taken part in diverse group exhibitions (re.act.feminism, Center for Contemporary Arts Estonia Tallinn, Museo de Arte do Rio, MACBA Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, et al.); in 2012 the Neue Kunstverein Gießen showed her work in a solo exhibition. From 2006 to 2008 Antonia Baehr was associate artist at the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers. From March to May 2013, The Beursschouwburg, Brussels, presented a programme comprising performances and films as well as an exhibition: “make up: at Antonia Baehr and Werner Hirsch’s table”. The works shown included those of artists who have worked over many years in various roles together with Hirsch and Baehr, as well as numerous works by Hirsch und Baehr themselves. In 2008, her book “Rire / Laugh / Lachen” was published, and the new book “Abedecarium Bestiarium – Portraits of affinities in animal metaphors” was published in 2014. Her productions include “Holding Hands” (2001); “Un après-midi” (2003); “Cat Calendar” (2004), with Antonija Livingstone; “Larry Peacock” (2005), coproduced by Andrea Neumann and Sabine Ercklentz; “Merci” (2006); “Rire / Laugh / Lachen” (2008); “Over The Shoulder” (2009); “For Faces” (2010); “My Dog is My Piano” (2012); “Abedecarium Bestiarium” (2013); and “The Wildes” (2014), coproduced by Keren Ida Nathan (Ida Wilde) and Henry Wilde (Antonia Baehr). End of January 2015 “Des miss et des mystères premiered at Kampnagel, Hamburg, co-authored by Antonia Baehr and Valérie Castan. In collaboration with Sabine Ercklentz, Baehr produced “Abecedarium Bestiarium. Affinitäten in Tiermetaphern”, a feature for WDR 3 that was broadcast in February 2015; and in June 2015, “Misses und Mysterien” was broadcast as a radio play on WDR 3. Baehr is the producer of the horse whisperer and dancer Werner Hirsch, the musician and choreographer Henri Fleur, the composer Henry Wilt and the husband Henry Wilde.


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