GANG – the Ensemble

In 2017 the ensemble GANG presented their homonymous first dance piece. Acker Stadt Palast will host the premiere of the ensemble’s second piece, fluGANGst. GANG explores the interplay between individual and group behaviour using a distinct movement language developed from everyday and pure movements and a score of tasks that can only be fulfilled collaboratively. GANG approaches settings and situations to extract movements, spatial patterns, rhythms and dynamics out of which the choreographies are built. María Ferrara leads the project with concepts which are developed by the group. The ensemble draws from common know-how in real-time composition, strongly informed by the postmodern dance currents emerging in New York in the 60s which made the body and its movement the main topic of dance. The result is far from representation yet evocative, the dance is pragmatic and at the same time fresh and lively.

In between personal art about the self and political art about society, GANG offers a non-didactic view of the interplay between individual and group behaviour. Our times require this. Only as a collective can we deal with global issues, and only by being recognized and empowered as persons can we make a meaningful contribution. Both belonging and self-preservation are basic instincts driving our actions. They are not discourse, but a physical fact that can be felt in our bodies. Bodies instinctively understand bodies and that is why such topics can be so naturally conveyed by dance.

The following performers have been part of GANG in different constellations and performances:

Jagna Anderson, Peti Costa, Jenny Döll, María Ferrara, Evan Foster, Thomas Kokkinos-Kennedy, Ingo Reulecke, Ingolf Sessler, Susanne Soldan, Andrew Wass, Jonas Wentritt.

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