Performance, Slovenian premiere
// in English //

TANZ is the third part of the trilogy RecoveryApollonTANZ. The trilogy investigates how the body is cultivated, shaped and transformed through the use of different physical disciplines.

TANZ takes early 19th century romantic ballet as a starting point. It uses the frame of a ballet class guided by Beatrice Schönherr, the first ballerina who danced the Sacre de Printemps naked (John Neumeier, 1972).

The cast includes women between the ages of twenty and eighty, all of whom have different backgrounds in dance. In TANZ, they undergo a rigorous training in the so-called sylphidic studies, raising the question of the legacy of dance and its relation to the cult of beauty. 

In the performance, sensationalist images from ballet, comedy and pornography emerge as brutal parodies. The gaze regime finds its reflection in the character of a porn producer who documents the performance.

TANZ is a quest for perfection, transforming the gross into the sublime.


Performance contains nudity and stroboscopic effects. In some scenes self-harming acts are portrayed, which could have a disturbing effect on some viewers.


Concept, performance, choreography: Florentina Holzinger; Performance by and with Renée Copraij, Beatrice Cordua, Evelyn Frantti, Lucifire, Lydia Darling, Annina Machaz,  Netti Nüganen, Suzn Pasyon, Laura Stokes, Veronica Thompson; video design, live camera: Josefin Arnell; sound design, live sound: Stefan Schneider; light design, technical director: Anne Meeussen; technical assistant: Koen Vanneste; stage design: Nikola Knezevic; stage assistant: Camilla Smolders, dramaturgy: Renée Copraij, Sara Ostertag; outside eye: Michele Rizzo, Fernando Belfiore; music coach: Almut Lustig; coaching: Ghani Minne, Dave Tusk; stunt support: Haeger Stunt & Wireworks; stunt instructors: Stunt Cloud GmbH (Leo Plank, Phong Giang, Sandra Barger); theory and research: Anna Leon; costume advisor/tailor: Mael Blau; prosthetic and mask: Students of Wigs, Make-up and Special Make-up Effects for Stage and Screen - Theaterakademie August Everding Munich, Marianne Meinl.

 Management: Something Great (Berlin) & DANSCO (Amsterdam); international distribution: Something Great (Berlin); production: Spirit; executive production: Laura Andreß; financial administration: Julia Haas/SMART (Wien). Co-produced by: Tanzquartier Wien (Wien), Spring Festival (Utrecht), Theatre Rotterdam (Rotterdam), Mousonturm (Frankfurt), Arsenic (Lausanne), Münchner Kammerspiele (München), Take Me Somewhere Festival (Glasgow), Beursshouwburg (Brussels), deSingel (Antwerp), Sophiensaele (Berlin), Frascati Productions (Amsterdam), Theater im Pumpenhaus (Münster), asphalt Festival (Düsseldorf).

 Supported by: O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo), Fondation LUMA (Arles) and De Châtel Award (NL). Thanks to: CAMPO Gent, ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival, Eva Beresin, Stefanie Leitner, Tanz-Archiv MUK Wien, Stimuleringsfonds Creative Industries, Mochi Catering Vienna, Andres Stirn.

Funded by: The Cultural Department of the City of Vienna, Performing Arts Fund NL. 

Organized by: City of Women; in co-operation with: Kino Šiška; supported by: Ministry of Culture, City of Ljubljana, Dance on Tour Austria.