Slapstück, 2015

Site specific, Kaserne, Basel CH


Sixteen kids at the age of 11-12 years old interact incessantly, without interruption. They reproduce a dialogue between sound - action, movement - re-action and vice versa. Sound and movement, create connections, which invite us to the phenomenon of the uniqueness of the moment.

SlapStück is a subversive, dance performance on the verge of playful philosophical reflection and kinetic experiment. Its inspired by slapstick (silent) films.

It explores the limits of interpretation of movement, the permeability of the viewer's perceptual capacity, the problem of simultaneous operation of movement, object, sound and the (multiple) hybrid forms that can be obtained from coupling them. It’s not a dance piece, as it is more commonly known to the average viewer, nor theatrical performance. However, movement and sound dynamically interact, grapple, merge and ultimately determine the essence of the whole work.

Concept, Choreography: Kiriakos Hadjiioannou
With: Class 5F / Primary School Lange Heid, Münchenstein
Dramaturgy: Anna Papst
Music: Martin Wyss
Set Design: Martina Ehleiter
Artistic Collaboration: Dominique Cardito
Production Management: Franziska Schmidt / Strangerincompany
With: Class 5F / Primary School Lange Heid, Münchenstein
Classroom Teacher: Dominic Walser
Photo / Trailer: Guillaume Musset

A Production by Kiriakos Hadjiioannou in co-production with Kaserne Basel and Reso Dance Network Switzerland


Photos © Guillaume Musset