Schön Anders (Beautifully Different)  

A dance piece about the search for identity and a feeling of belonging for everyone aged 6+


Group behaviour shapes us. People are herd animals, they protect and organize themselves in class groups, leisure clubs, in communities of states and unions. But what happens when the individual leaves the group? Or in other words: What if the individual recognizes himself
and wants to live that? Is it exposed defencelessly to the rest of the group if it leaves the group - even if it is quite different?

Choreographer Ceren Oran, together with a multicultural team, translates these questionsinto dance and music. Five male and female performers and one musician introduce theirown experiences of otherness and belonging into the production process. In a playful,humorous and touching way, they embark on a research journey into different emotionalvalues. The piece is aimed at families with children from 6 years of age.

The rehearsal process took place in Munich and in a residence at Neot Samandar Kibbutz,the home of the Israeli dancer Roni Sagi. Besides the rehearsals, all participants alsoexperienced how it is to live in a kibbutz, in a community. The artists observed individualrelationships and group behaviour in everyday life and incorporated these observations intotheir rehearsals. In Munich, school classes and an adult test audience were part of therehearsal process.

Artistic Direction, Choreography, Dance: Ceren Oran

Choreography, Dance: Roni Sagi, Maria Casares González, Jin Lee, Jovana Zelenović

Composition & Live Music: Benny Omerzell
Costume: Sigrid Wurzinger Light: Dennis Dieter Kopp
Dramaturgic Accompaniment: Moos van den Broek
Artistic Production Management: Rat & Tat Kulturbüro
PR: Simone Schulte-Aladag & Pfau PR

Lenght: 40 Min + 15 min Artist-Talk with the audience (optional)

Premiere: Donnerstag, 6. Februar 2020,
Hoch X, Theater & Live Art Munich

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„ …For 'Schön anders', Oran and her international team rehearsed for several weeks in thekibbutz where her probably most loyal co-dancer Roni Sagi is at home. There, theyexperienced that older kids also respond to the piece, which was originally designed for six-year-olds. After attending a rehearsal, one thing is certain: What is told here without wordsand figures about the friction between the self and the world, about trendsetting andcrossing boundaries, should be seen by everyone. Because the 40-minute piece iswonderfully unpretentious and funny. And because everything is so finely crafted, from thegradual composition of a common language of movement to the growing out of minimaldeviations to downright outbursts, as if the people on the otherwise empty stage werebound to each other through an invisible thread. The music that Austrian pianist BennyOmerzell coaxes from his keyboard also spins along this thread. Initially dull, stumblingheartbeats, then almost futuristic and finally increasingly warm, flowing sounds accompanythe dance. Sound, light, costumes and movement: ...everything comes from one source …'
Sabine Leucht Sueddeutsche Zeitung, 06 February 2020

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''It leaves you childishly amazed how the 35-year-old - often dancer, choreographer and sound painter in personal union - lovingly tweaks her works and always finds a way to concentrate on a certain focus. Or she consistently pushes the play with a prop to the limit of possible variations of use. In a way that rarely strays too far from dance as a medium and mediating element of communication between performers and audience.
”Schön Anders” unfolds into a charming and amusing motoric treatise on group behaviour and otherness, on finding identity and belonging. With the help of Sigrid Wurzinger's costumes, which are uniform only in colour, and composer Benny Omerzell live on the key and knocking soundboard, ”Schön Anders” is a humorous, abstract and impressive dance performance. …”
Vesna Mlaka, Tanznetz 10 February 2020


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