Overhead Project is acrobat and choreographer duo Tim Behren and Florian Patschovsky. Since 2008 they have been developing pieces on the edge of contemporary circus, dance and performance. Where provocation meets trust, cohesion meets detachment and height meets letting go, their choreographies dissect what lies between two bodies, two human beings.
From 2007 – 2009 Tim and Florian were trained as partner acrobatics duo at Ecole Supérieure des Arts du Cirque (ESAC) in Brussels. In 2008 they became members of Freiburg company HeadFeedHands and part of its collectively-artistic management and expanded the ensemble’s scope with Cologne. Together they developed a stage language which is far from classic circus and results – in the style of French Nouveau Cirque – in an innovative art of motions. In this company they develop three big tour productions. “[How To Be] Almost There” (2011) is one of them. The acrobats’ duet that has emerged from this production wins several international choreographic and audience awards. In 2012 the duo debuts with the label Overhead Project and its short choreography “Eh La”. The cooperation “The boy who cries wolf” with Israeli choreographer Reut Shemesh follows in 2014. Tim and Florian repeatedly dance for other companies, e.g. Stephanie Thiersch / MOUVOIR and DOSSIER 3- D-Poetry/Marion Dieterle.
In “Carnival of the body” Tim and Florian explore the theatrical in wrestling as martial body show. In this production they are not only a well attuned team on stage, they also choreograph themselves for a full-length evening for the very first time. In 2015 the piece was awarded with the “Kölner Tanztheaterpreis”. Overhead Project also debuts as guest choreographer the same year. In summer they create the piece “Penumbra” for Dance Company Nanine Linning / Theater Heidelberg at Heidelberger Schlossfestspiele.
In may 2016 the premiere of “Francis Bacon”, a guest choreography for the dance company Konzert Theater Bern follows.
In November 2015 Overhead Project received the renowned “Förderpreis des Landes NRW” by the ministry of culture. Since 2016 Overhead Project is funded by the four years conceptional support of RheinenergieStiftung Kultur. Since 2018 the compagnie reveives the three years project support oft he City of Cologne as well as the three years excellence funding of the state North Rhine-Westphalia.