stands for performances on the border of contemporary circus and dance – two languages that allow different perspectives on the body and a multidimensional approach towards space and architectural thinking. The works are reflections about the stage as a space of human communication and they deal with political and philosophical phenomena.
The company, directed by choreographer and circus artist Tim Behren, evolved from an intensive acrobatic duo work with co-founder Florian Patschovsky. Today the artistic core team consists of composer Simon Bauer, visual artist Charlotte Ducousso and other longtime collaborators and thinkers from various fields.
Beside their numerous productions, guest choreographies for municipal theaters with large ensembles have been created. The company received multiple international awards and choreography prizes for its works.
How Overhead project developed
From 2007 to 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. From 2016 to 2020 Overhead Project was funded by the four years conceptional support of RheinenergieStiftung Kultur. Today the company receives excellence funding from the state of NRW, the three-year project funding from the city of Cologne, and since 2019, the excellence funding TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund for the project “CircusDanceFestival”.