About the production
In this extraordinary pas de deux, dancer Mijin Kim and acrobat Leon Börgens navigate human patterns of encounter and intimacy. With humor and an unusual repertoire of movements, they traverse a playing field of trust in order to strike the right note with each other.
"Blueprint" plays with gestures of invitation, confrontation and provocation. It is a pas de deux in which contemporary circus and dance keep pace with each other. The pas de deux, a dance duet, usually marks the climax and signature of a piece in the classical sense. In "Blueprint", the Cologne-based company Overhead Project literally turns existing ideas of the danced duo on their head. The two virtuosos test the limits of their physical strength to the point of exhaustion and skillfully direct our gaze through the stage space. They glide over the movements and body parts that unconsciously shape our interpretations of people.
The basic structures of human communication are remixed and rearranged in a range that extends from caring to lust to brutality. In the process, small and large gestures emerge that remain in our minds as images, shake up our cultural memory and encourage us to enter into encounters with one another. Like a hand reaching into the hair. Like putting on glittering armor for each other. Like the everyday practice of raising your eyes, letting them wander or hiding them.
The music composed especially for the piece creates almost three-dimensional spaces. Composer Simon Bauer erects walls, builds bridges and draws canyons of sound between the audience and the pulsating bodies. Thus, the music invites the audience to immerse themselves in the universe of this physical dialog.
"Blueprint" marks the conclusion of Overhead Project's trilogy "Human, Hyperobject and Transformation". Once again, the company continues to develop its unusual movement repertoire at the interface between contemporary circus and dance under the artistic direction of choreographer and circus artist Tim Behren.
Artistic direction, Choreography: Tim Behren
Performance, Creation: Mijin Kim, Leon Börgens
Music composition: Simon Bauer
Light & stage design: Moritz Bütow, Birk-André Hildebrandt
Costume design: Fa-Hsuan Chen
Dramaturgy: Anna Menzel
Outside Eye, Sensitivity Reading: Julia Mischke, Senja Brütting
Technical direction: Philipp Zander
Production management: Lisa Lehnen
Public Relations, Management: Mechtild Tellmann
International relations: Valentina Barone
Partners & Supporters
Co-produced by LOFFT – DAS THEATER Leipzig, EinTanzhaus Mannheim and studiobühneköln. Supported by the residency programme at PACT Zollverein (Essen), funded by the Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Supported by the Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Cultural Office of the City of Cologne/Köln, Fonds Darstellende Künste (Konzeptionsförderung) with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media within the framework of NEUSTART KULTUR, Cultural Office of the City of Leipzig and by LaFT BW e.V. from state funds approved by the Baden-Württemberg state parliament.
The research that preceded the project concept was made possible by a Flausen / Take Heart residency, funded by the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR.