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ORGANISATION (2015)

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Im Solo Organisation stellt sich Chris Leuenberger der Aufgabe sein Leben auf die Reihe zu kriegen. Mit Hilfe von Ausdruckstanz, Yoga und Jodeltechniken rettet er sich aus einer vermeintlichen Midlife-Crisis, in welcher seine Karriere und sein Selbstwertgefühl an einer Überdosis von Möglichkeiten und mangelnder Entscheidungsfähigkeit in die Brüche zu gehen droht.

Deshalb beschränkt er sich in Organisation auf einen einfachen Rhythmus, der durch diverse Atem- und Körpergeräusche sowie dynamische Schrittfolgen stets aufs Neue und präzise wie ein Uhrwerk in den Raum gezeichnet wird. Nach Halt und Ordnung suchend, verschreibt er sich ganz und gar dem Bodenständigen und Beschaulichen, das einem sich wiederholenden Rhythmus innewohnt.

Dem Publikum erschliesst sich ein stets komplexer werdendes Organisationssystem, das mit Atem, Stimme und Bewegungsrhythmen eine eigens komponierte Partitur generiert.

Tanz, Choreografie Chris Leuenberger

Dramaturgie Igor Dobricic

Oeil Exterieur Cynthia Gonzales, Simone Truong

Musik Thomas Jeker

Licht Pablo Weber Fernandez

Produktion Sabine Jud

Unterstützung Dampfzentrale Bern, Tanzhaus Zürich, Residenz Tanz Leuk, deVIR CAPa Faro

gefördert durch Kultur Stadt Bern, Kultur Kanton Bern,                                                                         Burgergemeinde Bern, Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art

Dank an Jenny Beyer, Carla Doorn, Cosima Grand, Julia Kathriner, Catja Löpfe, Matthew Rogers, Marcel Schwald, Nina Wollny, Sumi Yang

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SOPLO DE VIDA (2012)

«Hemos bailado en el bosque con nuestras hermanas.

Hemos inhalado el perfume de sociedades matriarcales.

Hemos dado a luz, sobrevivido y transformado el mundo.»

Seis mujeres bailan la música de su propio aliento. Empujadas por el ritmo de su respiración, transcurren por movimientos e imágenes que evocan pertenencia y comunidad. Uniéndose con mujeres a través de la historia – desde las brujas de la Edad Media, pasando por las desnudas de las bellas artes hasta las modelos de hoy en día – van agotando el canon de la feminidad e interpelando a su género.

Concepto y dirección: Chris Leuenberger

Interpretes creadoras: Ruth Ferrari, Vera Garat, Tamara Gómez, Lilén Halty, Cecilia Lussheimer, Lucía Valeta

Colaboración en dramaturgia: Catalina Chouhy

Diseño de iluminación: Leticia Skricky

Fotografía: Nacho Correa

Producción: PAR | Programa Artistas en Residencia

Apoyos: Fundación ITAÚ, Embajada de Suiza en Uruguay, Kultur Stadt Bern, Kultur Kanton Bern

Esta obra fue creada en el marco de PAR | Programa Artistas en residencia. Este programa busca fomentar la creación y producción artística de danza contemporánea, invitando a coreógrafos extranjeros y nacionales a producir obras en residencia. Proyecto apoyado por el FI con sede en el Taller de danza y creación Casarrodante.

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HAUT (2011)

Since their early collaborations choreographers Jenny Beyer and Chris Leuenberger have examined the relationship of image and movement. With HAUT they place themselves in the fine arts tradition where the skin has always been a subject of visual reflection. While folding their insides and outsides, the dancers encounter the foreignness of their own bodies. HAUT is a farewell to all things slick, and upon closer inspection it’s the wrinkles that become more and more visible.
Concept / Choreography / Dance: Jenny Beyer, Chris Leuenberger / Make-up Artist: Ioana Rölley / Costume: Adelaida Cue Bär / Stage: Angela Anzi / Sound: Jetzmann / Light: Sofie Thyssen / Dramaturgical Advice: Igor Dobricic, Anne Kersting / Coach: Frederic Giess / Assistance: Rosa Wernecke / Production: Sabine Jud
„Haut“ is a production of Jenny Beyer, Chris Leuenberger Produktionen and  Kampnagel. funded by the Behörde für Kultur und Medien Hamburg, Fonds Darstellende Künste, Stadt Bern and SWISSLOS/Kultur Kanton Bern. 

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GROUPIES (2011)

Eine Produktion von White Horse in Koproduktion mit dem Hebbel am Ufer Berlin und der Dampfzentrale Bern. Gefördert durch den Hauptstadtkulturfonds.
photo: Andre Wunstorf
Glaube findet im Körper statt: ob Rosenkranzgebet und Bekreuzigung, rhythmisches Wippen vor der Klagemauer, genaue Abfolge des Salah-Gebets oder der balinesische Kecak-Tanz – weder eine Weltreligion noch exotische Schamanen- und Ritualtänze kommen ohne Bewegung aus. Abseits von Ideologie und religiösen Diskursen befragt das Performance-Kollektiv White Horse in ihrer dritten Produktion die Choreografie von Gebeten weltweit. Was ergibt sich aus einer rein körperlichen Praxis des Betens? Welche für uns noch ungeahnten Glaubensbekenntnisse lassen sich im Körper finden? Erzeugen die Handlungen ohne religiösen Bezug eine Gemeinschaft? Auf der Bühne werden die sieben Performer zu Groupies gemeinsamer Hingabe, springen in die Körper der Glaubensrichtungen und erzeugen ihr ganz eigenes Ritual.

Inszenierung:
 Julia Jadkowski, Lea Martini
Choreographie und Performance: Daniel Almgren-Recén, Dennis Deter, Xavier Fontaine, Julia Jadkowski, Chris Leuenberger, Lea Martini, Maria Mavridou.
Dramaturgische Mitarbeit: Frédéric Gies
Sound: Coordt Linke
Kostümbild: Marie Gerstenberger, Malena Modéer
Lichtdesign: Benjamin Schälike
Produktion: Björn Frers – björn & björn
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Der Tänzer auf dem Dorfe (2011)

photo: Yvonne Brand

After moving back to Switzerland I lived for a few months in the village where I grew up and decided to make a solo performance for the villagers. The piece turned out to be half autobiographical village musical, half lecture performance. It is a tribute to my childhood in the village and an attempt to bring contemporary art and village culture closer together.

premiere: Friday, July 15 2011, 20h, Alte Käserei, Ursenbach

concept & performance Chris Leuenberger

dramaturgical support Marcel Schwald

light & set design Vlady Merino

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TOGETHER (2011)

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En Together todos siguen la misma tarea, todo el tiempo. La obra investiga el impacto físico de las utopías colectivas, la necesidad de sentirse más cerca de los demás y la fuerza que se genera al juntarse. Propone una colectividad llena de contradicciones, emociones y deseos que surgen de la situación actual, del aquí y ahora. Los cuerpos en movimiento se convierten en sismógrafos de lo más intimo y lo más universal que puede unirnos con otros cuerpos. www.tenerifedanzalab.com

Coreografía y Danza Paloma Hurtado, Juan Manzano, Javier Ferrer, Laura Marrero

Concepto White Horse

Dirección Lea Martini

Co-Dirección Chris Leuenberger

Asistencia Julia Jadkowski

Composición y Arreglo Musical Coordt Linke

Diseño de Iluminación Dimas

Vestuario Raquel Rodriguez

Coordinación artística y pedagógica Helena Berthelius

Ayudante de Producción Begoña Dominguez

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TRIP en masse (2011)

photo: Karel Zwaneveld

TRIP en masse is a murderous yet fascinating fight to the finish on the theme of fanaticism, mob violence and hysteria, a ‘bubble’ of the hardness of the here and now. White Horse’s conceptual working method and highly physical orientation bring new perspectives and insights to dancers and audience alike. TRIP en masse is a nominee for the ‘Zwaan’ award for ‘most impressive dance production’. The jury commented, ‘TRIP en masse is an overwhelming dance performance which is at once hypnotic, fascinating and terrifying.’ The piece was initially conceived of as a trio, but Krisztina de Châtel challenged the trio to choreograph an ‘en masse’ version of the piece for the dancers of Dansgroep Amsterdam.

www.dansgroepamsterdam.nl

Choreography White Horse (Chris Leuenberger, Lea Martini, Julia Jadkowski)

Dance Davide Cocchiara, Jozefien Debaillie, Corneliu Ganea, Kelly Hirina, Kiyan Khoshoie, Yuval Lev, Francesca Monti, Natasha Rodina, Ellen Houck, Federica Rizzo, Sasha Samion, Danilo Tesi

Sound Coordt Linke

Costumes Theresia Knevel

Lights Attila Nemeth

Production Dansgroep Amsterdam

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CRYING MACHINE (2010)

CHRIS LEUENBERGER, IGOR DOBRICIC, ROGER SALA REYNER

Boys don’t cry.

In a society obsessed with efficiency and instant gratification, sadness is often seen as a handicap and a waste of time. CRYING MACHINE uses the archetype of the solitary wanderer to delve into the anatomy of this outlawed emotion.

CHRIS: ‘I’m obsessed with crying men. In my previous solo works chanson tristeand Masculinity I failed twice at crying in front of an audience. This time I asked Roger Sala Reyner to become the tragic hero I myself would have liked to be. He is sent on a journey into the valley of tears. It’s like seeing my sadness through the eyes of someone else.’

IGOR: ‘It is through strange circumstances of life that Chris, Roger and I started working together. Instead of being chosen for this project, for a number of different reasons, we chose each other. Paradoxically, the concern we have shared from the beginning is in a complicated manner related to loneliness which is related to sadness which is related to crying which is related to tears which are related to water which is related to landscapes which are related to…’

ROGER: ‘There is a deep cave inside, a dark cathedral with moist walls. The cathedral has one entrance and a half circle of white marble seats facing the depth. A thick red wet carpet is unfolding toward the high cupola at the other end. From there you could take spiral stairs all the way down to the crypt or up to the central command room, where black clouds are condensing, threatening the peaceful life of the villagers.’

concept Chris Leuenberger

choreography/performance/dramaturgy Chris Leuenberger, Roger Sala Reyner, Igor Dobricic

movement coach Ria Higler

music Tian Rotteveel

lights Paul Schimmel

coproduction Dampfzentrale Bern, hetveem theater Amsterdam

with generous support of Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté (Belfort), Stadt & Kanton Bern, Pro Helvetia

special thanks to Christi Dufour, Simone Truong, Aitana Cordero, Lea Martini, Robert Steijn, Bojana Mladenovic, Anke Wirken, Sicli Fire&Security Company Bern, Westerink Schilders Amsterdam


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I I I (2010)

What happens when three choreographic signatures meet in one body?

In I I I Jenny Beyer, Chris Leuenberger and Anja Müller create solo material for, with and next to each other. While questioning authorship and individuality, they construct a common universe of apparent opposites and subtle shifts of perception.

All three are lead characters in supporting roles, an ensemble of loners, a corps de ballet of complementary colors.

Soloists appear and dissolve again within the group. Personalities take shape and merrily hop along into the darkness of the woods.

‘Look! Over there writhes and shimmies like an autumn breeze the ruddy mason’s daughter.’

Anja, Jenny and Chris were all three recipients of the DanceWEB scholarship in Vienna 2006, where they co-founded Sweet&Tender Collaborations, an artist-driven initiative dealing with self-organization and alternative means of production.

concept: Jenny Beyer

choreography / dance: Jenny Beyer, Chris Leuenberger, Anja Müller

music: Jetzmann

dramturgical support: Nik Haffner, Anne Kersting

production: Sabine Jud

assistance: Rosa Wernecke

I I I is a coproduction of Kampnagel Hamburg and hetveem theater Amsterdam. With generous support of Behörde für Kultur, Sport und Medien der Hansestadt Hamburg and Hamburgische Kulturstiftung.

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FURRY (2009)


Furry came out of a collaboration process between Anja Müller, Min Kyoung Lee and Chris Leuenberger during Sweet&Tender Porto 2009. It is an exploration of a series of repetitive movements that could be labeled as fierce and straightforward. A mind observes a body overcoming inertia through endurance and precision – a body in constant transformation – a restless body hovering between desires and the primal urge to move on.

concept & choreography Chris Leuenberger

choreography & performance Min Kyoung Lee

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ROMANCE (2009)

Take me to the magic of the moment

Through a hybrid forest of seemingly separate universes

In times of crisis

On the wind of change

Equipped with only fragments of identity and an everlasting lack of time –

Tell me

What to do with the irrepressable longing for a state of complete unification with the world – a desire for an all-encompassing love?

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pictures by Anna van Kooij

Romance goes beyond the concept of a prince on a white horse. It lures romantic adoration and indulgence in contemporary bodies. Itcelebrates the exceptional state of falling in love with all its side effects: butterflies, palpitations of the heart, slight nausea and luscious dizziness. Romance is a purely physical and unconditional love declaration to the audience.

To get into the mood for Romance, the spectator is welcome to an audio installation of hundreds of love declarations collected in the Locus Amönus.

‘Romantic love is such a cliché that it is already a cliché to say that love is a cliché.’

(Eva Illouz)

picture by Theresia Knevel
concept and performance: Julia Jadkowski, Lea Martini, Chris Leuenberger / dramaturgical support:David Weber-Krebs / costume and set design: Theresia Knevel / somatic love coach:Jordis Jakubczick / sound: Coordt Linke / lights: Attila Nemeth
Coproduced by Frascati Amsterdam, Dampfzentrale Bern, Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, FFT Düsseldorf, brut Vienna.
With Romance White Horse continues their research into extreme physical states, which they started with their debut performance Trip. Romance will premiere on September 26, 2009 at Frascati WG in Amsterdam.

UNIEK – Jenny Beyer & Chris Leuenberger

hetveem Production (2009)


Uniek takes a close look at the solo – and an even closer one at the soloist behind.

Inspired by ballet competitions such as the “Prix de Lausanne”, Chris and Jenny create solo moments, entrances and exits for each other. Jenny uses Chris to talk about virtuosity, beauty and elegance. Chris uses Jenny to confront his gender confusion. As classical forms and codes melt into their very own dance, the soloists unveil their unique and manifold talents. Tiptoeing between the fear of failure and the pleasure to seduce, they open a space for friction, comparison and doubling.

concept/performance Jenny Beyer, Chris Leuenberger sound Jetzmann dramaturgy Gonnie Heggen, Igor Dobricic set design/costumes Theresia Knevel Production Hetveem Theater

Supported by Sweet&Tender Collaborations, K3-Zentrum für Choreographie/Tanzplan Hamburg, Dansateliers Rotterdam


Masculinity (2008)

hetveem Production

I have interviewed men about their masculinity. I have reexamined my male role models. I have cut wood in the forest with my brother.

What does it mean for me to be a man today? What is my relationship with my body? What kind of dance would make my father proud?

I want to come to terms with the real man in me. I want to celebrate my masculinity with you. I need your feedback.

Concept and Performance Chris Leuenberger

Dramaturgical Support Igor Dobricic

Sound Coordt Linke

TRIP (2008)

coproduction Freischwimmer Festival / Frascati Productions Amsterdam

We didn’t have an opinion, yet wanted a revolution.

We cried ourselves empty of all pathos and laughed at the utopias we didn’t believe in.

We got high on hard work and blind faith. We were both victim and perpetrator.

We borrowed heroic bodies from the past to squeeze out their sweat, quench their blood-thirst and trace down meaning.

We found ourselves intoxicated by euphoria and banal spasms on an empty battlefield.

We were left without a cause to fight for.

We are ready to surrender – yet we don’t know to what.

Concept and performance Julia Jadkowski, Lea Martini, Chris Leuenberger Outside eye David Weber-Krebs Sound Coordt Linke Lights Jan Fedinger, Fabian Lehmann, Attila Nemeth Set design and costumes Theresia Knevel
Produced by Freischwimmer Festival 2008 in coproduction with Frascati Amsterdam. With generous support of School for New Dance Development (SNDO) and Sophiensaele Berlin.

White Horse is a collective founded by Chris Leuenberger, Lea Martini and Julia Jadkowski. All three studied among other places at the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) and are currently working in Amsterdam, Berlin and Bern.

“Trip” is their second collaboration after the name-giving duet “White Horse – an attempt at live therapy”.

White Horse is looking for the body’s resonance to the incoherence of our times.

ENTER MY BUBBLE

(2008 – coproduction hetveem/Dampfzentrale)

a homemade piece of cheese fondue and nostalgia

a  contemporary folkdance about national identity

an advertisement for Swiss Tourism

Did you ever want to explode from joy, anger, or from your own culture?

Katy and Chris take us along on a journey through a postcard landscape with lush, green meadows and snowy-peaked mountains.

One from the French, the other from the German speaking part of Switzerland, these two drastically different characters are stuck in a transparent bubble that could implode at any moment. In an attempt to dig up their roots and jump over their shadow, they come across countless cliches,  fondue memories and ultimately the loss of innocence.


Concept and performance Katy Hernan and Chris LeuenbergerOutside eye Nicole BeutlerLights Daniel MüllerDuration 50 min.


CHANSON TRISTE (2007)

Chanson triste is a work-in-progress solo about dealing with emotions in public. Chris plays with elements of expressive dance, auto-therapy and lecture demonstration in order to display some of the questions and findings of his ongoing research project about intimacy.

Check out his blog at www.searchingforintimacy.blogspot.com

concept and performance Chris Leuenberger
outside eye Tashi Iwaoka
music Bonnie Prince Billy
duration approximately 30 min.

supported by SNDO (School for New Dance Development), PAF (Performing Arts Forum), Sweet&Tender Collaborations

special thanks to Marko, Min, Pieter, Antonio, Gui, Perrine, Jan, Montserrat, Tiago, Sayaka, Jean-Baptiste, Jenny, Rebecca, Tashi, Helena, Catalina, Rodrigo, Roger, Koen, Jan, Raquel, Robert …

Chanson triste has been performed at Comedie de Reims, France, Festival da Fabrica, Porto, Portugal, gallery huisrechts, Amsterdam, Melkweg Theater Amsterdam, Prisma Forum Mexico City.

White Horse – an attempt at live therapy (2006)

horse002.jpgTherapy in the theater – Lea and Chris want to share their most private desires, fears, and obsessions with you. Intimate details of the performers’ personal lives as well as power games of the making process get lustily exposed in order to simulate a slightly twisted therapy session.

concept Chris Leuenberger performance Lea Martini & Chris Leuenberger advice Gonnie Heggen & Robert Steijn lights Julia Jadkowski length approximately 35 minutes

Produced by the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) Amsterdam.

Premiered in November 2006 at Danstheater AHK Amsterdam

Further performances: February 2007 100Grad Berlin Festival (winner of the jury-prize), April 2007 Sophiensaele Berlin, June 2007 Unithea Festival Frankfurt an der Oder, ITS Festival Amsterdam (winner of the ITS Choreography Award), February 2008 Heimspiel Festival Dampfzentrale Bern (CH), October  2008 Melkweg Theater Amsterdam.


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