Joy

Joshua Monten

Switzerland
Dance theatre, 65 min, nonverbal

Thumping, hitting, punching. Bones crack, teeth fly. Is this monstrous brawl a perfect illusion or deliberate physical violence? Joy is a choreographic take on the techniques of stylised stage fighting. Graceful sequences of brutal violence are deconstructed beyond proportion, and unleashed in dialogue with classical music. However, Joy does not glorify violence. Rather, it tries to answer the question: what is its purpose? And why is it that bodily harm inflicted on others is often regarded with a pleasurable shudder and unacknowledged schadenfreude?


Joshua Monten used to be a dancer at Bern Ballet and the Stadttheater Heidelberg, and a guest dancer at Theater Freiburg and the Staatstheater Nürnberg. He has worked with choreographers such as Stijn Celis, Hofesh Shechter, Juha Marsalo, Doug Varone, Irina Pauls, Konstantinos Rigos and Tino Sehgal. Since 2008 he has been a freelance dancer and choreographer and in 2012 he founded his own dance ensemble, whose works have been performed in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Brazil, USA and Singapore.

Choreography: Joshua Monten · Cast: Vittorio “Ebola” Bertolli, Francesca “The Enforcer” Imoda, Konstantinos “Rattlesnake” Kranidiotis, Jack “Knife” Wignall, TingAn “Black Star” Ying · Lighting concept: Jonas Bühler · Technician: Luz González · Photo: Jonas Kambli

Kindly supported by Waschhaus Potsdam
Supported by Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council

Supported by SWISSLOS / Kultur Kanton Bern, Kultur Stadt Bern, Burgergemeinde Bern, Stadt St. Gallen, Migros Kulturprozent, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung, Jubiläumsstiftung der Schweizerischen Mobiliar Genossenschaft, SIS – Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung, Societé Suisse des Auteurs

2018


7 Sachen SPECIAL EDITION
UNIDRAM – Potsdam
DEEP
Daan Mathot – Netherlands
Democracy
AKHE – Russia
Dictatorship
AKHE – Russia
Exhibition 25 years of Unidram
T-Werk – Potsdam
FRAME
Teatro Koreja – Italy
Game changer
AURA Dance Theatre – Lithuania
GUIDE
Věra Ondrašíková & collective – Czech Republic
Joy
Joshua Monten – Switzerland
LE PETIT CIRQUE
Laurent Bigot – France
Mr. Carmen
AKHE – Russia
Of the Things of Nature
Dorothee Metz – Germany
Oh Magic
Simon Mayer – Austria/Belgium
Rusty Nails & Other Heroes
TAMTAM objektentheater – Netherlands
The Need to move forward
Antoine Birot – France
Tria Fata
La Pendue – France
Visiting time over
theater junge generation/Ariel Doron – Germany/Israel
πTon
Cod.Act – Switzerland
Concert
Aerodice – Germany
Concert
Pulsar Trio – Germany
Concert
Masaa – Germany
Concert
Cosmo Klein TRIO – Germany
Concert
Iva Nova – Russia
JazzLab SPECIAL EDITION
Nikotrio – Germany

Contact

Address

T-Werk, Internationales Theater- und Theaterpädagogikzentrum
Schiffbauergasse 4E, 14467 Potsdam, Germany

Telefon

Phone: +49 331 71 91 39
Fax: +49 331 71 07 92