What is a perfect life, a perfect body, a perfect origin? Joseph may not be able to walk without his crutches, but when he dances, he literally seems to fly. Maartje, on the other hand, is rather small and delicate but has the strength to climb the tallest trees, and Future has little money but a voice that makes the world around him ring. They are all the descendants of kings and queens. We go back to the old times when spirits were still connected to people and each was given a life task on the way – a gift and a burden – and it was the task of each individual to use it for his:her true happiness. For each and every one, like a king or queen, wears his:her crown in life.
A powerful dance piece for young people that explores boundaries.
He couldn’t get out of there, but he tried to break through the bars of the lattice with the crown, he couldn’t call for help after all, because he didn’t have a voice anymore. All the peasants and inhabitants around that tower heard that beautiful sound that came when the crown was pushed against the grate, they all loved that sound and enjoyed hearing it. Every day the sound came again and no one wondered where this sound came from, they were all enchanted by the sound alone.
Finally, the little prince died all alone, without anyone even knowing who this sound was coming from. He had brought joy to many people and yet he had always been alone.”
Pictures by Rainer Berson
All bodies on stage
Especially for young people it is important to present other views of the body than the images of perfect bodies in social media. Fears and prejudices should be reduced and other images and attitude towards people with different disabilities, bodies and origins should be made possible. This also exposes wounds and these wounds imprint themselves deeply into the body and soul. It takes time to heal and to draw a new strength from it, which also requires empathy and patience.
Premiere: 6 October 2023
Co-production: Dschungel Wien | UNUSUAL BEINGS | Dance Revolution East Africa
Dancers: Maartje Pasman, Future Love Sibanda, Joseph Tebandeke