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Tanz Kongress 2022 | Mainz | Sharing potentials


By and with: Rafaële Giovanola / tanzmainz | Tickets for non-accredited persons via
Performance Artistic programme
Thu 16.6. | 20:00 to 21:20 | Großes Haus – Staatstheater Mainz
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Großes Haus

Großes Haus – Staatstheater Mainz
Gutenbergplatz 7
55116 Mainz
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"What is the name of this being? It appears in the morning on four legs, at noon on two, and in the evening on three." (The Riddle of the Sphinx from the Oedipus Saga)

Walking, running, staggering; at first glance what seems to be familiar ways of human locomotion, begins to stray from the aesthetically harmonious art form that we associate with dance. As early as the 1960s, performative artists have been researching this prototype of human motion as a source for their artistic practice. Theatre and dance artists such as Samuel Beckett, Steve Paxton, and Trisha Brown have experimented with gaits and step patterns - and Rafaële Giovanola continues down this line. For quite some time now, she has been artistically exploring the limits of the human condition, asking in a very elementary and physical way, the question of what actually constitutes us. Her choreographies, spectacular and extremely demanding for dancers, have received widespread recognition. Her work Vis Motrix received one of the 15 coveted invitations to the Tanzplattform Deutschland in 2020. Sphynx, developed with the ensemble of tanzmainz, will promise unusual perspectives and high intensity.

This performance involves high volume and very high tones.

Audio description and haptic access tour

For this performance, Tanzkongress 2022, in cooperation with Gravity Access Services Berlin, offers a live audio description and a haptic access tour, so-called Haptic Access Tour for a blind and visually impaired audience. The Haptic Access Tour starts one hour before the performance. Please call +49 6131 2851 222 to register in advance and reserve a headset.


Choreography and stage: Rafaële Giovanola
Dramaturgy: Rainald Endrass
Choreographic assistance: Alvaro Esteban
Costumes: Mathilde Grebot
Music: Tiago Cerqueira
Lighting design: Wil Frikken

With: Madeline Harms, Daria Hlinkina, Bojana Mitrović, Amy Lim, Polina Nikolaeva, Nora Monsecour, Milena Wiese, Paul Elie, Federico Longo, Jaume Luque Parellada, Alberto Terribile, Louis Thuriot, John Wannehag, Thomas Van Praet.