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Show photographer Eva Würdinger

Florentina Holzinger: TANZ

  • Show times

    Wed 7.2.2024 at 7.30 PM

    Duration 2 h 20 min (no intermission)

    Age limit: 18+

    Performance language: English

    The discussion with the artist at Lasipiha after the show.

    Please note that the performance contains strobe lights, explicit nudity, blood, needles and hooks, self-harming body acts.


A sylphidic reverie in stunts with excessive attentiveness to the self!

TANZ is the third part of the trilogy: Recovery, Apollon, TANZ. The trilogy deals with notions of practice through training of different physical disciplines on stage- focusing on investigations of how the body is cultivated, shaped and transformed and on the transmission of experience. TANZ takes early 19th century romantic ballet as a starting point. It uses the frame of a ballet class guided by Beatrice Schoenherr, the first ballerina who danced the Sacre de Printemps naked (John Neumeier, 1972).

The performers undergo a rigorous training in action ballet, the so called sylphidic studies. Learning how to use their skills in a genre of spectacle that deals with supernatural creatures, they use the articulation of the dancer’s body as a tool to penetrate space in order to gain knowledge about flying.

Through techniques of restraint, they collectively practice to govern the body and mind. An ephemeral world- provoking an imminent possibility of perfection by transforming the gross into the sublime and making the functional more than functional.

In an operatic set up brutal parodies of established images of excitement found in ballet, comedy and pornography are made in order to be watched from afar and close. This industry of gaze finds its translation in the work of a porn producer who documents the performance from within. With an all-female cast of twenty to eighty years old performers who represent different dance backgrounds, TANZ poses the question what ‘dancing the lineage’ means and how to reconcile with tradition in the territory of the nonverbal and its relationship to beauty.

The performance is produced by Zodiak – Center for New Dance and is a part of Side Step -festival.


Ticket information

Standard ticket | 42 € (section A), 30€ (section B)
Discount ticket | 21 € (section A), 15€ (section B) Under 25, students, unemployed, civil servants and conscripts. Please be prepared to present a certificate entitling you to a discount.
Pensioners | 38 € (section A), 27€ (section B)

Note: To ensure good visibility to everyone, The Erkko Hall auditorium is steep. Please note that there is no lift to the upper section. Only the first row seats are fully accessible.

Tickets can also be bought from the Cable Factory's Glass Courtyard during their opening hours.

The ticket sale is organized by Zodiak. Please contact Zodiak in ticket enquiries: lipunmyynti@zodiak.fi


Concept, performance, choreography: Florentina Holzinger
Performance by and with: Josefin Arnell, Renée Copraij, Beatrice Cordua, Evelyn Frantti, Lucifire, Luna Duran,
Annina Machaz, Netti Nüganen, Suzn Pasyon, Steffi Wieser, Laura Stokes, Veronica Thompson, Lydia Darling, Jessyca R. Hauser, Florentina Holzinger
Video design, Live camera: Josefin Arnell, Jessyca R. Hauser
Sound design, Live sound: Stefan Schneider
Light design, Technical director: Anne Meeussen
Stage design: Nikola Knezevic
Stage assistant: Camilla Smolders
Technical assistant: Koen Vanneste
Dramaturgy: Renée Copraij, Sara Ostertag
Coaching: Ghani Minne, Dave Tusk
Music coach: Almut Lustig
Outside eye: Michele Rizzo, Fernando Belfiore
Theory, research: Anna Leon
Costume advisor, tailor: Mael Blau
Prosthetic, mask: Students of Wigs, Make-up and Special Make-up Effects for Stage and Screen, Theaterakademie August Everding (Munich), Marianne Meinl
Stunt support: Haeger Stunt & Wireworks
Stunt instructors: Stunt Cloud GmbH (Leo Plank, Phong Giang, Sandra Barger)
Management & International Distribution: Katharina Wallisch & Giulia Messia - neon lobster
A production by: SPIRIT

Co-produced by: Tanzquartier Wien (Vienna - AT), Spring Festival (Utrecht - NL), Theatre Rotterdam (Rotterdam - NL), Mousonturm (Frankfurt - DE), Arsenic (Lausanne - CH), Münchner Kammerspiele (Munich - DE), Take Me Somewhere (Glasgow - UK), Beursschouwburg (Brussels, BE) deSingel (Antwerp - BE), Sophiensaele (Berlin - DE), Frascati Productions (Amsterdam -NL), Theater im Pumpenhaus (Muenster - DE), asphalt Festival (Düsseldorf - DE)

Supported by: O Espaço do Tempo (PT), Fondation LUMA (FR) and De Châtel Award (NL)

Thanks to: CAMPO Gent, ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival, Eva Beresin, Stefanie Leitner, Tanz-Archiv MUK Wien, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Mochi Catering Vienna, Andres Stirn

Funded by: Cultural Department of the City of Vienna, Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria, Performing Arts Fund NL and Norma fonds NL

With the support of the: Republic Austria Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport, Section IV – Arts and Culture


Florentina Holzinger studied choreography at the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. Her Diploma solo work Silk was awarded the Prix Jardin d’Europe at the lmPulsTanz Festival 2012. She collaborated with Vincent Riebeek for a trilogy of pieces, Kein Applaus für Scheiße, Spirit, and Wellness followed by Schoenheitsabend- Tänze des Grauens und der Extase (2011-2015). The last of these was presented also in Kiasma Theatre in Helsinki.

In her latest works she continued dissecting the narratives of ballet: first with Apollon (2017), a hack on Balanchines’s 1920s Apollon Musagete, followed by TANZ, an action ballet that reflects on tradition and narrative departing from the romantic ballet La Sylphide. In 2020 TANZ was awarded for „Best Performance of the Year” by Theater Heute and with the NESTROY Price for Best Direction, and it was presented in the frame of Theatertreffen (Berlin).

Florentina Holzinger’s dance pieces are driven by the notion of identity, sexual and physical transgression. Drawing inspiration as much from Viennese Actionism, body art and bodybuilding as from classical ballet, cabaret and circus; she deconstructs, performance after performance, the very definition of femininity.

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