Raumfahrt – Coaching Reality / 2010

Raumfahrt- Coaching Reality is an interdisciplinary dance and art performance dealing with the aspects of time and space. The performer and dancer Karen Boesser, the visual artist Dirk Dietrich Hennig and the musican Ansgar Tappert explore the different dimensions and perspectives. Surreal images are created and appear in the mist of the room and remain blurred. The trio deals with subjective perceptions of time and space, seeking new forms of description in order to perceive reality and to create a poetry. Raumfahrt- Coaching Reality is a lively and interactive performance between the terms of the present moment, technology, art and people.

Choreography / Dance: Karen Boesser
Soundcollage: Ansgar Tappert
Videoart: Dirk Dietrich Hennig 
Light-Architect: Gernot Schmiedberger 
Coach: Michael Schmidt
Artistic assistant: Shinsaku Yuasa
Performance Places: Forum Freies Theater, Düsseldorf Germany
Sponsor /Funding: Department of Cultural Affairs, Düsseldorf 
Coproduction: Forum Freies Theater Düsseldorf, Germany
Production: Karen Boesser 

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Press review:

From the depths of space / Thomas Hag / Karen Boesser shifts with her dance project Coaching Reality at FFt, Juta space and perspectives. 
Space travel may be quite literally taken by the new piece of the Düsseldorf dancer and choreographer Karen Boesser. Because it uses the entire surface of the Juta, the audience is first on benches standing on the stage. The performer even acts as a video projection in the fog only to appear later on as a real person in the top ranks. However, what is real here anyway? She uses the emptied ranks for the installation: blue light and cord separating the space to reinforce the illusion. She explored with circular hip movements accompanied by the scraping, abrasive electronic music by Ansgar Tappert. She uses a small stage in front of the stage as playing surface and drooping her upper body into a new shape creating a two-dimensional surface. Shortly thereafter, she circles around the benches and looks into the eyes of the audience. The audience becomes part of the production and a group of people is immersed in the bright light and must feel observed. Again and again the relations are shifted, when Boesser is lying on the floor and black surfaces slide over her body and when finally letter seem to flow from her head. (...) The last part of the 50-minute piece is turning into a satire, where the artist in the role of the therapist requests the audience to meditate. 

Space Coaching Reality / Boris Hovrath 
The interdisciplinary dance theater production unite the artistic position of the Düsseldorf choreographer and dancer Karen Boesser with the musical collages of the Berlin sound artist Ansgar Tappert, and the video projections of the artist Dirk Dietrich Hennig from Hanover. In the conglomerate of different disciplines blends the expression of dance, performance and art as well as the perception of illusion and reality. In a subtile way Boesser questioned in her production, the roles of the production, the determination of the stage and the auditorium, the actor and the audience. (..) With the help of dramatic interruption such as the sudden gleam of the entire theatre space in working lights and the changes in perspective through reflections of the dancer with video projections, Raumfahrt- Coaching Reality manages to question the viewing and listening habits again and again. At the end of the play, Karen Boesser is challenges the audience with a test by leaving the space available to audience and prepares at the same time her exit. She invited the audience to trigger a challenge of timelessness to every visitor only for themselves. 

Body of threads: Dance in the FFT / Rheinische Post, 20.02.2010 / Stephanie Becker 
The room is dark. Fog appears. Dripping water noises are heard. Through the haze suddenly a woman appears. She looks with wide-eyed, amazed in the room, turns slowly around in her axis. Only gradually the viewer recognize that it is not a real person, but a projection. The real woman appears a short time later at another location. So begins series - Reality Coaching in the FFT Juta. A danceproject of the performer Karen Bösser, the visual artist Dirk Dietrich Hennig and the sound artist Ansgar Tappert. The theme is the exploration of reality, space and time. The audience sits on stage in the Juta, and the solo dancer (Karen Boesser herself) is dancing. In a spider web hanging system , Bösser is eager to explore with slow movements the space between the threads. She looks like a creature from another world. Slowly, she comes down to the groundfloor. She uses only the upper part of her body to hang over the stage edge in the spot of a headlight. A sound gently float through the room. This music is mysterious and spherical, the dance sometimes strange, realized in the game with reality and virtuality of the moment, from the beginning of the performance. Beautiful is the scene where Bösser is dancing on the floor playing with projected light forms. (...) It would have been a desire to see more of the game with reality and illusion, more of the strange movements appearing and more of this atmospheric sounds. 

 

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