Exploring the boundary between high art and “trash” culture
With numerous awards under her belt for her latest production, and a residency lined up at Volksbühne Berlin from 2021, Florentina Holzinger is the one to watch in the European performing arts world today. Kyoto Experiment is hosting a theater screening of Apollon, her acclaimed work that has been staged at festivals around the world. There will also be an online workshop, a Kyoto Experiment exclusive, brought to you live from Vienna. Don’t miss this golden opportunity to get a taste of the radical charm of Holzinger’s artistic ideas, presented in Japan for the first time!
Apollon is Holzinger’s highly topical work that builds on Apollo—a ballet by Balanchine, the twentieth century’s greatest choreographer, a masterpiece that tells the tale of the titular god and three muses—exploring this mythical world with six female performers. It features everything from training on gym machines to splattering blood, from ballet en pointe to a mechanical rodeo bull. Perfect judgment and black humor sublimate onstage this performance that verges on vulgarity, dealing a powerful blow to representations of gender and of the female body.
Meanwhile, the online workshop is a unique opportunity to learn about Holzinger’s creative methods and approach to the body, which incorporate elements from disciplines ranging from martial arts to stuntwork. Join us at the venue and experience it with your own body!
*The screening of Apollon contains material that some viewers may find extreme or disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.
*Workshop participants will gather at the venue while Holzinger teaches online. Full details here.
3.5 (Fri) 18:00★
3.6 (Sat) 15:30
Doors open 30 min. prior to the screening.
★Post-show Talk by the artist after screening
Screening Duration: 90 min.
Online Workshop: 90min.
Age limit and other information:
No admission for high school students and audiences aged 17 and under.
This screening contains several scenes (involving blood and other graphic content) that some viewers may find extreme or disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.
Born in Austria, Vienna in 1986, Florentina Holzinger is a dancer and choreographer who lives and works in Amsterdam and Vienna. Her works consciously play with the shifting boundaries between high culture and entertainment, exploring different modes of female representation and questioning the full potential of female physicality. She studied choreography at the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam and her solo work Silk received the Prix Jardin d’Europe at lmPulsTanz in 2012. Following her collaborations with Vincent Riebeek (Kein Applaus für Scheisse, Spirit, Wellness and Schönheitsabend) she created the trilogy Recovery, Apollon and TANZ. In 2018 she was awarded the first ever De Châtel Award for Apollon. In 2021 she will be artist in residence at the Volksbühne, under the direction of René Pollesch.
Directed by Florentina Holzinger
Cast: Renée Copraij, Evelyn Frantti, Florentina Holzinger, Annina Lara Maria Machaz, Xana Novais, Maria Netti Nüganen & Stephan Schneider
Sound Design: Stephan Schneider
Dramaturgy: Sara Ostertag & Michele Rizzo
Scenography: Nikola Knežević
Coaching: Btissame Amadour
Advice: Manu Scheiwiller & Fernando Belfiore
Technique: Bram Geldhof, Anne Meeussen & Maarten Van Trigt
Co-production: Frascati Producties (Amsterdam), La Bâtie – Festival de Genève, steirischer herbst/Graz, Münchner Kammerspiele, Sophiensaele (Berlin), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt)
Thanks to Sina Christmann, Philippe Marchal, Alister Mazzotti, Ghani Minne & Blaze
In co-operation with Goethe-Institut Osaka Kyoto
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan through the Japan Arts Council and National Arts Council, Austrian Cultural Forum Tokyo, Performing Arts Fund NL,
MA7 - Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien
Presented by Kyoto Experiment
Video credits: Recorded in and by CAMPO Oct 2017.