“Pussy Riot meets the Power Rangers” – De Morgen
“Apollon Musagète is a wild clash between ballet and feminism” – De Morgen
Florentina Holzinger impresses with a series of highly physical performances that advocate a complete expression of stamina, the force of life – creative, sexual, physical and humorous. Her brutally sensual productions are often brimful of physical techniques drawn from other disciplines such as kickboxing, ballet, weightlifting and acrobatics.
With Apollon, Holzinger nods at Balanchine’s ballet quartet Apollon Musagète, which centres around Apollon, the Greek God of Art, but in this version the choreographer and her muses throw Apollon off his throne with a smile on their face. With an aesthetic that alternates between an occult fitness-studio, a cyborg-bullfight and neoclassical ballet, Florentina Holzinger combines fin de siècle freakshow and 1960s live art, offering a new perspective on the rupture between high art and popular entertainment. Through this humorous and furious destruction of a classical narrative Holzinger addresses the myth of this supposedly perfect woman, the artist herself.
This performance contains scenes that some may find disturbing.
+ Aftertalk with Florentina Holzinger and Anne-Cécile Sibué after the show Friday 25. January.
+ Read: A new kind of freedom is a commissioned text by Karin Cerny about the three artists, Florentina Holzinger, Eisa Jocson and Ofelia Jarl Ortega. The text was written in German, and translated to English by Caroline Wellner. Read the text here (pdf)