Performance | 14+

Schwanensee in Sneakers

The solo performance “Swan Lake in Sneakers” opens the view for the multifaceted forms of dance and the power of transformation inherent in every body. In this sense, the piece sees itself as a fun and creative transfer of knowledge for young people, passing on different perspectives on dance and movement. What is dance? What can dance be? Which bodies dance? Dancer Anna Till moves in a crossover of styles that shift from the mundane to the grotesque, from the classical to the experimental. Historical movement material meets contemporary form.
Is waiting for the bus actually also dance?


Anna Till (*1983) lives and works as a freelance choreographer in Dresden. She studied “Dance, Context, Choreography” at the HZT Berlin and “Applied Cultural Studies” in Lüneburg. With the company situation productions she develops dance productions focusing on international exchange and artistic collaboration. Among them “life in numbers” (2019) with Katia Manjate (MOZ) and “Experiencing Time” (2021) with Barbara Lubich (IT/DE). Together with B. Lubich she also works in the collective TILL&LUBICH. As a dancer Anna worked closely with Hamburg based choreographer Antje Pfundtner for the dance productions “ENDE” and “Alles auf Anfang”. Anna leads classes for children and youngsters as well as seminars and workshops at art universities. Most recently, she was research associate at HZT – inter-university dance centre – Berlin. She is a board of TanzNetzDresden – the network for freelance performance artists in Dresden.

Nora Otte (*1981) studied scenic arts at the University of Hildesheim. Since 2006 she has regularly participated in Butoh intensive workshops with Tadashi Endo/ Göttingen. From 2013 to 2016 she worked as an assistant director at the Staatsschauspiel Dresden. During this time she created her own directorial works, among others: “Medea.Stimmen” by C. Wolf and “ichglaubeaneineneinzigengott.” by S. Massini. Since 2016 she has been working freelance for theater, dance and film as a director, dramaturg and performer. In 2018 she was on stage as a Butoh performer in the production of “Tristan und Isolde” (Wagner), directed by S. Langridge at the Staatsoper Hannover. In 2018/19 she completed an advanced training at Theater Junge Generation Dresden for puppetry and object theater direction and was co-director of the project “Marco Polo” in this context. In Dresden she works recurrently with different independent groups: missingdots, situation productions, the guts company, DIE BÜHNE – das Studententheater of the TU-Dresden. Recent works are: 2021 “Wölfchenverschwörung – Das GRIMMinalgericht”/ direction – puppetry / Sorbisch-Deutsches Volkstheater Bautzen; 2021 “Momo Offline”/ version and direction/ DIE BÜHNE of the TU – Dresden; 2021 “Experiencing Time” as well as “Experiencing Time Passing”/ dramaturgy and text direction/ situation productions Dresden; 2022 “GOOSEBUMPS”/ direction/ missingdots e. V. at EZK Hellerau; 2022 “VerFahrenheit > a man’s world”/ writing and direction/ DIE BÜHNE of the TU – Dresden.


07.03.2023 Marie-Curie-Gymnasium Dresden (school performance)


Idea and Concept: Nora Otte und Anna Till
Dance and Choreography: Anna Till
Stage direction: Nora Otte
Music and Composition: Johannes Till
Room and Costumes: Konstanze Grotkopp

Thank you to:
Yamile Navarro for the ballett coaching
Karoline Wernicke for her dramaturgical advice and the dancers, choreographers and colleagues for the research interviews: Mahsa Asgari, Cindy Hammer, Ali Moini, Yamile Navarro, Christian Novopavlovski, Norbert Pape, João Pedro de Paula, Romy Schwarzer, Tommaso Tezzele


ca. 35′

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18.03.2023 Potsdamer Schule (school representation)
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