Rykena / Jüngst have been working as an artistic duo between the cities of Hamburg and Munich since 2016. In their dance productions, they roam through strip clubs, 1920s vaudeville theatres, Ovid’s Metamorphoses or queer comic conventions and let mermaids, she-hulks, expressive arias, velvet stages and marble down jackets collide. Their work engages with queer feminist, intersectional and ableist body discourses and the transformation of normative categorisation of bodies. To this end, they draw on classical, mythological and pop-cultural materials and use them to create new figures, hybrid forms and grotesque embodiments with the aim of dissolving stereotypical, clichéd and heteronormative (gender) attributions. Since the beginning of their collaboration, they have experimented excessively with the relationship between body and voice and their possibilities to comment on and question each other. Rykena/Jüngst’s working method is characterised by the reinterpretation of virtuosity, the imagination and manifestation of different bodies and the affirmation of expressive, humorous and dilettante bodies. Since 2018, their artistic works have been continuously created in co-production with Kampnagel Hamburg and, since 2019, also with HochX Munich and, for the first time, with brut Vienna in 2021 (ARIE/ELLE 2018, SHE LEGEND 2019/2020 and ROSE LA ROSE 2021).
Carolin Jüngst, born 1990 in Dachau, works as a freelance performer, dancer and choreographer between Hamburg and Munich. She trained in acrobatics on horseback for over 10 years, studied theatre/dance studies and philosophy in Munich, Stockholm and Berlin, completed a Dance Trainee Programme at the Leipziger Tanztheater in 2013/2014 and graduated with an M.A. in Performance Studies in Hamburg in 2017. In 2013 she was part of a research project with choreographer Richard Siegal and Göteborgs Danskompani (Gothenburg Opera). She performed in works by Marina Abramovic, Allora & Calzadilla, Teresa Hoffmann or visual artist Angela Anzi, among others at Art Basel, Fondation Beyeler Basel, Kampnagel Hamburg, Lichthof Theater Hamburg, HochX Munich and Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof. In 2019/2020 she was a fellow of the Claussen-Simon Foundation.
Lisa Rykena, born in Jever in 1989, studied classical and contemporary dance at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt. She currently lives in Hamburg and works as a freelance dancer, performer and choreographer. She has already worked at various venues such as the Hanover State Opera, Kampnagel Hamburg, Mousonturm Frankfurt and the Oldenburg State Theatre. Artists whose work she has appeared in include: Marina Abramovic, William Forsythe and Zufit Simon. She collaborated with choreographer Christoph Winkler as a dancer in the production Ernest Berk – The Complete Expressionist (2018) and Speak Boldly – The Julius Eastman Dance Project (2018). In the period 2017-2020, she organised the performative and interdisciplinary format INTERVISION with other artists from Hamburg and Berlin.