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).
Projekte von Rykena/Jüngst
sense of wonder
Premiere: 24. May 2023, Kampnagel, Hamburg; 21. July 2023, HochX, München