Second Essay On Gymnastic

Second Essay on Gymnastic is based on the interconnectedness of two histories: that of Germany as an imagined community and that of ‚Turnen‘ (German gymnastics) as a physical practice – from its roots in 1811 as military exercise against the French occupation to the German Gymnastics Festival 2017 under the heading of „How colorful is this!“.

Second Essay on Gymnastic , eight performers use the choreographic vocabulary of the ‚Turner‘ movement and its performance in synchronized gymnastics shows as a point of departure for an examination of the formation of german bodies and thus try to tell an alternative german history.

From and with: Jonaid Khodabakhshi, Dennis Kopp, Quindell Orton, Jasmina Rezig, Hannah Saar, Isabel Schwenk, Julian Warner, Oliver Zahn
Assistant: Nele Hussmann
Dramaturgy: Josef Bairlein
Video: Nicole Wytyczak


Oct. 14, 2018, Münchner Kammerspiele (München)

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A production by HAUPTAKTION. Co-produced by Münchner Kammerspiele, SPIELART Munich, HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin,  Schwankhalle Bremen and Theater Rampe Stuttgart. In Kooperation with Pavillion Hanover. Funded by Landeshauptstadt München, Bezirk Oberbayern, Lotto-Sport-Stiftung Niedersachsen and TANZFONDS ERBE – an initiative by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.