Witches

Ursina Tossi





© Sinje Hasheider


February 21 | 22, 2020

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Stigmatized as a heretic, sexually deviant and romantically involved with the devil, women were persecuted as witches, during the transition to capitalism. The witch is considered the guardian of knowledge about reproduction and healing as well as a sexually and economically self-determined woman. As a feminist fighter who defies the power claims of the capitalist patriarchy, she becomes a political symbol. Ursina Tossi and her team continue to explore the meaning of the witch in our body-history. The focus is on the ambivalent – powerful and persecuted female body. Historical sources collide with pop culture images, fantasies and science fction. The sensual becomes political. Which qualities of the witch construct femininity? Which of their strategies of resistance and self-determination are still valid today? And finally, who are the witches and who are the witch-hunters of today?

Ursina Tossi is intertwining dance, media and political issues with intense physicality. Her work feeds from popculture, mythology, fictional and historical sources and it questions concepts of gender, species, technology and the body. 2019 she was honored with the three-years-grant by the City of Hamburg and the prize »Promising Talent 2019« by tanz magazine. Since 2018 Ursina Tossi and Margarita Tsomou collaborate with an international team of artists, dealing with monstrousity and it’s radical potential for transformation from a feminist perspective. Their first production Blue Moon was also presented im Ballhaus Ost.

Running time: 70 min.
In German, English and Spanish | Language no problem.

Dance, Co-choreography Rachell Bo Clark, Camilla Brogaard, Julia B. Laperrière, Amanda Romero Choreography, Artistic direction, dance Ursina Tossi Dramaturgy Margarita Tsomou Sound Johannes Miethke Stage design Hanna Lenz, Anja Zihlmann Costume design Judith Förster, Christina Geiger Light Ricarda Schnoor Artistic assistance Anna Semenova-Ganz Creative Producing, PR, graphic STÜCKLIESEL

A production by Ursina Tossi in co-production with Kampnagel Hamburg, MARKK Hamburg, tanzfaktur Köln and in cooperation with Ballhaus Ost. Funded by the Ministry of Culture and Media Hamburg, NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste e.V. with funds from the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media, City of Cologne and Huckepack Hamburg.