Dance Theatre


21 Oct. 2021 at 8:00 pm

Further performances:

  • Fri. 22 Oct. 2021 at 8:00 pm,
  • Sat. 23 Oct. 2021 at 8:00 pm
  • Sun. 24 Oct. 2021 at 6:00 pm

Industriestr. 170,
50999 Cologne


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A choreographically staged trialogue on power, intimidation and the realms between them with dancers with and without unique physical features from Germany, India and Turkey.

A single austere white room - or are there many?
TV sets flicker live scenes from three different countries on the stage.
Dancers reposition themselves in armchairs, which become ambivalent comrades in the issue of power and insecurity.

Gloomy images diffuse through a white membrane and connect with the dancing protagonists from India, Turkey and Germany. The scenes of their personal social and cultural boundaries gradually enter into a live virtual as well as staged discourse.

inbetweenPOWER is DIN A 13 tanzcompany's new international dance theatre production under the artistic direction of choreographer Gerda König.
In reflection of the concept's cultural and political context, DIN A 13 tanzcompany has partnered with the Iranian choreographer Mehdi Farajpour (ORIANTHEATER Dance Company). In close collaboration with Jürgen Salzmann (Cultura LiveArt-Kollektiv), who has been working as a video artist in the dance productions of DIN A 13 tanzcompany for many years, this forms the core of the artistic team.

inbetweenPOWER artistically addresses the issue of the influence that feelings of fear and intimidation have on people in times of political and social upheaval.
The subjective perception of fear and intimidation differs from country to country. It depends on the situation within the specific cultural context, whether this is e.g. the political system, tradition or even the influence of religion.

The subjective feeling of personally experienced limitation and intimidation, as well as the fear of losing one's independence and freedom, formed the focus of the choreographic work.
Research was carried out together with the selected dancers in their own living spaces. Emphasis here was placed on generating image and video material, which was then juxtaposed with the dance material during the development process.

The restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic additionally subjected inbetweenPOWER to external limiting factors on a whole other contextual level. - This challenge was implemented as an additional artifice of both design and content in staging the work. - The entire production was thus created on three stages in three countries and will virtually merge the boundaries currently in place as a live production on the German stage.


Artistic direction:
Gerda König

Mehdi Farajpour & Gerda König

Ayça Turgut (TR), Jana Zöll (D), Damiaan Veens (NL),
Ashwin Kumar (IND), Harun Sarikaya (TR)

Video artist: Jürgen Salzmann
Music: Frank Schulte
Lighting: Marco Wehrspann
Set design: Martina Kock
Costumes: Thomas Wien-Pegelow

Production management: Anastasia Olfert
Production assistant: Ivana Duzanec
Production management in Turkey: M. Onur Karaoglu
Production management in India: Ashwin Kumar

Public relations: Ellen Brombach
Graphic design: Kai Kullen
Homepage: Andrea Hoffmann
Social media and financial management: John Hermann

inbetweenPOWER is a production of DIN A 13 tanzcompany in cooperation with the Iranian choreographer Mehdi Farajpour and the video artist Jürgen Salzmann.

inbetweenPOWER is funded by :

  • Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW
  • NRW KULTURsekretariat Wuppertal
  • Kämpgen Stiftung
  • Fonds Darstellende Künste EV

The DIN A 13 tanzcompany is a recipient of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia's "Spitzenförderung" funding for outstanding achievement.