Florentina Holzinger (AT): Apollon

FRI 17.9.2021 / 19.00

address: Kauppakatu 44
Accessible event


The work is part of Shortlist LIVE! Programme, and the artist is nominated for the ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art award.

Six women tackle the neoliberalist cult of the body with all their performative brilliance and vicious physical virtuosity. The performance limbos between the aesthetics of an occult fitness-studio, a cyborg-bullfight and neoclassical ballet.

Florentina Holzinger combines fin de siècle freakshow and 1960s live art, offering a new perspective on the rupture between high art and entertainment culture. Through this humorous and furious destruction of a classical narrative Holzinger addresses the myth of this supposedly perfect woman, the artist herself. These perfect women – what do they even want?

This performance contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing.

DURATION 90 min.

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Florentina Holzinger (AT): Apollon


Creation by: Florentina Holzinger
Performers: Renée Copraij, Evelyn Frantti, Florentina Holzinger, Annina Lara Maria Machaz, Xana Novais, Maria Netti Nüganen & Stephan Schneider

Sound design: Stephan Schneider
Dramaturgy: Sara Ostertag & Michele Rizzo
Scenography: Nikola Knežević

Coaching: Btissame Amadour
Advice: Manu Scheiwiller & Fernando Belfiore
Technique: Bram Geldhof, Anne Meeussen & Maarten Van Trigt

Production: CAMPO
Coproduction: Frascati Producties/Amsterdam, La Bâtie – Festival de Genève, steirischer herbst/Graz, Münchner Kammerspiele, Sophiensaele/Berlin, Mousonturm/Frankfurt
With the support of: MA7 - Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien & Goethe-Institut Finnland & Austrian Embassy Helsinki
Thanks to: Sina Christmann, Philippe Marchal, Alister Mazzotti, Ghani Minne & Blaz

Florentina Holzinger (AT): Apollon

Florentina Holzinger’s dance pieces are driven by the notion of identity, sexual and physical transgression. Drawing inspiration as much from Viennese Actionism, body art and bodybuilding as from classical ballet, cabaret and circus; she deconstructs, performance after performance, the very definition of femininity.

Florentina studied choreography at the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. Her Diploma solo work Silk was awarded the Prix Jardin d’Europe at the lmPulsTanz Festival 2012. She collaborated with Vincent Riebeek for a trilogy of pieces, Kein Applaus für Scheiße, Spirit, and Wellness followed by Schoenheitsabend- Tänze des Grauens und der Extase (2011-2015). Her second solo work premiered in 2015 – Recovery is an experimental consideration on a traumatic stage accident she had suffered and critically explores various kinds of female representation as well as the potential of female corporality.

In her latest works she continued dissecting the narratives of ballet: first with Apollon (2017), a hack on Balanchines’s 1920s Apollon Musagete, followed by TANZ, an action ballet that reflects on tradition and narrative departing from the romantic ballet La Sylphide. Her latest work Etude for an Emergency, is a stunt opera developed with a cast of opera singers and stunt actresses – a musical composition for 10 bodies and a car. In 2020 TANZ was awarded for “Best Performance of the Year” by Theater Heute and with the NESTROY Price for best direction.

Along her stage works Florentina is regularly teaching movement classes and offers trainings.

Her work is intrinsically linked with the aim of exploring modes of embodiment and the development of practices to support a physical life in action. Her practice is heavily informed by martial arts, functional and somatic movement practices as well as everything dance.

Florentina Holzinger. Photo: Theresa Bitzan

Florentina Holzinger (AT): Apollon

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Florentina Holzinger (AT): Apollon

How to get there?

There is an accessible entrance and accessible WC at the venue.