Lucky you: As a German citizen, you enjoy the greatest freedom of movement and can travel to 177 countries on the spur of the moment. But what do borders actually mark? In Gute Pässe Schlechte Pässe – eine Grenzerfahrung, two ensembles meet: One from contemporary dance, the other from the world of the Nouveau Cirque. Both speak different movement languages and their work structures are also distinct. A living wall of 20 Bremen citizens separates the two – and reflects their mutual attributions. A paradox arises: The more the two start to assimilate, the more urgently they draw their borders. The once established difference appears all the more necessary, the clearer it becomes that the border exists only virtually.

Producing at the intersection of direction, choreography and sociological field research, Helena Waldmann has been touring and engaging herself on all continents for more than 20 years. Most recently, Made in Bangladesh with 12 Kathak dancers from Dhaka was nominated for the German theatre prize DER FAUST.

Dance direction, stage, concept: Helena Waldmann

With: Sara Enrich Bertran, Chris Jäger, Lysandre Coutu-Sauvé, Danica Hilton, Tjorm Palmer, Declan Whitaker, Carlos Zaspel, Florian Zumkehr

The wall: 20 persons from Bremen

Dramaturgy: Tobias Staab

Light: Herbert Cybulska

Costume: Judith Adam

Technical direction: Carsten Wank

Production: Helena Waldmann & ecotopia dance productions

Co-production: Theater im Pfalzbau Ludwigshafen (D), Hessisches Staatsballett (D), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg (L) COLOURES International Dance Festival Stuttgart (D), Kaserne Basel (CH), Kurtheater Baden (CH), Forum Freies Theater Düsseldorf (D), Tafelhalle Nürnberg (D)

Supported by the Fachausschuss Tanz und Theater BS/BL and the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Departments of Culture and Arts of the German federal state.