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Saskia Hölbling

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Ort: Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, Centre Dramaturgique de Montreuil

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A white platform on stage: an arena? A monument?

Saskia Hölbling appears, and searchingly scrutinises this space.

Suddenly her body tosses around. Is tossed. Caught in a vortex. As if falling to the ground. Now time begins. But a regressive time, a return to the origins, to the sources of a memory not yet subjective. A memory of the body.


The body of Saskia Hölbling remembers. Though it is still not her: Her face seems absent, avoids our gazes by a physical disposition as strange as it is captivating. It remembers. In shockwaves. This is no smooth gliding; the flux of the appearing is disjointed, almost convulsive. Dismembered, multiple, a confrontation with the experience of the fragmentation of the body. Each member, each part develops its partition, recovers an autonomous existence that does not deny the totality but seeks a bygone organic self-sufficiency. With her body exhibition Saskia Hölbling investigates dermal layers, cells of memory, while reflecting on physical identity. A body exhibition is not the same as a woman’s exhibition nor is it like a subject exhibition. We turn away from the constituted in order to recover the thread of the constitution of identity. To a certain extent a phenomenology of physicality.


Text by Stéphanie Chaillou


conception, choreography, dance: Saskia Hölbling, music: Heinz Ditsch, lighting, technical direction: Krisha, video: Peter A. Egger. A DANS.KIAS production. Co-produced by the Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis and supported by the Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté à Belfort in the framework of a residency. DANS.KIAS is suppoted by the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna.

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