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Reut Shemesh (D)

A dance piece about

youth and uniform

location: Münchner Kammerspiele
Friday, 12th July | 11 am
Saturday, 13th July | 7.30 pm

Finding your own path, your own stance, but not being alone: The happy medium is often a life-threatening high-wire act. What happens to young people when they commit to a group? And how is the sense of community reflected in attitudes, dress codes and rituals?

Together with five professional performers at the age between 25 and 55, the choreographer and artist Reut Shemesh has observed the process of self-discovery and identity development amongst young people. The desire to belong and the group dynamic in young communities often exist in a tension to each other. What kind of identities are created by uniforms, symbols, behaviours, and rituals? How influential is social class?

Esther shows how young people try to find a balance between conformity and individuality. In the research phase of her work, Reut Shemesh already included the target group of the project and worked with young people in Dresden, Munich, Hamburg, and Potsdam.


Reut Shemesh was born in 1982 in Tel Aviv. She studied art, works as a choreographer, and creates experimental films. She has been living and working in Cologne since 2011. Multimedia dance performance is a core aspect of her work, usually in connection with the research for the roots and the heritage of Jewish women’s culture and education. Her work has been given a number of awards.

Concept & choreography: Reut Shemesh | Dance and co-choreography: Juliana Oliveira, Kelvin Kilonzo, Mihyun Ko, Brit Rodemund, Enis Turan | Lighting and stage design: Ronni Shendar | Costume design: Marie Siekmann | Music: Micha Kaplan | Choreographic assistance: Katja Pire | Photos: Jonas Zeidler 

A joint production by fabrik moves Potsdam and Reut Shemesh, in co-production with K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg, Fokus Tanz | Tanz und Schule e.V. München and HELLERAU - Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden as part of the cooperation explore dance - Netzwerk Tanz für junges Publikum. Funded by the Jupiter - Performing Arts for Young Audiences program of the German Federal Cultural Foundation. 

Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. The explore dance network is supported by the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne

location: Münchner Kammerspiele

Friday, 12th July | 11 am

Saturday, 13th July | 7.30 pm

60 min. | 13+

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