Florentina Holzinger impresses with a series of highly physical performances – inescapable advocating the full expression of stamina, the force of life – creative, sexual, physical and humorous. Her brutally sensual productions are often full of physical techniques drawn from other disciplines – such as kickboxing, ballet, weightlifting and acrobatics. For Apollon Musagète she invites Apollon’s muses to collide with all American side show acts.
The all-female cast passionately conquers Balanchine's neoclassical ballet quartet Apollon Musagète. The story centres around Apollon, the Greek god of art. In pointe shoes and with Olympic weights on their shoulders, the choreographer and her muses throw that poster boy off his throne with a smile on their face. 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?
Nourished by performance history, Holzinger explores our dualistic relationship to perfection and beauty, lust and disgust, projection and delusion, destruction and construction as well as the rupture between high art and entertainment culture.
Six women tackle the neoliberalist cult of the body with all their performative brilliance and vicious physical virtuosity. Apollon Musagète limbos between the aesthetics of an occult fitness-studio, a cyborg-bullfight and classical side show. Fin de siècle freakshow and 1960s live art applied to a current perspective on high art. The coexistence of utopian creatures, future narratives and, as Donna Haraway puts it, ‘tentacular realities’.
by Florentina Holzinger | with Renée Copraij, Evelyn Frantti, Florentina Holzinger, Annina Lara Maria Machaz, Xana Novais, Maria Netti Nüganen & Stephan Schneider | sound design Stephan Schneider | dramaturge Sara Ostertag | scenography Nikola Knežević | technical 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 | thanks to Btissame Amadour, Sina Christmann, Philippe Marchal, Alister Mazzotti, Ghani Minne, Manuel Scheiwiller & Blaze