“If no one asks me, I know what it is. But if I should explain it to someone who asks, I do not know.” (Augustinus)
“But time”, says the field marshall’s wife, “is a strange thing / As one lives, / time is nothing. / But then suddenly, / there you feel nothing but time: / time is all around us, / and time is inside of us, too.” in: The Knight of the Rose (Hugo von Hoffmannsthal)
„Zeit / Temps“ (“Time”) is an opulent costume celebration, a ball meandering through the centuries between crinolines, high heels, allonge wigs and hair gel. Choreographers Verena Billinger, Sebastian Schulz and their nine performers take the audience on a journey through sweeping-trickling, gushing-streaming time. In constant motion, the dancers stroll through the vast space, shifting positions and poses alternately as living sculptures and dancers. In constantly new clothes, their bodies drift through the many styles of the modern European era. They dance, linger, hesitate. They glance at each other, encounter and pass by. They welcome the chance, listen to the moment, hear the silence of faded voices. And time? It lingers, expands, contracts, and cannot be grasped.
Concept, choreography: Verena Billinger & Sebastian Schulz. By and with Sakurako Awano, Sheena Brunhart, Magdalena Dzeco, Camilla Fiumara, Challenge Gumbodete, Frank Koenen, Sanna Lundström, Rodolfo Piazza Pfitscher da Silva, Robert Redmer. Costumes: Sandra Li Maennel, Katharina Pia Schütz. Lights, tech: Hendrik Borowski. Project organisation: Sofie Luckhardt. Costume assistance: Souheila Benhassen, Lea Sommer. Set assistance: Evgenija Gerciu, Amos Zielinski. Photos: Marie Köhler, Florian Krauss. Production: Billinger & Schulz. Co-Production: Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt on the Main, FFT Düsseldorf. Funded by Cultural Affairs Frankfurt on the Main, the Ministry for Culture and Science North Rhine-Westphalia, Cultural Affairs Düsseldorf, the NRW Art Foundation. Supported by the Frankfurt LAB, the Z – Zentrum für Proben und Forschung. The artistic work of Verena Billinger and Sebastian Schulz is multi-annually funded by the Ministry for Culture and Science North Rhine-Westphalia and by the City of Frankfurt on the Main.