Radical Cheerleading | Zufit Simon

16. Feb. 2023

A Piece about Dance as a Form of Protest

world premiere: November 18 / 2022, 8 pm

second performance: November 19 / 2022, 8 pm

LOT-Theater Braunschweig

January 27 + 28 /2023, 7pm


Munich-Premiere: February 16,2023, 8.30 pm

further performances: February 17 + 18, 2023, 8.30 pm

schwere reiter München

In the most recent, major conflicts within capitalist democracies, dance has taken a firm place as a form of demonstration.Be it the "Standing Man" in Gezi Park, yoga sessions during Occupy or the dancers of the Egyptian National Ballet,dance expression has always proven to be an effective means of peaceful protest."Embodied protest" and "protest choreographies" have therefore long been part of a new self-image of contemporary dance practitioners."Radical cheerleading" is one of these forms of expression, used in a wide variety of contexts, developed by queer-feminist activists in the 1990s.

Codes of "cheerleading", known from athletic competitions, are used and subverted in this production to convey its own messages.

Glamour, glitter and a mix of various slogans are elements of this joyful, ironic alternative to militant forms of protest.

Artistic Direction / Choreography:  Zufit Simon

Creation + Dance: Dorota Michalak, Erika Leo, Sunayana Shetty, Cary Shiu, Zufit Simon

Sound: Fredrik Olofsson

Lighting Design: JOM

Costume Design: Mirella Oestreicher

Outside Eye: Clarissa Rêgo

Management: Dietrich Oberländer

PR: Beate Zeller

Photography: Oliver Look

The production is supported by the Cultural Department of the City of Munich and the Foundation of Lower Saxony.

The research phase of this production was supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK - STEPPING OUT,

funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the initiative NEUSTART KULTUR. Hilfsprogramm Tanz. Supported as well from the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR. With the kind support of Ufer Studios and dock 11, Berlin.

Zufit Simon is a member of Tanztendenz München e.V.