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Radical Cheerleading | Zufit Simon

22. Feb. 2024

In 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. From February 22 - 24 at schwere reiter

"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 that is used in a wide variety of contexts. It was developed by queer-feminist activists in the 1990s. Codes of cheerleading, known from sporting competitions, are used and subverted in this production to convey their own messages. Glamor, glitter and a mix of various slogans are elements of this joyful, ironic alternative to militant forms of protest.

Nominated for "DER FAUST" - German Theater Award 2023: [ Inszenierung Tanz ].

From the nomination statement:

"...Skilled in her craft and with great intensity, she implements a clear concept and effective images. Together with her ensemble, Zufit Simon has succeeded in creating an extraordinary dance performance with humor and depth from the peaceful form of protest "Radical Cheerleading"."

The premiere was funded by the Cultural Department of the City of Munich and the Lower Saxony Foundation, as well as made possible by the BLZT, Bavarian State Association for Contemporary Dance with funds from the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts. 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 NEUSTART KULTUR. Hilfsprogramm Tanz, as well as funding from the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR. Zufit Simon is a member of Tanztendenz München e.V.

Artistic Director / Choreography: Zufit Simon | Creation + Dance: Dorota Michalak, Erika Leo/Sophie Prins, Sunayana Shetty, Cary Shiu, Zufit Simon | Sound: Fredrik Olofsson | Lighting Design: JOM | Costume: Mirella Oestreicher | Outside Eye: Clarissa Rêgo, Moritz Gagern | Production Management: Dietrich Oberländer | Press: Beate Zeller | Performance Photos: Dieter Hartwig

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