SEX MIT MADONNA
Premiere: March 2021 _ LOT-Theater Braunschweig
Theater im Delphi Berlin, QUARTIER Theater Hannover, LOT-Theater Braunschweig
„Dagegen helfen nur manische Musik von Madonna und manische Sprünge (…) in einem nicht enden wollenden Schneefall von Konfetti.“ Arnd Wesemann in TANZ magazine
As if struck by lightning, they dance euphorically, long deprived of their strength. Their bodies beg for relaxation but they find no peace. In this contemporary dance trio Chris Jäger takes on the socially tabooed bipolar disorder in its physicality. Also called manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is one of the most common mental illnesses in Germany and often puts those affected in precarious situations. How does a manic body move and how does a depressive one move? The tension between mania and depression in a single person, which sheerly tears body and mind apart, is the core of this choreographic confrontation.
„When I had sex with Madonna I felt good for a moment (…) she had been singing about me all her life.“ Thomas Melle – bipolar playwright
Supported by the Stiftung für Seelische Gesundheit, the Braunschweigische Stiftung, the Stiftung Niedersachsen, the Pankow District Office of Berlin and by the Fonds Darstellende Künste from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media #TakeAction. With the kind support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Bipolare Störung e.V., the Kulturinitiative Förderband gGmbH and the Landesverband Freier Theater Niedersachsen e.V..
A production by Chris Jäger and MIFRUSH Production in co-production with LOT-Theater Braunschweig | An event in the framework of Tanzstelle Braunschweig | Concept and choreography: Chris Jäger | Dramaturgy: Julia Heinrichs | Lighting design: Raquel Rosildete | Graphic designer: Edouard Duvernay | Camera and film editing: Oliver Schirmer | Production management: MIFRUSH Production Micaela Trigo, Urszula Heuwinkel | Dancers: Alessio Marchini, Justyna Kalbarczyk, Maya Milet
Premiere: November 2021 _ LOT-Theater Braunschweig / TanZzeit Festival
In PLÜSCH Chris Jäger spins an intimate and at the same time grotesque trio about helplessness, violence and trauma. PLÜSCH places individual dance expression at the center, making dancers victims and perpetrators at the same time. A negotiation of forces within one body and the accompanying physical states of traumatization are the core of this choreographic confrontation. „We don’t know what we don’t know“ (quote Steve Haines) but what about an unexpressed desire for brutality? PLÜSCH is strange. PLÜSCH confuses.
Concept and choreography_Chris Jäger / dance_Anna Mahalia Rose, Cecilia Castellari, Claudia Greco / singing_Anna Mahalia Rose / filmmaking_Giacomo Corvaia / make up_Maya Milet / costume_Chris Jäger / props_Gesa Heichel / assistence_Antonia Gersch
Premiere: September 2019 _ Seoul Dance Center (South Korea)
TAIFUN (English: typhoon) is the result of a 5 week choreographic research at Seoul Dance Center in the city of Seoul in South Korea. In this choreographic research Chris Jäger is focussing on the topic of mental health in collaboration with local dance artist Yejin Kwon. In this choreographic residency, Chris Jäger transfers the bodily effects of a mental health condition to performing bodies. In exchange with the local dance community and the kind support of the Seoul Dance Center and the Seoul Foundation of Arts and Culture he presented a 30 minute duet focussing on empathy and care within peoples approach on depression and mania in Korean society.
MOODY AND THE HELPER
Premiere: December 2016 _ LOT-Theater Braunschweig / TanZzeit Festival / „A whole LOT of dance“ Festival Braunschweig / The Wall °8 Festival PAUL Studios Berlin
MOODY AND THE HELPER is a short contemporary dance drama on two different ways to cope with loss and grief. One being sensitive and good hearted choosing to cover one’s pain and loss with care for others in order to deny ones own damages and the other choosing to react with anger and frustration. Both manifested in an innocent yet aggressive dance language forming two hilarious characters, Moody and The Helper. Who gets lost and who will be ok? A dance that is silly and authentic, unusual but honest.
Concept and choreography_Chris Jäger / dance_Claudia Greco, Alice Gaspari, Taylor Druri, Lorena Justrybo Marion / costume_Chris Jäger
BE MY BABY
Premiere: June 2014 _ Staatstheater Braunschweig
28th international competition for choreographers Hannover / Staatstheater Braunschweig / HAUT_Scene Festival Copenhagen, Denmark / Zawirowania Choreographic Competition Warsaw, Poland
BE MY BABY is Chris Jägers first professional choreographic work. A boy-meets-girl-story of naivety and desire showing a queer perspective on approaching one another. A story that will break your heart. „Im scared of what’s behind and what’s before (…) And after the storm?“ (Mumford and Sons – After The Storm) BE MY BABY was a finalist at the 28th competition for choreography in Hannover in 2014.
Concept and choreography_Chris Jäger / dance_ Gemma Miro Rocca, Sara Angius, Chris Jäger / / costume_Chris Jäger