Ich guck Dich an

summer 2021

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"I'm looking at you. You look at me We look at each other. ”These words come up again and again in the dance piece. The result is a duet between the violinist Tonio Geugelin and the dancer Mark Christoph Klee, in which the gaze between the two performers and the audience is central. The playful scenes do not follow a narrative, but are strung together motifs from movement, music and spoken text, all of which examine facets of a first encounter.

 

The performers approach each other carefully, introduce themselves, keep eye contact, dare a first touch, share quiet moments that feel like an eternity and play a game with their own expectations and those of the audience. Geugelin and Klee alternate between demonstrative presence and a private being-together. This also changes the view of the audience - sometimes they are addressed directly, sometimes they are just observers.

 

The huge fabric cubes and curtains by the visual artist Jasiek Mischke  form the decor. They transform any location into a temporary stage and influence the mood of the piece with their colorful playfulness. Coralie Merle accompanied the rehearsal process and worked as a dramaturge.

 

For the first time Merle | Mischke | Klee is working with live music and has found a musician in Geugelin who has not only written completely new compositions for “Ich guck Dich an”, but also takes great pleasure in exploring movement himself. The collective often plays on theaters and exhibition rooms in larger cities. With “Ich guck Dich an” they want to create first encounters between their work and an audience that is new to dance in rural regions of Schleswig-Holstein. For that reason the duet can play in calm public space or spacious halls and community centers.

“Ich guck dich an” is a production by Merle | Mischke | Klee GbR and was co-produced by SE Kultur / Verein für Jugend- und Kulturarbeit Kreis Segeberg and the Palais für aktuelle Kunst Glückstadt. The M1. / Arthur Boskamp Stiftung provided rehearsal residencies. The project is funded by the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media and the Ministry for Education, Science and Culture Schleswig-Holstein.

 

The mediation and exchange formats that Merle | Mischke | Klee develop, in order to specifically reach an audience in rural areas, are funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media in the NEUSTART KULTUR program, DIS-DANZEN aid program of the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland.

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