„We have this fabulous intelligence, but, we also in some ways, we are the most fragile living
beings on this planet. So fragile that we – because of the capacities – we risk failing in ways that
will destroy every possibilities of any human future.“

– Jan Helge Solbakk, Bioethicist from Oslo

The documentary performance “Fleshdance” negotiates on the basis of 12 interviews with 21 protagonists from all over Europe,  the most rudimentary form of our being in today’s society – our flesh. Three performers navigate through interviews with the protagonists using live music, live video and language.

The Protagonists come from fields like the porn industry, food industry, church, bioethics, cannibalism and many more. Fascination meets revulsion, theory meets practice, body meets consciousness: Individuals on data carriers, concepts of the unthinkable, perception as the basis of the mind, the vulnerability of the human body, the non-locatability of human thought in a binary logic, the question of the possibility of disembodied existence, the mind will and the flesh desire.

The co-presence of the cinematic means, the live performers and the audience a space is created that enables the simultaneity of the seemingly incompatible, perspectives collide and search for fractures and connections between concepts. 

Adrineh Simonian (Arthouse Vienna), Anonym, Brother Thomas (Assisi), Erica Petrillo (Milano), Kris (kyborgismus.cz, Prague), Jan Helge Solbakk (Oslo), Liza Pinelli (Budapest), Maria 2.0 (Münster), Michael Sens (Seveetal), Nastija Jijolic (Plesni klub Zebra, Ljubljana), Norbert Denef (Scharbeutz), Veronika Krajmerová (Dvanást duší, Bratislava)


3 December 202318:00Lichthof Theater, Hamburg, Germany
2 December 202320:00Lichthof Theater, Hamburg, Germany
15 January 202318:00Ballhaus Ost, Berlin, Germany
14 January 202320:00Ballhaus Ost, Berlin, Germany
13 January 202320:00Ballhaus Ost, Berlin, Germany


Concept and Artistic Direction Sophie Krause, Robin Plenio 
Performance Terrence Xavier Johnson
(Live)Video Sophie Krause
Composition and musical direction Robin Plenio
Costume Marie Akoury
Dramaturgy Lena Fritschle
Postproduction David-Simon Groß, Sophie Krause
Technical Direction Eugen Geisler
Lighting Design Lennart Beese
Production management Laura Wiesinger


Funded by

A production by boikott in cooperation with Ballhaus Ost. Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Rahmen von NEUSTART KULTUR.

The guest performance is made possible by the Ilse and Dr. Horst Rusch Foundation and supported by the NATIONALE PERFORMANCENETZ Gastspielförderung Theater, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Ministries of Culture and the Arts of the federal states.