Research Laboratory

Each festival and symposium, artists are doing research on behalf of FRATZ – solo or in collectives.

Lecture-Performance on the stage of Theater o.N.
Timeslot: May 14th, 20:00
Location: Theater o.N. – Utas Treff

Utas Treff is open afterwards: casual gathering in the café and in front of the theater


by Florian Bilbao

In his research laboratory, Florian Bilbao, collaborating with dancer Wibke Storkan and with advisory support for Japanese dance by Chihoco Yanagi and puppetry by Iduna Hegen, experiments with translating the media of kamishibai, kabuki and shadow theater into dance and body work. He is interested in different dimensions (tiny, human, huge) and the principles of metamorphoses and transformations. At what point is a human being — inwardly and outwardly — inhuman? What is within us that we don't want to show? Why not? The lab will explore these questions and develop an intergenerational performative approach, focusing on the perspective of children. How free do children feel in their expressive possibilities? Where do they experience restriction and powerlessness? How can we encourage them to get to know and accept their shadow sides?

The dancers immerse themselves in a world of poetic narration where images speak for themselves. A dialogue emerges between two bodies and their shadows in different dimensions."Shadow-Light-Body" is choreographic research inspired by ancient Asian arts.


The research laboratory is a project by Offensive Tanz für junges Publikum. Funded by TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and co-financed by the State of Berlin - Senate Department for Culture and Europe.