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Break it Down

Performance, video & object, 2015 @ SIGNALWEGE. Eine Begegnung von Kunst und Wissenschaft, Rudolf Virchow Center for Experimental Biomedicine in Würzburg Collaboration with musician Young roDDie, dancers Lisa Kuttner & Andrea Kneis (Tanzraum Würzburg), and Michael Lamprecht, Krzysztof Malicki & Alexander Pollner (Dancefloor Destruction Crew)

Break it Down uses imagery and ideas directly stemming from the on-site working process itself. The source material is taken from conversations (with scientists from the Rudolf Virchow Center), from improvisation and experimentation (in a dance workshop and in rehearsals with professionals and amateur dancers), as well as from study and discussions (regarding "Gaudium et Spes" - "Joy and Hope" - the Pastoral Constitution of the Second Vatican Council).

Specific structures in protein molecules (i.e. "random coils") as well as actual tasks of proteins in the cell were interpreted in the performance, such as the "motor proteins" that are responsible for transporting substances within the cell and through the cell's membrane.

The final scene of the performance, as well as the refrain in the end of the rap song – "It’s a jungle in there" – refers to the crowded, competitive environment in every human cell, the so-called "molecular crowding" in the cytoplasm. At the same time, it is a reference to the incredible complexity of the human body - each cell is densely packed and full of many unsolved mysteries. This final scene was reproduced in a life-sized group of dancers, which stood on a ledge above the video in the exhibition.

Break it Down

Scientific consultation: Dr. Katrin Heinze, Prof. Dr. Caroline Kisker, Dr. Sonja Lorenz und Dr. Ann Wehman.
Weitere Unterstützung: Jessica Lutz, Jugendkirche Würzburg.
Co-Produktion Video: SkyscreamArts


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