We live with animals and we work with them. And since we lack a common language it is up to the bodies to negotiate the shared world. And: What we are, is just what we have become while working with them. With students of the Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT) we will explore the conditions of living and working together with animals in choreographic practices.
direction david weber-krebs
dramaturgy & theory maximilian haas
Balthazar is a longterm artistic research project by David Weber-Krebs (director) and Maximilian Haas (dramaturgy/theory) that explores our cultural relationship with animals using the means of theater. The performances show an encounter of one animal and a group of human performers on a stage. A donkey –Balthazar – is the protagonist, the centre of the action.
The project consists of a series of three performance productions and a book. Referring to the traditional division of the performing arts between theater, dance, and opera, each performance concentrates on a specific theatrical means: narration, choreography, and sound. And each of them has a different conceptual focus derived from the works of the three philosophers that shaped the contemporary reflection on the animal most prominently: Gilles Deleuze, Donna Haraway and Jacques Derrida. Visual artist Ines Lechleitner keeps records on the different project phases and creates an artist’s book that brings together the experiences and outcomes of those artistic experiments with the philosophical ideas. The performances will be developed with theater and dance students and presented on the occasion of festivals in Brussels, Hamburg and Amsterdam.