A Botanic Biography Study
Strong-voiced performer Magdalena Weniger and musician Jarii van Gohl embark on an expedition into the plant world in a multi-layered performance with live arrangements. Growing, being repotted, adapting, thriving or dying. Socialization processes are matched with botanical growth cycles, personal anecdotes are interwoven with memories of the family garden, science finds a surreal transfer in movements in space and time. "Without plants, who would know that everything has a root?"
I am the 6th of 7 children
seven natural births
my mother is an animal
dandelion or tiger lily
I am also
also called 'Black Velvet'
with dark red-brown markings along the leaf veins
flowers white, with a hint of pink
In their botanical work cycle, KOMA&Ko explore the dynamic human-environment exchange and collaborate with experts from art and science. In addition to the performative installation brach und wild (2021), the multi-layered solo performance Tiarella Hybrid - a botanical personality study (2021) and Compost Composing (2022), a performance walk that resulted in an immersive audiovisual installation, were created.
"And yet, in some places it remains open, leaves so much openness that everyone in the audience can insert their own story. That's a strength of the piece, it gets to your own roots."
Heidi Morgenstern/ dance writer review 16.10.2021
"This garden is a subjective one from front to back. On the other hand, one should put it this way: every garden is an expression of a personality, namely a human one. And Magdalena Weniger makes that clear from the start with her performance."
Rico Stehfest/ review Dresdner 15.10.2021
«Magdalena, this piece is so you!»
Caroline Beach/ Kollegin
Direction, Composition, Choreography and Performance
Music design and Performance
Jarii van Gohl, Song «Ecclesiastes» by Stevie Wonder
Production manager and Outside-Eye
Linda Pilar Brodhag
In exchange with the experts Emi Miyoshi (Performance), Charles Washington (Dance), Sigried Hagenguth und Jan Aurel (Botanics), Simone Türauf (Sociophsychology)
Magdalena Weniger, Veit Arlt, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Metamorphosis of Plants)
Julia Klockow, Katharine Schwarzer
A co-production of HELLERAU - European Center for the Arts Hellerau.
Funded by the City of Freiburg, the City of Dresden and by the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony. This action is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget passed by the Saxon Parliament. Supported by Studio Pro Arte Merzhausen and TanzNetzDresden.
Tecteam HELLERAU, Elisabeth Krefta, Matthias, Jasper und Liron Weniger, Susan Schubert/TENZA, Esther und Jürgen Gocke, TanzNetzDresden, Anna Till, Rike Beese, Laila Koller/E-WERK Freiburg, Team Studio Pro Arte, Annette Gilsdorf und Andreas Roeder-Reich/Tanzhalle Freiburg, Karlo Qui, Lilli Kaeten, Ali Reza Dehghan, Jens Rahnfeld, Andreas Ullrich, Lucie Freynhagen, Magdalenas Geschwister Janette, Tobias, Carlo, Maren, Theresa, Janosch, ihre Eltern Christa und Manni, sowie Großeltern Else, Adolf, Gottlob und Hilla.