Florentina Holzinger & Vincent Riebeek / CAMPO (AT/NL/BE)
The world of beauty and wellness meets the theatre in a spectacular and sexy superficial performance with depth. Is that even possible? It is, when the artists’ names are Florentina Holzinger and Vincent Riebeek.
«Wellness» examines aspects of popular culture that have ambitions to influence, change, and heal the world. The physical boundaries and healing qualities of all sorts of wellness methods and treatments are explored. The performers set out their own wellness goals. These may be purely physical and aesthetic – with militaristic cross fit sessions for perfect tense muscles in all the right places – but also holistic – philosophical – with far-reaching psychotherapy and meditation sessions. Their ultimate goal? A perfect symbiosis between a healthy body and a healthy mind. The five performers strive for nothing less than their own version of Miss or Mister Universe.
In this project the controversial duo Florentina Holzinger and Vincent Riebeek break their usual duet format and work with other artists on stage, under the motto, ‘if you want to travel fast, travel alone, if you want to travel far, travel together.’ Together with Renée Copraij (who danced with Jan Fabre for many years), Christian Bakalov (who’s worked with Jérôme Bel, Ivo Dimchev & Miet Warlop) and Andrius Mulokas (performed with Fernando Belfiore), they want to open up their way of working, and feel the need to search for a greater unison and unity. All of this in a piece that explores what it is to challenge oneself. Where wellbeing coexists with being the best you can be.
«What the dancers do up to this point, is sensational. In terms of speed, power and aesthetics, the company can compete with the big names of the scene, and it is true: Though the description of quite explicit depictions of sexual acts may repel some potential viewers, the ‘athletic’ quality of dance and gymnastics, the charisma and professionalism of the actors is so convincing that the evening never turns uncomfortable».
theaterpur.net, Dietmar Zimmermann
By: Florentina Holzinger & Vincent Riebeek With: Christian Bakalov, Renée Copraij, Florentina Holzinger, Andrius Mulokas, Vincent Riebeek Technique: Korneel Coessens, Anne Meeussen Production: CAMPO Co-production: FFT (Düsseldorf), Theater Im Pumpenhaus (Münster), Gessnerallee (Zürich), Mousonturm (Frankfurt), SPRING Performing Arts Festival (Utrecht), SPIELART Festival (Munich)