27th Festival 2017

Main programme

Saturday 11. Nov. // 5.00 – 6.30 p.m.

From 14 years

Sunday 12. Nov. // 5.00 – 6.30 p.m.

Schaubühne Lindenfels

€ 22.00 (red. € 17.00 )

steptext dance project, Bremen


»Zwei Giraffen tanzen Tango – Bremer Schritte« 
(»Two giraffes are dancing tange – Bremen steps«) VIDEO CLIP  


Dance piece

Conception and choreography:

Helge Letonja
based on the original choreography by Gerhard Bohner (1980)


Serge Weber und Originalkomposition: Gerald Humel


Rena Donsbach


Katja Fritzsche

Lighting design:

Laurent Schneegans


Leila Bakhtali, Irene García Martínez, Mariko Koh, Magali Sander Fett, Frauke Scharf, Kossi Sébastien Aholou-Wokawui, Konan Dayot, Oh Chang Ik, Médoune Seck, N.N.

Introduction before both performances: Heide-Marie Härtel, Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut Bremen, and Helge Letonja, choreographer, steptext dance project, Bremen

All in black, a group of mourners enters the snow-white stage. Miraculous, mythical creatures join them, a swarm of birds, the Egyptian guard of the dead Anubis, a tap dancer and a ballerina in pointe shoes. Events are slow, quiet, highly concentrated; they are characterized by bizarre figures, elements of the absurd, grotesque and humour.

»Zwei Giraffen tanzen Tango« (»Two giraffes are dancing tango«) is the name of a piece by Gerhard Bohner (1936-92). He created it in 1980 with the Bremer Tanztheater; he had taken over the artistic direction, together with Reinhild Hoffmann, in 1978. Gerhard Bohner unified choreography, visual arts and contemporary music and embodies an important stage in German dance history. In 1998, euro-scene Leipzig showed his solo »Im (Goldenen) Schnitt I« (»In the (golden) ratio I«) with Cesc Gelabert from Barcelona as the festival’s opening night.

Helge Letonja was born in Leoben / Austria in 1970. He completed his dance education in Frankfurt/M., Amsterdam and New York, and was a dancer at the Tanztheater Bremen for Susanne Linke. In 1996, he founded steptext dance project. 36 years after the world première of »Zwei Giraffen tanzen Tango«, he reconstructed numerous sequences; at the same time, he opens up new associative spaces.

Premiére: 09.06.2016, Theater Bremen / Kleines Haus

Contact: www.steptext.de

World premiére of the original choreography: 28.05.1980, Concordia-Theater, Bremen / 06.06.1980, Akademie der Künste, Berlin

Production: steptext dance project, Bremen / Co-Production: Theater Bremen

The guest play is funded by TANZFONDS ERBE – an initiative by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.