Joy

(original German title: “Freude”)

Dance Production by Joshua Monten

 



“Joy” is an evening-length dance production for five charmingly violent dancers. It explores the unexpectedly joyful art of stage fighting, freed from the constraints of plot and psychological realism.


The choreography is based on the classic elements of stage fighting: punching, slapping, kicking, tackling, and so on. Intricate sequences of consensual violence are deconstructed and reconstructed through distortions, changes of perspective and merciless repetition. This is serious play, hilariously tragic, and thrilling to watch.


However “Joy” is more than just a glorification of violence. The choreography explores how violence has such an electrifying effect upon its viewers — even though many are loathe to admit this most guilty of pleasure. Central to the work is Freud’s notion of Schadenfreude — the ways in which we are all capable of taking pleasure in other people’s misfortune.




VIDEO LINK 1

(chosen by “Video of the Month” by TANZ magazine)


VIDEO LINK 2




PRODUCTION TEAM


CHOREOGRAPHY: Joshua Monten


DANCE: Vittorio “Ebola” Bertolli, Francesca “The Enforcer” Imoda, Konstantinos “Rattlesnake” Kranidiotis, Ariadna “Steel Knuckles” Montfort, Jack “Knife” Wignall


STAGE FIGHTING: Lukas Schmocker


LIGHTING DESIGN: Jonas Bühler


COSTUME DESIGN: Catherine Voeffray


STAGE DESIGN: Jann Messerli


MUSICAL DRAMATURGY: Moritz Alfons


PRODUCED BY: Verein Tough Love


COPRODUCED BY: Dampfzentrale Bern, Ballhaus Ost (Berlin)


WE GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS: Pro Helvetia, SWISSLOS / Kultur Kanton Bern, Kultur Stadt Bern, Burgergemeinde Bern, Stadt St. Gallen, Migros Kulturprozent, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung, Jubiläumsstiftung der Schweizerischen Mobiliar Genossenschaft, SIS – Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung, Societé Suisse des Auteurs




PERFORMANCES


31 March 2016 — Dampfzentrale Bern (CH)

1 April 2016 — Dampfzentrale Bern (CH)

3 April 2016 — Dampfzentrale Bern (CH)

8 April 2016 (2x) — Ballhaus Ost, Berlin (D)

9 April 2016 — Ballhaus Ost, Berlin (D)

10 April 2016 — Ballhaus Ost, Berlin (D)

21 May 2016 — Lokremise, St. Gallen (CH)

30 July 2016 – DanceBARN Screendance Festival, Battle Lake, Minnesota (US)

8 September 2016 — Dock 11, POOL Festival, Berlin (D)

8 October 2016 – Fundació Miró, Festival de Videodanza de Palma, Mallorca (ES)

4 November 2016 — Bestias Danzantes Festival, Santiago (CL)

5 November 2016 — Bestias Danzantes Festival, Santiago (CL)

6 November 2016 — Bestias Danzantes Festival, Santiago (CL)

5 November 2016 – Egomio Theater, Moving Waves Festival, Nicosia (CY)

6 November 2016 – Egomio Theater, Moving Waves Festival, Nicosia (CY)

16 December 2016 — Teatro Villa Amphili, Danza in Corto Festival, Rome (IT)

17 December 2016 — Rollout Macao Dance Film Festival, Macao (CN)

18 December 2016 — Rollout Macao Dance Film Festival, Macao (CN)

19 April 2017 — Tanzwoche Dresden (D)
21 April 2017 — Braga International Video Dance Festival (PT)

27 April 2017 — Braga International Video Dance Festival (PT)

28 April 2017 — ScreenDance Festival, Dansmuseet, Stockholm (SE)

29 April 2017 — Athens Video Dance Project (GR)

26 May 2017 — Festival Internacional de Teatro y Artes de Calle, Valladolid (ES

27 May 2017 — Festival Internacional de Teatro y Artes de Calle, Valladolid (ES)

10 September — Zita Volkets Bio, Stockholm Fringe Festival (SE)

29 September - 21 October 2017 — Quinzena de Dança de Almada (PT)

26 October 2017 — Sumpfblumen, Hameln (D)

3 November 2017 — ÉviDanse Festival, CCL, Saint-Imier (CH)

9 February 2018 — Krokusfestival, Hasselt (B)

25 March 2018 — Theater Konstanz (D)

26 April 2018 — Printemps carougeois, Carouge (CH)

27 April 2018 — Printemps carougeois, Carouge (CH)

25 May 2018 — Szene Waldviertel, Horn, Austria (AT)

26 May 2018 — Szene Waldviertel, Horn, Austria (AT)

20 June 2018 — Teatro Provincial de Curicó (CL)

21 June 2018 — Teatro Regional del Maule (CL)

19 September 2018 — CIFCET Festival, El Hanager Arts Center, Cairo (EG)

20 September 2018 — CIFCET Festival, El Hanager Arts Center, Cairo (EG)

19 October 2018 (2x) — Esplanade Theatre, Singapore (SG)

20 October 2018 — Esplanade Theatre, Singapore (SG)

1 November 2018 — UniDram Festival, Waschhaus Arena, Potsdam (D)

20 December 2018 — Festival de Meknès de Théâtre, Meknès (MA)

30 January 2019 — Belgrade Dramatic Theater (RS)