At the intersection of dance and sign language

The dance production “Doggy Style” was born out of a fascination for dogs. The choreography transposes the athletic poetry of spontaneous canine movements onto human bodies and minds. Different scenes explore the uneasy relationship between dogs and their human companions — relationships which are fundamentally unequal, and yet can be both rewarding and sustainable.

Non-verbal communication plays a central role in “Doggy Style.” The evening-length production for four performers — all of them human — features an innovative mixture of dance and sign language, humanity and animality.The production has been designed to be accessible to both hearing and hearing-impaired audiences.

“An intelligent, species-blurring production performed with an incredible mix of liberty and exactitude… breathtaking to watch… a true iteration of poetry in motion.”
The Straights Times (Singapore), 22 January 2016

Trailer

Teaser

Documentary (in German)

CHOREOGRAPHER

Joshua Monten

DANCERS

Derrick Amanatidis
Karolina Kraczkowska
Ariadna Montfort
Jack Wignall
Francesca Imoda [alternate]
Joshua Monten [alternate]
TingAn Ying [alternate]

SIGN LANGUAGE COACHING

Brigitte Schökle Staerkle (DSGS)
Ariane Gerber (DSGS)
Diego Henrique de Assis da Conceição (LIBRAS)
Mathias Schäfer (DGS)
Barbara Alipranti (ASL)
Wang Li-Sa (SgSL)

LIGHTING DESIGN, SET DESIGN

Jonas Bühler

COSTUME DESIGN

Catherine Voeffray

DRAMATURGY

Yves Regenass

MUSIC CONSULTANT

Moritz Alfons

VIDEO

Alessandro Schiattarella

PHOTOGRAPHY

Christian Glaus
Jonas Kambli
Sabine Majer

CHOREOGRAPHIC ASSISTANT

Simea Cavelti

ADMINISTRATION

Dominique Cardito

PRODUCED BY

Verein Tough Love

COPRODUCED BY

Theater ROXY (Basel)
LOFFT – Das Theater (Leipzig)

WE GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS

Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
SWISSLOS/Kultur Kanton Bern
Kultur Stadt Bern
Burgergemeinde Bern
Kanton Basel Landschaft
Kanton St. Gallen
Stadt St. Gallen
Kulturamt der Stadt Leipzig
Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation
Ernst Göhner Foundation
Migros Culture Percent
Jubiläumsstiftung der Basellandschaftlichen Kantonalsbank
Gesellschaft für das Gute und Gemeinnützige
Gesellschaft zu Mittellöwen Bern
Sophie und Karl Binding Foundation
Tanzhaus Zürich
Schweizerischer Gehörlosenbund SGB-FSS

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

4 March 2015 — ROXY Birsfelden/Basel (CH) (premiere)
6 March 2015 — ROXY Birsfelden/Basel (CH)
7 March 2015 — ROXY Birsfelden/Basel (CH)
11 March 2015 (2x) — Tojo Theater, Bern (CH)
12 March 2015 — Tojo Theater, Bern (CH)
13 March 2015 — Tojo Theater, Bern (CH)
14 March 2015 — Tojo Theater, Bern (CH)
17 March 2015 — Grabenhalle, St. Gallen (CH)
18 March 2015 — Grabenhalle, St. Gallen (CH)
26 March 2015 (2x) — Dock 11, Berlin (D)
27 March 2015 (2x) — Dock 11, Berlin (D)
28 March 2015 — Dock 11, Berlin (D)
29 March 2015 — Dock 11, Berlin (D)
9 April 2015 — LOFFT – Das Theater, Leipzig (D)
11 April 2015 — LOFFT – Das Theater, Leipzig (D)
12 April 2015 — LOFFT – Das Theater, Leipzig (D)
15 May 2015 — Breaking 8, Festival Internazionale di Videodanza, Cagliari (IT)
10 September 2015 — LOFFT – Das Theater, Leipzig (D)
11 September 2015 (2x) — LOFFT – Das Theater, Leipzig (D)
12 September 2015 — LOFFT – Das Theater, Leipzig (D)
13 September 2015 — LOFFT – Das Theater, Leipzig (D)
21 September 2015 — FEIA – Festival do Instituto de Artes da Unicamp, Campinas (BR)
25 September 2015 — Queer New York International Arts Festival, Abrons Arts Center(US)
26 September 2015 — Queer New York International Arts Festival, Abrons Arts Center (US)
29 September 2015 — University of Chicago (US)
2 October 2015 — Plate-forme InciDanse, Fribourg (CH)
3 October 2015 — Plate-forme InciDanse, Fribourg (CH)
1 November 2015 — eigenARTig Festival, Schauspielhaus Bremen (D)
2 November 2015 — eigenARTig Festival, Schauspielhaus Bremen (D)
10 November 2015 (2x) — LOT Theater, Braunschweig (D)
11 November 2015 (2x) — LOT Theater, Braunschweig (D)
20 January 2016 — Singapore Fringe Festival(SG)
21 January 2016 — Singapore Fringe Festival(SG)
12 March 2016 — Hiver de Danses Festival, ADN, Neuchâtel (CH)
13 March 2016 — Hiver de Danses Festival, ADN, Neuchâtel  (CH)
13 May 2016 — Théâtre Sévelin 36, Lausanne (CH)
14 May 2016 — Théâtre Sévelin 36, Lausanne (CH)
27 January 2017 — Dampfzentrale Bern (CH)
28 January 2017 — Dampfzentrale Bern (CH)
25 February 2017 — Hivernales de danse, CDC, Avignon (F) (excerpt)
16 May 2017 — Stadttheater Solothurn (CH)
17 May 2017 — Stadttheater Solothurn (CH)
29 May 2017 — Spielraum, VISUAL 18 (Europäisches & Internationales Visuelles Theater Festival), Vienna (AT)
25 March 2019 — Tanztheatertage, Theater Hameln (D)