Before dance became art, before it tried to express anything, before it was a ceremony or a technique, it was a game.

Gaming is a thread that connects many of Joshua Monten’s previous work. Now, in “Game Theory,” Monten looks a bit more deeply at the basic building blocks of play: freedom and rules, ritual and surprise, adrenaline and flow. “Game Theory” is a kinesthetic portrait of play — a typology of play’s basic forms — which is highly personal and still immediately recognizable. The result is an aesthetically rigorous composition with ample room for freedom and joy.

To play means to act out situations that are not possible or not allowed in daily life. To play means to destroy and create, to flirt with danger, to release one’s animal energies, to experience the thrills of domination and being dominated. The games we like the best are often the ones that have consequences and risks, games that are more than just a game, games that make our head spin and can break our heart.

CHOREOGRAPHY

Joshua Monten

DANCE

Claudio Costantino
Angela Demattè
Sandra Klimek
Max Makowski
Jack Wignall

DRAMATURGY

Guy Cools

COSTUME DESIGN

Catherine Voeffray

LIGHTING DESIGN

Jonas Bühler

MUSIC CONSULTANT

Moritz Alfons

VIDEO

Yannick Mosimann

APPRENTICES

Rozemarijn Louwerse
Niki Stalder
Frederik Kaijser

PRODUCED BY

Verein Tough Love

COPRODUCED BY

Dampfzentrale Bern (CH)
Krokusfestival Hasselt (B)
Kunsten op Straat/Werkplaats Diepenheim (NL)

WE GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS

Pro Helvetia
SWISSLOS / Kultur Kanton Bern
Kultur Stadt Bern
Burgergemeinde Bern
Migros Kulturprozent
GVB Kulturstiftung
Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung
Gesellschaft zu Ober-Gerwern
Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art
Sophie und Karl Binding Stiftung
Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung

PERFORMANCES

20 February 2020 (try-out) — Dampfzentrale Bern (CH)
21 February 2020 — Dampfzentrale Bern (CH) (premiere)
22 February 2020 — Dampfzentrale Bern (CH)
26 February 2020 — Krokusfestival Hasselt (B)
11 March 2020 — Dock 11 Berlin (D)
12 March 2020 — Dock 11 Berlin (D)
13 March 2020 — Dock 11 Berlin (D)
14 March 2020 — Dock 11 Berlin (D) — CANCELLED
24-26 July 2020 — Heimland Festival, Diepenheim (NL) — CANCELLED