Baumann & Henderson: How Things Go
The first joint creation of the newly formed author duo Felix Baumann (DE) and Sean Henderson (US/CH) combines dance, physical and visual theater with solid clowny art. The performance is amongst others inspired by The Way Things Go (1987), an art film by the Swiss artist duo Peter Fischli and David Weiss, which documents a long causal chain assembled of everyday objects. “How things go” is a movement based research of objects and materials, their physicality and function, their momentum, and the influence they have on the human body in motion.
In “How things go” two guys try to build something which is remarkable for their life. On the way their encounter with the objects causes a chain of reactions, where failure is incarnated, in the architecture of their plan. But without giving up and sustaining their sense of humor they keep rolling, stubborn like a stone falling into the water.
We would like to thank, among others, the following for the inspiration: the inventors of games like “Domino, Mikado & Jenga”, the makers of the comic characters and series like “Pat A Mat”, as well as the long traditions of silent movies and their founders like “Chaplin, Keaton, Llyod & others”.
The performance is suitable for any kind of audience, and can be performed both, indoor and outdoor.
“Baumann and Henderson chose relativization of motion as one of the clear principles, working with the reaction speed and physical properties of wood. Precisely constructed gags drove the absurdities into increasingly absurd actions, especially in the layering of physical nonsense arising from the effort to build out something special of the available wood. They went in all possible directions (even outside the stage) and by manipulating the wood, by pushing it and replacing it, they changed the spatial arrangement, trying the vertical and the inclined plane. They themselves then slid and slipped, climbing up the boards to repeatedly fall in and drop out, disappearing and appearing, passing and bumping into things and into each other.” (Hana Strejčková / Divadelní Noviny 7.7.2020)
Concept, direction, choreography: Felix Baumann (DE/CZ), Sean Henderson (US/CZ)
Interpretation: Felix Baumann (DE/CZ), Sean Henderson (US/CZ)
Outside-Eye: Marie Gourdain (FR/CZ)
Stage and visual design: Felix Baumann (DE/CZ), Sean Henderson (US/CZ)
Music / sound design: Jakub Štourač (CZ)
Lighting design: Jiří Šmirk (CZ)
Production: Von B bis Z | Baumann&Zöller GbR (DE)
Co-production: Švestkový Dvůr / Plum Yard (CZ)
Many thanks to these institutions for providing residential spaces and support: Švestkový Dvůr / Plum Yard (CZ) and Studio ALTA (CZ).
The project was financially supported by: Švestkový Dvůr / Plum Yard – Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, State Fund for the Culture of the Czech Republic and South Bohemia region. And by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media in the program NEUSTART KULTUR, aid program DIS-TANZEN of the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland.
40 minutes, no language barrier
Photo: Michal Hančovský