Why Don’t You Dance?

Foto: Stefan Malzkorn
Foto: Stefan Malzkorn

The ballroom is a promise, a place of great anticipations and secret desires and – as desires so often do not suffice – a place of hidden plans, old and new strategies and their spectacular staging.
She She Pop turns the theatre space into a dance floor and shows the ballroom with all its myths as a pitfall of pathetically exaggerated expectations. On the dance floor fantasy and reality diverge dramatically: Every dancer – prom queen, wallflower, gentleman or gate crasher – is caught in a role which has been carefully, artistically designed and rehearsed but whose fate will unfold beyond their individual control that night. The drama of staging oneself takes place before the eyes of all onlookers. In the artificiality and theatricality of the ballroom scenario the performers reveal their desire to interact, their longing for a successful encounter. Here, every eye contact, every innocent invitation to dance becomes loaded with meaning, a meaning that everyone present recognizes and either takes on wholeheartedly or rejects shyly.
The performers of She She Pop are torn between the public on the dance floor where every plot and plan becomes instantly visible and the retreat into a secluded space where they confide to the camera as if to a mirror and try to make the evening a success. Thus, they present the ballroom as a texture of personal stories, excess of significance and the urge for immediate decisions.
The audience move back and forth between the ballroom and a video lounge where the performers confessions to the live camera are projected: they may watch the dancers or invite each other to dance, they may identify with the fantasies of the performers or even try to fulfil them! Whatever they decide to do – either in close encounter on the dance floor or from a reserved view outside in the video lounge – they become participating witnesses of hopeless situations and glorious triumph.


Concept: She She Pop.
With: Johanna Freiburg, Fanni Halmburger, Lisa Lucassen, Mieke Matzke, Katharina Oberlik, Ilia Papatheodorou, Berit Stumpf and Sebastian Bark.

Light Design: Micha Lentner-Niyorugira, Oliver Petrowitsch.
Sound: Lars-Egge Müggenburg.
Stage: SSP and Holger Duwe. A
 Kaja Jakstat.
Choreography advice: Johnny Lloyd.

In co-production with Kampnagel Hamburg and Hebbel am Ufer Berlin.

Premiere: January 14th, 2004, Kampnagel Hamburg
Funded by the Kulturbehörde der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg and the Fonds Darstellende Künste, e.V. 



past dates:
July 4/5, 2008, Festival Baltoscandal, Rakvere, Estland
April , 2008, Kulturforum, Fürth
December , 2006, Kampnagel, Hamburg
November , 2006, Kampnagel, Hamburg
September , 2006, Mousonturm, Frankfurt/Main
February 23, 2006, Tanzplattform, Stuttgart
December 1-3, 2005, Theaterfestival Spielart, München
May , 2005, Staatstheater Oldenburg, Oldenburg
April 7/8, 2005, Kanonhallen, Kopenhagen, Dänemark
November , 2004, FFT, Düsseldorf
September , 2004, Tanzquartier, Wien, Österreich
June 26/27, 2004, d.a.m.p.f. Festival für Tanz, Medien und Performance, Köln
February 6-8, 2004, HAU, Berlin
January 14, 2004, Kampnagel, Hamburg


Funny, embarrassing, rich in emotion and a great success with the audience.
Hamburger Morgenpost, January16th, 2004

(…) a wonderful work, balancing delicately between performance and social event. She She Pop conceives a charming, highly entertaining and intelligent arrangement (…)
Daniel Schreiber, Theater der Zeit, March, 2004