20:00 Uhr
20:00 Uhr
20:00 Uhr

Cherchez la femme

Cooperativa Maura Morales
FFT Juta
19€/11€ (erm.)

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After the performance on Friday, 22 nov there will be an audience talk.

Düsseldorf-based choreographer Maura Morales has recently taken a look at the fate and power of female characters in her most current productions. So, Sysiphus served as a model for the plight in women’s biographies. The iridescent, mythical Phaedra became a driven figure between youth and old age in her interpretation. Most recently, she and a female dance ensemble focussed on the #metoo debate in “Phobos”.


The Cuban-born choreographer found inspiration for her new work, soon to premiere at FFT Düsseldorf, in US-American photographer Francesca Woodman. Her photographs have a soothing effect. The atmospheric black-and-white pictures mostly show herself: Nudes in abandoned houses, spectral apparitions. Woodman, who committed suicide in 1981 at 22, is both an object to the beholder as well as the artistic subject behind the staging. What is beauty? And what meaning does this ascription carry? Cherchez la femme is a breath-taking game with images and narratives centred around the female body. Together with two additional dancers, she takes on Woodman’s work, creating a simultaneously disrupting as well as beautiful imagery set to Michio’s live music accompaniment.

Cooperativa Maura Morales is a Düsseldorf-based contemporary dance company led by dancer/choreographer Maura Morales and guitarist/composer Michio. Since its foundation in 2010, the ensemble has won numerous awards, among them the renowned Kurt Jooss Award, the jury award for best dance performance at the International Dance Fair in Huesca/Spain, the Support Grant for Performative Arts of the State Capitol of Düsseldorf as well as the DURI Award at the international dance festival ACT in Bilbao/ Spain. The ensemble receives regular invitations to tour renowned dance festivals throughout Europe, in Latin America and the Middle East, too.

Concept/Direction/Choreography: Maura Morales. Dancers: Maura Morales, Kalin Morrow, Mihyun Ko. Composition/Live Music: Michio Woirgardt. Dramaturgy: Michaela Predeick. Lighting Design/Technical Direction: Grace Morales Suso. Stage Design: Anne-Katrin Puchner, Maura Morales. Costumes: Marion Strehlow. Assistance: Marcela Ruiz Quintero. Supported by the Ministry for Culture and Sciences of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste as well as by the Cultural Department of the State Capitol of Düsseldorf and the Cultural Office of the State Capitol of Hanover. A production by Cooperativa Maura Morales in coproduction with FFT Düsseldorf, Hessisches Staatsballett/Staatstheater Darmstadt & Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Ringlokschuppen Ruhr, Theater im Pumpenhaus Münster, EISFABRIK Hanover.