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Gravity Piece

Rotterdam Presenta
Planwerkstatt 378, Erkrather Straße 191, 40233 Düsseldorf
duration: ca 100 min. // without language
19€/11€ erm.

Join our gravity! Be part of our gravity!


In physics, everything moves toward everything else. In a gravitational system, things pull at each other – not because they match, but because they are falling in the same direction. Tiny particles and heavy hunks, fine material and glutinous bodies – they all form a reluctant disorder, or a still life. Rotterdam Presenta employ the means of choreography, music and object art to examine the coinciding collapse of everyday objects and people. They found the fictitious “Aerobic Life Institute” and invite their audience into Düsseldorf’s Planwerkstatt, to communally try out gravity. Bodies, plastic cups, helium-filled balloons, tools and air cushions fall together or veer towards a controlled tilt. They topple on top of each other, and, with time, start overwriting the room.


GRAVITY PIECE is part of the research series “complicity with active material” that is dedicated to the performative qualities of material, surfaces and objects. As a critique in the dispute with anthropocentric world views and stage settings, they produced their performance “accident exercises” which guested at ERGO Ipsum as an FFT co-production, back in 2019. In it, Rotterdam Presenta exhibited different bodies, moments, and forms of collision, based on the accident as a sudden impact. With GRAVITY PIECE, they are now moving from collision to collapse.


The GRAVITY PIECE performance will be complemented by an installation that opens on November 18 and which will be visible before and after the GRAVITY PIECE performances.

Rotterdam Presenta
Rotterdam Presenta is a platform for long-term work on cross-disciplinary formats settled between performance and installation. The label, based in both Düsseldorf and Brussels, was founded by Stine Hertel („Das Universum“, 2017; Support Grant for Performing Arts of the City of Düsseldorf 2018) and Jan Rohwedder („conditio humana“, 2014; HEMISPHERES, 2017), and it initiates collaborations between artists* who share similar interests while bringing different perspectives. Their current research series “complicity with active material” most recently resulted in the site-specific performance “accident exercises”, an exercise series on mishaps that was produced in cooperation with the FFT Düsseldorf and went on to be shown at the former insurance archive ERGO Ipsum in Düsseldorf as well as at the Favoriten Festival 2020.
Stage, Choreography: Stine Hertel, Jan Rohwedder. Performance: Mario Barrantes Espinoza, Katarzyna Kania, Menzo Kircz. Sound/Music: Niels Bovri, Clara Lévy. Dramaturgy: Johanna-Yasirra Kluhs. Costumes: Caroline Creutzburg. Production Management: Carina Graf. Technical Direction/Lighting: Ryoya Fudetani. Production: Rotterdam Presenta; Coproduction: FFT Düsseldorf. Supported by: Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Kunststiftung NRW, Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V., Cultural Department of the State Capital of Düsseldorf, Stiftung van Meeteren. Facilitated by: Hessische Theaterakademie, artblau Tanzwerkstatt, kunstencentrum BUDA, Performance Art Research Ljubljana.