Leandro Kees is an Argentinian/German artist working in the fields of theatre, dance, video and performance. He studied film and theatre in Argentina and contemporary dance in Germany. His works have toured in more than 20 countries - often in collaboration with the Goethe Institute - and have been presented in venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Sadler’s Wells, tanzhaus NRW and others. His creative process revolves around the question of how to stage philosophical and political questions for a wide range of audiences. He is the co-founder of the artist collective performing:group. Their work, which is often produced for young audiences, is currently touring worldwide and has been translated into more than 10 languages.
"Some of the most brilliantly imaginative, humorous, touching theatre I have seen this year. Through a combination of dance, conversation and drawings, they tell their stories. [...] But they tell us so much more, too. Without ever seeming salacious — or inappropriate — they touch, glancingly, on subjects such as sexuality, nationalism, sex, feminism, loneliness and grief. This isn’t modern dance. If anything, it is a modernist novel, in dance. But it is infinitely more interesting than either genre (or that description) would lead you to believe."
***** (5 stars), THE TIMES
about ‘Chalk About' prod. by Curios Seed (Edinburgh / UK).
"A fast-as-lightning change of performative attitudes is a trademark of this show, from rage attacks to emphatic demonstration of facts or teenage-like exuberance. Grüne Soße and performance artist Leandro Kees got together to stage a production that delivers unusual physicality, spontaneity and an appetite for the undefinable"
FAZ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)
about ‘Sex, Drugs, Ethics, History and Rock&Roll' (Frankfurt / DE)
(c) Pipo Tafel
TRASHedy (c) Paul Schöpfer
"The diversity of resources is highly impressive: dance, animated drawings, audio recordings, lighting, interaction with the audience. TRASHedy is a firework of all the possibilities theatre has to offer."
Festival Augenblick mal!
about 'TRASHedy' prod. by performing:group (Berlin / DE)
"This is one of the strongest qualities of 'For Pleasure.' It's relational in the most evident sense of what a live performance means, connecting directly to the audience, physically, which becomes a strong symbolic statement of this work, politically, socially, intimately, and about a vision of art as a space where it is still possible to reconnect with people."
Dance Journalist Claudia Galhos
about the premiere of 'For Pleasue' prod. by performing:group (Marseille / FR)
Awards, Grants and Nominations
2016, Gelsenkirchen (DE)
Main Jury Prize at Westwind Festival for ‚Das Unsichtbare Haus‘ - State Theatre of Münster
2016, Düsseldorf (DE)
Nominated for the Prize 'Förderpreis NRW'
2014, Marseille (FR)
Recipient of the Production Grant ‚Tryangle' for the show ‚For Pleasure‘ - tanzhasu nrw /performing:group
2013, Bonn (DE)
Main Jury Prize at Westwind Festival for ‚TRASHedy‘ - tanzhasu nrw /performing:group
2013, Bonn (DE)
Audience Prize at Westwind Festival for ‚TRASHedy‘ - tanzhasu nrw /performing:group
2012, Neuquén (AR)
Main Jury Prize at the 'Selectivo Provincial de Teatro' for ‚Antropomorfia’
2012, Düsseldorf (DE)
Nominated for the Prize 'Förderpreis für darstellende Künste der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf'
2010, Dresden (DE)
Recipient of the Prod. Grant Tanzplan Deutschland for 'Antropomorfia' (Hellerau, Semper Oper, Palucca)
2009, Essen (DE)
Folkwang Prize to Ximena Ameri for the piece ‚Eine Odyssee‘, directed by Leandro Kees
2006, Ludwigshafen (DE)
Finalist at the 'No-Ballet' Festival and Dance Competition with ‚Protecciones’
2006, Salt Lake City (US)
Winner of the International Dance for Camera Festival with the prod. 'SFGHSF'
1996, Pico Truncado (AR)
Main Prize at the Patagonic Youth Theatre Festival for the prod. 'No'
Press & Statements
"In just 50 minutes, it leads its audience deep into the stuff of human identity, using movement and dialogue to discuss family and origins, nationality and gender, happiness, sadness and the way we express ourselves!" ★★★★ THE SCOTSMAN about 'Chalk About'
"As with all successful shows created for young audiences, there is enough nuance in the work that there is something thought-provoking for an eight year old, as well as for those many decades older."
★★★★ SYDNEY MORNING HERALD about 'Chalk About'
"Both performers chat to us about themselves, their personal history, their likes and dislikes, with an affable honesty that is utterly engaging – but the real charm of their disclosures is where it takes young audiences in terms of thinking about how we all define ourselves, and how we make judgements about others based on appearances. There is a sophisticated, caringly-detailed process underpinning this generous-hearted show."
★★★★ THE HERALD about 'Chalk About'
"A contact-intensive lecture, without smartphones, no fears, and a lot of self-confidence."
FRANKFURTER RUNDSCHAU about ' Sex, Drugs, Ethics, History and Rock&Roll'
“Full of scenes to be grasped with intuition instead of theory.
Not everything has to be understood rationally, and definitely not Performaces”
WESTFÄLISCHE NACHRICHTEN about 'THE ARTE PIECE'
“A wonderful, radical confusion without safety net, which despite its reduced
surfacecomes out as a wild piece of Performance-Theater”
WESTWIND FESTIVALabout 'THE ARTE PIECE'
"...performing:group manages to deal with the topic of consumerism and
environmental protection with outstanding humor..."
AUGENBLICKMAL! FESTIVAL about 'TRASHedy'
"A rough and amusing hour on stage"
FRANKFURTER RUNDSCHAU about ' Sex, Drugs, and...'
"...incredibly close to reality..."
KÖLNER STADTANZEIGER about 'TRASHedy'