The SUPERHERO Piece

This duo for two performers creates an honest and absurde dialogue about  gender stereotypes  in Hollywood movies. Who made  super heroes?  Is being caucasian, male, athletic, under 40 and looking like a ‘Men’s Health’ cover a condition for being an ethical role-model?

This highly physical, non-verbal performance reduces set design to the absolute minimum to transform the stage in a big screen where special effects, movie sounds and lights create a dramaturgy of visual contrasts.
The show shifts permanently between everyday life and epic movie scenes, between real and virtual realities, between people removing tiny hairs in unthinkable body places, and oversized aliens attacking the planet.

 With an array of pop-culture quotes ranging from Quentin Tarantino, to Freddy Mercury and Japanese Mangas, ‘The SUPERHERO piece’ is  an attempt to rethink the absurdity of normalized film standards.

  • CAST & CREW

    Concept, Direction: Leandro Kees | Choreography: Constantin Hochkeppel, Bianca Sere Pulungan, Leandro Kees, | Performance: Bianca Sere Pulungan, Constantin Hochkeppel | Dramaturgy: Laura Cadio and Mijke Harmsen  | Sound Collage: Martin Rascher | Music: Martin Rascher, Alfred Newman, CamelPhat & Elderbrook, Ty Parr, Queen | Graphic Design: Roberta Medina  | Dramaturgic Collaboration: Julia Mota Carvalho | Light Design: Conrad Kausch.


    A production from performing:group, co-produced by tanzhaus nrw/ Take-off: Junger Tanz, and TanzFaktur Köln. Take-off: Junger Tanz is funded by the 'Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt' in Düsseldorf and the 'Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW'. This prductions was  further funded by: 'Kulturam der Stadt Köln' (Referat für Tanz und Theater', Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW),  as well as the NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste. 

  • DIRECTOR'S NOTES

    "Theatre’s origin is directly bound to the representation of supernatural greek gods, male heroes, and epic battles. This piece is still about all those things, but with a strong difference: today nobody believes Zeus is real and we all enjoy these stories as mere fiction.
    Despite that, a gang of super-something body builders often manages to makes us believe that heroes shuld look like dwellers of a 24/7 Gym.
    This makes me wonder about how far down the line the associations between 'heroic' and 'burning hot' go together.

     

    The tensions between the stong and the week, sepcially in terms of  gender behavior,  are topics  that  became very present during  the creative process of the performance."

    L.K.

     

  • ON TOUR


    ‘The SUPERHERO piece’ is the most tour-able works of performing:group.  It adapts to different satage sizes and locations, and it works independent from languages. 

    The on-tour total lauggage is two regular-size  airplane suitcases.
    This is a phyical show that works independent form spoken languages. 

    The touring Team is 3 persons: two performers and a technician.
     
    For detailed informations and technical rider please contact Martin Rascher at martin@performinggroup.com, or by phone at +49.170.287.30.66.


     

Leandro
Kees