Jochen Roller / Mónica Antezana

For his 20th stage anniversary, Jochen Roller realizes in collaboration with choreographer Mónica Antezana his life-long dream of creating a musical. The chosen point in time for doing so is rather unfavorable though as the budget for the musical is exactly the same one Jochen had for his first off-theatre production 20 years ago in Westberlin. So what to do if the choreographic phantasies are large-scale and the means for production are not?

With the help of suggestive imagination techniques, refined hypnosis methods and first-class technical simulation strategies, the two choreographers emulate an Ersatz-Musical in a manner that the world of contemporary dance has never seen before. Together with their ensemble of forty cardboard dancers Roller and Antezana create exquisite choreogreografic formations, transforming the stage into a visual orgy of recycled stage props and amazing the audience with LoTech stage magic – and twenty guaranteed costume changes.

Broke is the new Black – in times of currencies becoming worthless, shrinking economies and spectacular cultural cutbacks, this production boosts the rating of the last resources of the dance artists into dazzling heights. With charme, imagination and endurance, these dance magicians seduce the audience into indulging in an opulent style which looks outdated in times of dry austerity measures.

Premiere: May, 2013, Kampnagel Hamburg (GER)
A production by Jochen Roller and Mónica Antezana, in coproduction with Kampnagel. Funded by Behörde für Kultur, Sport und Medien Hamburg and Fonds Darstellende Künste.
photos: Bo Lahola