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In his new solo JANCLOD, Jochen Roller takes a closer look at Karate-Champion and actor Jean-Claude Van Damme, the ex-ballet dancer who went to Hollywood in order to beat up more than 900 people in front of the camera as ‚The Muscles from Brussels’. Using this biography, the Berlin chorographer Jochen Roller explores differences and similarities between dancing and fighting. The work pays attention to the experience of pleasure and pain, as well as to the exchange between ecstasy and asceticism. By composing movement sequences, arranging text material and editing movie stills, Jochen Roller gets into the skin of Van Damme. As JANCLOD, he relates the function of contemporary dance to the essence of the fight. C’est fantastic! It’s aware! This solo is after ‚being christina aguilera’ and ‚Warum ich nicht Johann Kresnik heiße’. part three of the series ‚dancing other people’s life’, in which Jochen Roller examines appropriated movement material of strangers in order to discover the identity-building character of movement.

“I am the Fred Astaire of Karate!” (Jean-Claude Van Damme)

Concept/Choreography/Performance: Jochen Roller
Technical direction/Lightdesign: Marek Lamprecht
Set: Darryll Roller
Surtitles: Harriet Lesch
Production management: DepArtment / Harriet Lesch, Katharina von Wilcke
A Production by Jochen Roller and DepArtment, in coproduction with Sophiensaele Berlin and Kampnagel Hamburg. Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds. Supported by the Kulturbehörde der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg.
Premiere: 29.05.2008, Sophiensaele, Berlin
Invited by Association Ancienne Gare Fribourg, Kampnagel Hamburg, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main.
Duration: 45 min.

photos: Friedemann Simon

JANCLOD! – Tech Rider (PDF)