RechtsRadikal investigates why women are increasingly active in right-wing movements. For a long time, they were merely treated as the men’s subordinate companions. Beate Zschäpe, the female part of the Zwickau terror trio, was first only seen as the men’s companion, as an insignificant housewife. But this in no way reflects the reality of the situation. Today every fifth neo-Nazi is female, and every tenth radical right-wing criminal offence is committed by a woman. They occupy key positions in all areas and do not hesitate to be violent. Especially young women in the right-wing comradeships are active in the street battles that accompany neo-nazi demonstrations. But despite their increasing importance for the radical right movement, they are still confronted with an ideology that not only wages war on everything that is different but is also based on an extremely biological understanding of gender roles. A superficial expression of this is the feathercut – a skinhead haircut that combines a shaved head with bangs. In “RechtsRadikal”, Christoph Winkler and four young dancers examine the external and internal signs for contradictions in which rightist women find themselves. The radicalisation of the body is a drama of the body, since rightist ideologies are extreme in the true sense of the word – on the surface and in the soul. Women who venture in this direction thus become protagonists, but also their male battle- mates’ objects.
Source: evening programme
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Christopher Winkler is one of the most versatile choreographers in Germany. His work covers a wide range of formats and deals with topics both of a very personal nature as well as highly political contributions to current social discourse.
Born in Torgau in the former GDR, he was a multiple Spartakiad winner in the disciplines weightlifting and judo as a teenager. He then studied martial arts and breakdance, before being accepted at the National Ballet School in Berlin. After the fall of the wall, he danced in video productions for MTV and worked as a bodyguard and construction worker. In the early 1990’s, he performed in underground techno clubs. Then he studied choreography for four years at the prestigious School for Drama “Ernst Busch“ and founded Klangkrieg Productions, a platform for experimental music. Under this label, he produce work by numerous acclaimed musicians such as the Venetian Snares or Current Value. At the same time, he also curated the festival AvantPop and organized parties and concerts e.g. for the Fuckparade.
After graduating from the Ernst Busch in 1998, he consciously chose to continue working as an independent choreographer in Berlin. Right from the start, he received much critical acclaim and numerous invitations to festivals for his innovative dance style and minimalist, rigorously composed, discursive dance dramas.
In 2007, he founded the agency BERLIN GOGOS with "ehrliche arbeit – freelance office for culture” as a way to commercially market contemporary dance and address the economic situation of contemporary dancers today.
His works consistently deal with topics that reference issues currently discussed in society at large, but that also directly pertain to and affect the art form of dance.
Source : Christoph Winkler
More information : http://www.christoph-winkler.com/
Artistic direction / Conception
Mercedes Appugliese, Emma Daniel, Shiran Eliaserov, Claire Vivianne Sobottke
Lisa Kentner, Sina Schröppel
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work
Christoph Winkler, ehrliche arbeit – freies Kulturbüro, LOFFT – DAS THEATER, Heinrich-Böll Stiftung, SOPHIENSÆLE, Hauptstadtkulturfonds and the City of Leipzig, Cultural Adminstration, Phase 7