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Piotr Tomczyk & Shaked Dagan: R.S.V.P.

ZKM Young Choreographers Session Jan 2014

Aslizadyan/Oliveira: Two 4 One

Montpellier Dance Festival 2007

Montpellier Dance Festival 2007

Christian Spuck: The Children

vera | sander | art | connect TRESPASSING

Laureates: Africa/Indian Ocean

Eun Me Ahn: Please Hold My Hands

Lara Martelli: Solo mit Sahne

Akram Khan: Kaash

Junge Choreographen Folkwangschule 2003

Theater der Klänge: Modul|a|t|o|r|

Wim Vandekeybus: Blush



Piotr Tomczyk
Shaked Dagan

Piotr Tomczyk and Shaked Dagan pioneer dance at Karlsruhe Salonfestival March 10, 2018

Author: Jochen Krölls

If you were lucky you got hold of a ticket for an extra­ordinary con­temporary dance perfor­mance on March 10, 2018. At the moment you are reading this, there are no more tickets available. For a good reason. Yesterday's 'dress rehearsal' gave us an impressive preview to the premiere. Here are my fragmental impressions.


The reception of the audience, unnoticed, organically fades into the performance. Self-determined couple therapy in action. Shaked and Piotr in a non-verbal discourse that progresses into a more and more physical, even violent, interaction. At, on, over, and under the kitchen table. Extending into space. Meaningful gesture as an aesthetic agent that renders verbalization pointless. Culminating into a physical, and proverbial, headstand. Intensified by electronically produced, interfering sound scapes.

Another Fragment

Stage and auditorium are united, or non-existing. The audience is dispersed in the central area of the architect's design home that hosts the Salon. The couple, arm in arm, promenades through the audience, engaging in a small talk where Piotr instructs Shaked in English what to say and what to ask. This scene reminds me of various Pina Bausch dance theatre productions with their repetitive, insisting addresses to fellow dancers and the audience. The innovation here is the direct interaction with the audience who playfully cooperate in this no-stage environment.

Yet Another Fragment

Piotr and Shaked animate the audience to join them in a Latin dance formation. Hip swivel, twisting, pure groove, great fun! Late-50's Latin dance music as the best choice to get us in motion. Not a single, idle knee.

At Last

A verbal address to the audience bemoaning victims of war and terror, longing, appealing, urging, and touching in itself and danced simultaneously.


No intention to fully renarrate the event, which is impossible anyway. This has been a performance that reminds me of many aspects of humanity. A whole-hearted devotion to us humans. Innovative integration of the audience as well as the individual architecture which already stands for itself.

And the perfect antipode to prove that there is hope for contemporary dance to enter Karlsruhe's dance habitat after all.

R.S.V.P. - Piotr Tomczyk - Shaked Dagan

R.S.V.P. - Piotr Tomczyk - Shaked Dagan

R.S.V.P. - Piotr Tomczyk - Shaked Dagan

R.S.V.P. - Piotr Tomczyk - Shaked Dagan

R.S.V.P. - Piotr Tomczyk - Shaked Dagan

R.S.V.P. - Piotr Tomczyk - Shaked Dagan

R.S.V.P. - Piotr Tomczyk - Shaked Dagan

R.S.V.P. - Piotr Tomczyk - Shaked Dagan

R.S.V.P. - Piotr Tomczyk - Shaked Dagan

Fotos: Jochen Krölls
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