Toihaus Theater Salzburg

feed and bleed

Dance & Media Performance with Cornelia Böhnisch and Katharina Schrott
followed by: Artist Talk.
admission: EUR 10 | reservations:, tel. +43(0)662-874439
A cooperation between Toihaus & digital spring festival

Fukushima, a natural catastrophe made by man - that is the starting point of the production. The dancers create moments of becoming and passing away full of archaic passion: A utopian landscape - after some dramatic incident which changed everything - even more drastic than in Fukushima.
In order to achieve this, the performers use a sneaky trick: Equipped with special glasses one half of the audience watches and experiences a different performance than the other half. The visitors choose the colour of the glasses at the entrance, and thus, whether they want to see an Elysian idyll or an apocalyptic inferno.

The technical procedure to cool down nuclear reactors is called “feed and bleed”. The performance "feed and bleed" is multi-layered and has numerous messages and interconnections. To nature, to catastrophes made by mankind, to society and its filters and manipulation techniques. The production therefore is endless and always up to date. With analogue means the performance achieves digital effects. Something totally natural and physical goes on, but with its artificial look it manipulates the audience's perception very impressively by simple means. It gets visible how the media also use our society's filters.

In 2014 "feed and bleed" was nominated for the Elevate Award and was performed at the Japanese international dance festival Shinjuku in Tokyo and the Toihaus in Salzburg.

Statement by the artists - Katharina Schrott and Cornelia Böhnisch:
"The incidents around Fukushima have influenced our rehearsal process and the development of our performance feed and bleed so drastically, that we've decided to stage our work until there will be no more atomic power plants on earth and until the protection of our environment will come first for mankind. Each year we will perform feed and bleed consequently referring to a current event. Now we are very happy to present our work in the really suitable framework of 'digital spring' together with other activist groups and artists!"

::: " amazing dance performance... full of touching pictures..." (Salzburger Nachrichten)
::: "...overwhelming powerful music by Hüseyin Evirgen..." (Dorfzeitung)
::: " irresistible wake of nature worlds..." (SVZ)
::: "The beauty of the catastrophe as slowly moving ritual ... A touchingly beautiful act of copulation..." (Krone)

Cornelia Böhnisch: dance, choreography, costumes
Katharina Schrott: dance, choreography
Hüseyin Evirgen: music
Marc Ischepp: stage, Robert Schmidjell: stage machinery, Alexander Breitner: stage machinery and light
Idea & concept: Cornelia Böhnisch, Katharina Schrott
Texts: Jopa Jotakin, Friedrich Hölderlin

A production by Toihaus Theatre Salzburg, re-staging in cooperation with digital spring festival 2016 »ARTIVISM«