in collaboration with Maren Strack [video documentation]
premiered in December 2004 at
Verkerhszentrum des Deutsches Museum, Munich Germany
Performance: Maren Strack
Concept: Max Schumacher / Maren Strack / Hiroko Tanahashi
Dramaturgy: Max Schumacher
Media Design: Hiroko Tanahashi
Sound: Max Bauer
*This production can be performed in English, German and Japanese.
Theaterszene Europa, Cologne
Theaterszene Europa, Cologne
Center for Media Arts, Yamaguchi, Japan
BankART NYK, Yokohama, Japan
im August Festival, Berlin
The cultural department of the city of Munich
Dessert sands, whip -cracking: Cirucs Media Performance!
In this highly interdisciplinary multimedia performance Āg6 Feet
Deeper", physics meets the Wild West. Therefore performer
Maren Strack learned whipping and made it the center of her choreography.
As starting point post theater uses biographic sources, first
the myth of Calamity Jane, the only female cowboy, second the
physicist Ernst Mach.
Maren Strack dances with the whip as an object and a motif. The
whip is an enlargement of the body, a communication tool in supersonic
velocity, a dangerous weapon, a tool, a snake - equally peculiar
and strange to the user. The stage is a huge video projection
at her feet. The animated figures respond to the performer's movements
and cracking sounds of the whip.
*"6 Feet Deeper" is the first part of "6-8-10",
a trilogy about trafic, technology and female pioneers.
ĀÉSelected Press ResponsesĀĄ
" ...Very beautiful and funny. Also mysterious-surreal,
when Strack, like a magician, brings virtual creatures on the
sand arena - and then whip-cracks them away. Very beautiful, when
big swarms of her reduced multiplied self, float two-tailed and
dance a shadow-choreography in the sand. Again a crack on the
right, a crack on the left - and the Dakota-fatamorgana is extinguished...
things like these must be repeated!" Malve Gradinger in Muechner Merkur, January 17th / 18th,
"...(Maren Strack) combines in her peculiar way visual art
and dance, object and sound. The resistance of the object and
the material join in her attractive person with wit, poetry and
ironic easiness... She swings her whip above our heads, we feel
the breeze, the whip hums, whistles, sings, hisses. An echo in
one«s own stomach. The video to her feet shows oscillating waves.
With her whip crack Maren Strack calls small, video-animated whip-ladies
on the sand, that swarm around her like scorpions, get in a circled
order, and disappear after a crack. Does the performer direct
the video? Or do her actions react on the very beautiful installation?
It doesn’t matter, after a very fine 30 minute-performance we
are able to answer our child the question: “Mama, why does a whip
crack?" Katja Schneider in Suedeutsche Zeitung, January 17th /
"... In the end Ernst Mach, the discoverer of the sound
barrier, and the cowgirl both profit in Strack’s fascinating show
from the supersonic bang" tz, January 15th, 2004
"Fast as a horse, a propeller aero-plane, a bullet, a Concorde
– a bang on the right, a bang on the left – and the shadow images
by media artist Hiroko Tanahashi fly over the sand – a spectacular
performance." Ronny von Wangenheim in Ruhr Nachrichten, May 22nd, 2004
"... a bull-whip show, so performed with ease, that the
audience could possibly estimate the difficulties and the precision
of the act.
… Rarely has there been a dance so clear and impressive as Strack's
"6 Feet Deeper.
… The projections by the Japanese video artist Hiroko Tanahashi
(post theater), create astonishingly simple, accessible images,
far from the 1990s hieroglyphs that were considered a must by
media artists and dancers then. In Maren Strack's work all becomes
easy - never the less it follows rigid precision and perfect timing
- one even forgets the incredible effort this must take. The spectator's
mind is not lost in riddles, though he faces an increasing amount
of information with increasing speed. He receives information
under the flying whip, unfolding in slow motion..." Arnd Wesemann in Ballet tanz, June 2004