Tales of the Funky

Tales of the Funky

2007, 7 Performer, 110 Min

about the piece

Castingshows vs. B-Boys, dance instructions vs. freestyle, commercial hip hop vs. keeping it real and of course we will also discuss the critical question of correct style.

Tales of the Funky – B-Boys & Breakgirls is a continuation of the project “Routines”, developed by Christoph Winkler in 2006 as part of a coaching project for young dancers.

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Choreography & Concept: Christoph Winkler
By & with: Yasemin Celikkan, Timo Draheim, Janina Joyner, Christine Joy Ritter, Jörg Schiebe, Robert Segner, Eugene "U-gin" Boateng
Costumes: Frederike Donath
Production office: ehrliche arbeit - freelance office for culture

A Christoph Winkler production. Funded by the Senatskanzlei Berlin - Cultural Affairs, the Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V., the fabrik Potsdam and the sophiensaele. Supported by Eliashof.

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Christoph Winkler's "Tales Of The Funky" is a hip hop fairy tale that speaks little of yesterday, while preferring to smirk about today. About the transformation of individual styles into a gigantic fashion machine. Winkler is still considered an unconventional figure in the Berlin dance scene. For more than a year now, he has been moving rapidly towards dance theater, with a more pop aesthetic than before, a newly found sense of humor and the delightful actor Jörg Schiebe in his core team. This persiflage about the hypes and phantasms of the hip hop world acts like a contemporary boulevard farce with snappy dance routines, well done ... The evening thrives on the likeable ensemble, for which Winkler has also cast two participants of TV casting shows: "U-gin" was the winner of the VIVA "Dancestar"; Yasemin Celikkan reached the in the semi-finals of "You Can Dance" on SAT1, before being eliminated from the show. The piece here speculates on inciting a similar thrill of authenticity as do the TV formats trimmed to "reality" and yet it gives the two of them room to be more than their own media caricatures.
BERLINER MORGENPOST