Dance is Not Enough

Dance is Not Enough

2013, 4 Dancers, 95 Min., 12 x 12 Meter

about the piece

Christoph Winkler’s work explores current social and political events from the specific standpoint of dance. In “The True Face – Dance is Not Enough”, he takes a closer look at how conflicts between nation states and its citizens have been provoked by the crisis of capitalism. Blatant displays of power clash with creative displays of protest to reveal the various aesthetic forms of conflict – both as ‘classical’ street theater, as well as in the political impetus behind contemporary art and arts activism. These bear eloquent witness to the emotional state of a generation, who have never known capitalism as anything other than in a constant state of crisis. But every ideological performance also has its gaps and inconsistencies that bear witness to what may have been overlooked. Police versus protestors doesn’t necessarily also represent strong versus weak. The “pantomimes” of protest produce a multitude of ambiguous and alternating meanings. So how and under what conditions is it at all possible to formulate protest?


Dance is not enough BTS for Toronto

Dance Is Not Enough (German subtitles)

Dance Is Not Enough (English Subtitles)


Concept: Christoph Winkler | By and with: Ahmed Soura, Chris Daftsios, Luke Garwood, Luis Rodriguez | Creative Consulting: Mirko Winkel | Tech: André Schulz | Costumes: Lisa Kentner | Set Design Assistance: För Künkel | PR: Kerstin Böttcher | Voice Training: Bernadette La Hengst | Camera: Walter BickmannTanzforum Berlin

A Christoph Winkler and ehrliche arbeit production in co-operation with Ballhaus Ost. Funded by the City of Berlin and the three-year conceptual fund of the Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V., made possible by the Federal Cultural Foundation. Supported by Phase7



"The True Face” can’t show a way out of the crisis, but does offer enlightened discussions and provide explicit, occasionally almost Chaplinesque entertainment in the most seriously amusing Winkler piece of all time. - Volkmar Draeger, Neues Deutschland

An equally funny, as well as intelligent show. - Sandra Luzina, Tagesspiegel

Witty, funny and a bit provocative. Lots of laughs throughout, and tumultuous applause in the end. - Fabian Wallmeier, rbb online

A rhythmic maelstrom, which is difficult to escape from. A surplus of intense sensual impressions. - tanznetz, Christine Matschke

A clever, intelligent commentary on protest cultur -taz, Annett Jaensch