2013, 4 Dancers, 70 Min., 14 x 12 Meter
about the piece
They occupy key positions in all areas and do not shy away from violence. Especially young women in the free comradeships actively interfere in the street riots around neo-Nazi demonstrations. But despite their increased importance for the radical right-wing movement, they are still confronted with an ideology that not only fights everything different but is also based on an extremely biologistic understanding of roles. An outward expression of this conflict is the feathercut – a skinhead hairstyle that combines a short-shaven head with a remnant of fringe. In “RechtsRadikal” Christoph Winkler, together with four young dancers, examines both the external and the internal signs of the dichotomy in which right-wing women find themselves. The radicalisation of the body is a drama of the body, because right-wing ideology is extreme in the truest sense of the word, both outwardly and inwardly. Women who enter it thus become simultaneously actors but also objects of their male comrades-in-arms. “RechstRadikal” seeks physical expression for this conflict.
Concept: Christoph Winkler | By and with: Mercedes Appugliese, Emma Daniel, Shiran Eliaserov, Claire Vivianne Sobottke | Costumes: Lisa Kentner | Tech: André Schulz | Production: ehrliche arbeit - freelance office for culture | Camera: Walter Bickmann Tanzforum Berlin | Photo: Heiko Marquart/ frischefotos.de.
A Christoph Winkler and ehrliche arbeit production. Co-produced by LOFFT - Das Theater, Leipzig. In collaboration with the Heinrich-Böll Foundation and SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds and the City of Leipzig.
…an austere, puristic and impressive study. Berliner Zeitung
Winkler doesn't succumb to the temptation of a blatant message, to merely provide images for the daily news. The quartet of four strong female dancers makes the one-hour piece well worth watching. tanznetz.de
"RechtsRadikal" is actually more a question than a statement. The piece refuses to deliver sociological explanations for right wing radicalism. Instead it describes phases of self-fabrication and adolescent defiance, which serve as fertile soil for ideology. What if right-wing extremism is simply what happens to be at hand as a sure bet for attracting attention? - taz
What is so effective (and gut-retching) here are the spasms of fanaticism, the power-contractions of aggressive ideology. Physical radicalization, strangely captivating, precisely because these bodies are female in their movements, their hierarchical demarcation of boundaries, the gestural selections, the quick successions of appropriation and exclusion […] disturbingly absurd. - Leipziger Volkszeitung