E.T.E. – EXTENDED TEENAGE ERA
A construction site of wooden beams and cardboard boxes. Everything is either being built or demolished. While one group dances, the others make the props for the next scene. Samir Akika has put together an internationally renowned ensemble for his performance. The action alternates between theatrical skit comedy and extraordinary dance, with music ranging from Franz Schubert and Bob Marley to Justin Timberlake. Forms of street dance are also involved – breakdancing and robotic movements are paired with booming bass, classical sounds or even South American dance music. Everything seems very playful, young and improvised. The dancers push the boundaries between genres with enthusiasm.
Akika’s piece is a rapid course of questions, games and tasks which the dancers interpret in a wide variety of ways.
Samir Akika, choreographer, producer and filmmaker, was born in Algeria in 1967 and grew up in France. He studied dance at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen and was given the Kurt-Jooss Award in 2001, along with the Förderpreis für Darstellende Kunst der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf (Düsseldorf Performing Arts Award) in 2002. Samir Akika also lived in Cuba for a while. This encounter with Cuban culture has made a vital impression on his artistic work. He participated in the “Fest mit Pina” in 2004 as well.
A production by Renegade Theatre