Helena Waldmann, dance director and dance scientist (Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen), lives in Berlin. Her radical work has been receiving international acclaim since 1993. There is no mistaking the political force of her choreographies, as in »Letters from Tentland«, produced in Teheran for six women, the short film »emotional rescue« shot in Palestine, »Return to Sender« – Iranian expats formulating their answers to European policies on asylum, and finally »feierabend! – das gegengift«, a celebration against our modern labour dictatorship. In »BurkaBondage«, she explored the relationship between the Islamic veil and Japanese bondage, in »revolver besorgen«, she revealed the socially ostracised role of forgetting and in »GlückStück« lit a powder keg of dance. Currently, she is working on »Made in Bangladesh« in Bangladesh itself – a centre of the exploitation of human resources.
The setting of Waldmann’s next project offers just as much explosive material. For those who buy their clothes at H&M or prefer to walk around in Puma running shoes (to name just two of the many clothing brands involved…), »Made in Bangladesh« might just spoil their shopping spree: piece work, horrendous fires, collapsing factory buildings – and still the textile-producing moloch does not miss a step. All because customers in wellness-wonderland Germany want to save money at all costs. The fact that others pay for it with their lives doesn’t alleviate their bargain-bin bliss. So once more, it is a case for Helena Waldmann, mission: dance.
When state theatres are still run in an early capitalist style and the independent scene receives its money as if it were alms, why shouldn’t I suggest to cultural policy makers and commissioning bodies that I produce my work based on the same criteria used to produce cheap clothes in Bangladesh?
12 performers/dancers/musicians, stage variable
»revolver besorgen / get a revolver« (2010)
solo, stage variable, 60 min