Impulse Theater Festival

Düsseldorf, Cologne and Mülheim an der Ruhr

13— 23 June 2019


Six women empower themselves through radical body art. A spectacle of physical virtuosity, both beautiful and spine-tingling, featuring black humour and circus arts.

15.06.18 21:30 – 23:10 Tickets Schedule
16.06.18 20:00 – 21:40 Tickets Schedule

Ringlokschuppen Ruhr, Stage 1
Language: not language-based

Special on 15.06. after the performance:

© Radovan Dranga
© Radovan Dranga
© Radovan Dranga
© Radovan Dranga
© Radovan Dranga

The works of Florentina Holzinger are characterized by uncompromising bodies. Kick boxing, ballet, weightlifting and acrobatics: in a never-ending tour de force she acquires challenging physical skills that she both masters and destroys on stage.
In APOLLON Holzinger dissects the genre of the freak show and lets it collide with neoclassical ballet, the body art of the 60s and all kinds of trash and pop culture. Where are we here? In an occult fitness studio? At a fairground? Or in the heavenly kingdom, populated by divine muses? Armed with pointe shoes and huge dumbbells Holzinger and her performers create radical body images of rapturous beauty – and use feminist humour that knows no taboos and daring tricks to deconstruct the myth of the perfect woman.


Concept and Performance: Florentina Holzinger
With: Renée Copraij, Evelyn Frantti, Florentina Holzinger, Annina Lara Maria Machaz, Xana Novais, Maria Netti Nüganen
Sound Design: Stephan Schneider
Dramaturgy: Sara Ostertag, Michele Rizzo
Stage Design: Nikola Knežević
Coaching: Btissame Amadour
Consultants: Manu Scheiwiller, Fernando Belfiore
Technical Direction: Bram Geldhof, Anne Meeussen, Maarten Van Trigt
Contact for touring enquiries: Marijke Vandersmissen, marijke.vandersmissen[a]


A CAMPO production in co-production with Münchner Kammerspiele, La Bâtie – Festival de Genève, Frascati Producties Amsterdam, steirischer herbst Graz, Sophiensaele Berlin,  Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt. With support from the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna.


Florentina Holzinger studied Choreography at the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam. In all her works she consciously plays on shifting boundaries between high culture and entertainment. From 2011 to 2015 she produced four works together with Vincent Riebeek that won them both a reputation as “the most provocative emerging choreographers”. In her solo piece ‘Recovery’ (2015) Holzinger processed the trauma of a severe on stage accident. Since then Holzinger has also offered martial arts training for artists.