As if struck by lightning, they dance euphorically, long deprived of their strength. Their bodies beg for relaxation but they find no peace. "When I had sex with Madonna I felt good for a moment. (...) She had been singing about me all her life." (Thomas Melle, bipolar writer)
In this contemporary dance trio, Berlin choreographer Chris Jäger takes on the socially tabooed bipolar disorder in its physicality. How does a manic body move and how a depressed one? The tension between mania and depression in a single person, which sheerly tears body and mind apart, is the core of the choreographic examination.
The Berlin premiere of "SEX WITH MADONNA" uses the entire space of the Theater im Delphi. A camera follows the dancers into the smallest corner, peeling walls, torn bodies, burning spotlights and souls become one.
Also called manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is one of the most common mental illnesses in Germany and often puts those affected in precarious situations. The video edit of "DANCE WITH MADONNA" will be available on the YouTube channel of the Theater im Delphi until May 31, 2021.
Chris Jäger is a contemporary choreographer and dancer. He has worked with companies and choreographers such as Punchdrunk International, Inbal Pinto/Avshalom Pollak, Staatstheater Braunschweig/Jan Pusch, Helena Waldmann, Shang Chi Sun, Eva Borrmann and many more. In 2019 he choreographed for Tom Tykwer's TV series "Babylon Berlin" and was invited to South Korea as Artist in Residence at the Seoul Dance Center of the Seoul Foundation of Arts and Culture.
- Concept & Choreography
- Chris Jäger
- Julia Heinrichs
- Alessandro Marzotto Levy
- Justyna Kalbarczyk
- Maya Milet
- Lighting Design
- Raquel Rosildete
- Graphic Design
- Edouard Duvernay
- Camera & Cut
- Dareos Khalili
- Production Management
- MIFRUSH Production Micaela Trigo/Urszula Heuwinkel
A production by Chris Jäger and MIFRUSH Production in co-production with LOT-Theater Braunschweig | An event in the framework of Tanzstelle Braunschweig | Supported by the Stiftung für Seelische Gesundheit, the Braunschweigische Stiftung, the Stiftung Niedersachsen, the Bezirksamt Pankow von Berlin and by the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media #TakeAction Tanzstelle Braunschweig is supported by the Foundation of Lower Saxony, the Lower Saxony Lotto Sports Foundation and the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture. With the kind support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Bipolare Störung e.V., the Kulturinitiative Förderband gGmbH and the Landesverband Freier Theater Niedersachsen e.V.