Johanna Roggan - The Guts Company

Convento da Saudação | Montemor-o-Novo
05 JUN 2014 18:00

MONSTER stands for an unnatural, usually ugly and frightening entity or malformation.

Monstrosity isn't a physical property but an interpretation by human beings on terrifying otherness.

However, otherness is omnipresent in a society which marks individualism as a duty of personality development.

Human ineptitude on dealing with this contradiction leads to appeal and rejection of our fellow man within and towards society at the same time.

4 dancers, 4 monsters, 4 rooms, 4 anxieties, one society.

Every dancer takes a monster from cinema, literature or history to work on a concrete role model, finding parallels to their own experience and relating it to our surroundings. They might find power in this. They will have to let it out in a very rough manner.

Through sensible movement-mutations a connection towards our human behavior originates - it just needs a small shift to cross the border of monstrosity.

MONSTERBOX reveals monsters of our human society, the product of cohabitation. But who does define monstrosity, normality or neurotic behavior? Who is fixing the borders? And who is in control of it?


concept/ choreography: Johanna Roggan/ the guts company
Lisanne Goodhue, Michele Meloni, Hygin Delimat, Alexander Standard
sound: Stefan Senf
stage: Dirk Heymann
costume: Janine Hagedorn
light: Patrick Lauckner
production management: Josefine Wosahlo/ the guts company
rehearsal director: Susan Schubert
documentation: David Pinzer (foto), Johannes Petzold (video)


MONSTERBOX | contemporary dance theatre by the guts company | in coproduction with Societaetstheater Dresden, HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden, Espaço do Tempo Montemor-o-Novo and büro für tanz I theater I produktionen | publicly sponsored by Landeshauptstadt Dresden – Amt für Kultur und Denkmalschutz.