20/20 Vision: Allerwerteste Glückwünsche
drehpunktkultur, 19.06.2015 von Christoph Pichler
With Happy Birthday sounds from a broken music box, the second production of the jubilee evening began. With "20/20 vision or on-break-on" choreographer Yuri Korec allows the public a glimpse behind the scenes and on the rehearsal process of the company. Whether if they are discussing at the kitchen table, exchange anecdotes or are given complicated choreographic instructions. We experience a live performances and are also presented short excerpts of past productions.
The idea, to rather show what had not made it into the pieces of cieLaroque, then provides several minutes of madness on stage. The mood becomes even more boisterous as the dancers draw suddenly blank for the finale of the performance and spell out on their asses "Happy Birthday". To soothe weak minds the piece immediately went into a party. The Sangria for the nerves were served by Helena Arenbergerova, Viviana Escale, Honza Malik, Vlado Soltys, Luan de Lima da Silva, Patrik Kelemen and Kanako Minami, who already prepared everything in front of the audience.
Dorfzeitung, 09.10.2014 Elisabeth Pichler
After the opening night had shown very different performances, I did not know what
to expect at PLAYTIME on October 7 in the ARGEkultur. To purchase 60 minutes time,
we had to give away our watches and mobile phones at the beginning of the show. It
was followed by a very enjoyable and entertaining hour with great dance on the
restlessness of our times. The social criticism is served with so much humor that it is
turned into pure pleasure. cieLaroque/helene weinzierl master not only the connection
with dance, text and drama, they always manage to involve the audience skillfully.
Tanznetz.de, 17.10.2014, von Miriam Althammer
... the audience that was involved in Helene Weinzierl’s "Playtime" first could lean back in their chair on the stage. In the play that is built-up as a computer game, at first only the four dancers are competing and performing. It is all about waiting, a forced break, an even enjoyable free hour that the piece offers to the viewer. At first every item connected to time has to be stored in plastic bags at the edge of the stage. […] They suggest the different levels of a computer game. The time melts away between the fingertips, and one is forced to wait and prevented from doing nothing. In the little breaks between the levels, the phone rings and calls on the audience to take one of the places on the stage. Only the active participation drives the performance and ends with a showdown between the four participating spectators who struggle with water pistol and musical chairs for the first place in the game.
num_bers a trilogy
30 1 30 1 IS IT ME
NEUE – Kultur, 25.07. 2013
Agaia Maria Mika
Champagne in the pool and contemporary dance
The most outstanding performance was most certainly „ist it me“ by cieLaroque/helene weinzierl in cooperation with Yuri Korec whose dance impressed with courage and sympathy. With partially clumsy and partially acrobatic movement material he led the audience through an emotional range from inner joy to oppressive restlessness. As if he did not yet win the audience over with his authenticity, he distributed champagne to the audience, as his final conclusion of the dance.
num_bers a trilogy
30 1 30 1 IS IT ME
Vorarlberger Nachrichten, 25.07.2013
Open Stage for Freedom of Speech
CieLaroque/helene weinzierl in cooperation with Yuri Korec from Salzburg had a rather humorous way of following the question of the self and brought the audience to smile with his unusual movements.
“I think you’ve just invented a new dance genre, because this is something I’ve never seen before. I’m thrilled,” was just one of the audience opinions about Yuri Korec’s performance.
democracy – how to peel an onion without crying
“Biting an onion is not deadly”
“The four performers carry the dialogue in a casual and relaxed way. They include elements of the participatory theatre, dance in step, but break out again.
This kind of “demo“ actually is quite “crazy“”
KARL HARB SALZBURG (Salzburger Nachrichten, 18.10.2012)
democracy – how to peel an onion without crying
“An utterly successful start for the tanz house festival 2012.”
“CieLaroque and Helene Weinzierl master the combination of dance, text and acting perfectly. The one hour Gesamtkunstwerk is socio-critical and skilfully involves the audience”
ELISABETH PICHLER (Dorfzeitung, 19.10.2012)
democracy – how to peel an onion without crying
“Eating raw onions in order to cry”
“Helene Weinzierl illustrates with a wink in the eye and stunning charm why today’s democracy feels like crying.”
“Choreographer and artistic director Helene Weinzierl has imagined the current political circumstances into a long term perspective. They are dancing on a high level what everybody is experiencing from their daily TV images: election campaigns, empty phrases, flattery for votes and power games.”
RICKY KNOLL (Bezirksblatt Salzburg, 29.10.2012)
D E M O C R A Z Y how to peel an onion without crying
Byting an onion is not deadly
The main act of the premiere night is all about the onion. It can be peeled layer by layer, but it has neither pit nor core. Instead it brings tears into the peeler’s eyes. It is a brave act, how the performers eat their onions, and speak at the same time.
The content of the play with the multi-layered title “democrazy“ (also) illustrates how to peel the onion without crying. The always slightly subversive humour of Helene Weinzierl eases issues without claiming to solve them: Who is when in charge of which decision? What is identity? How autonomous are we with our freedom of choice? How do coincidences influence us? How liable are democratic processes for manipulation, corruptibility, suggestion or oppression?
The four performers carry the dialogue in a casual and relaxed way. They include elements of the participatory theatre, dance in step, but break out again.
This kind of “demo“ actually is quite “crazy“
KARL HARB SALZBURG (Salzburger Nachrichten, 18.10.2012)
The opener of this year’s tanz house festival was the premiere of cieLaroque/helene weinzierl.
The dance ensemble is known for its societal, political pieces that are served with a share of humour.
The performance titled “democrazy – how to peel an onion without crying” is about the topic of freedom of choice.
In the beginning, the audience is divided into groups, based on their age, academic title, residency etc. As a foreigner one became an immigrant and had to fill a form. As there were not enough foreigners, I became an immigrant as well. The last question asked was weather I would eat an onion in order to receive full citizenship. Each group followed their leaders into the hall into their own assigned audience areas. We foreigners were put into the separated last row. The four protagonists started now to fight for the attention of their groups: the academics received soft seating pillows. Others were given a “Mozartkugel”. The young audience practiced cheering paroles.
Then they started to promise pretty much everything: security, peace, solidarity, social justice and support wherever necessary.
Among themselves the four were not as mild-mannered. They try to trick each other and even fight over an onion. All means seem to be fair in order to receive attention. They eat onion with tears in their eyes, they get undressed, which seems to make an unmissable impact for every audience. In the end, finally the “poor” immigrants become object of their attention. Now they are also courted with Snaps and “Mozartkugeln”.
CieLaroque and Helene Weinzierl master the combination of dance, text and acting perfectly. The one hour Gesamtkunstwerk is sociocritical and skilfully involves the audience
An utterly successful start for the tanz house festival 2012.
ELISABETH PICHLER (Dorfzeitung, 19.10.2012)
Eating a raw onion – it’s enough to make you cry:
Honza Malik, Helena Arenbergerova, Yuri Korec und Viviana Escalé.
cieLaroque/helene weinzierl - Salzburg: Arge Kultur
A performance worth seeing at tanz house festival
Choreographer and artistic director Helene Weinzierl has imagined the current political circumstances into a long term perspective. With her dance company cieLaroque she premiered the piece “how to peel an onion without crying. Helena Arenbergerova, Honza Malik, Yuri Korec and Viviane Excalé were dancing on a high level what everybody is experiencing from their daily TV images: election campaigns, empty phrases, flattery for votes and power games. They illustrate with a wink in the eye and stunning charm why today’s democracy feels like crying.
““ 14 October 2011 / by E.Pichler / News
Helene Weinzierl in cooperation with Anna MacRae premiered her new performance within the scope of "tanz-house Herbst 2011" at ARGEkultur. When reversing the mysterious title "esnesn.non" to "non.sense", the topic of the night starts making sense. This hunt for nonsense actually is fun.
A voiceover introduces the three tourists that accidentally meet at an Indian bus station. Helmut, a German that travels with his yoga mat, Jonny, an American, and Katarina, a Russian Singer. The protagonists transpire as they arrive with an overcrowded and superheated bus. The travelers almost enter a trance, overwhelmed by the ambient noise of the streets and rumbling wheels of the old bus.
They shake heavily as the bus stops and drives unexpectedly. They tumble over each other and start a struggle for the last free seat. As they arrive at their destination Katarina notices that she is in the wrong place, as she is most definitely not in Dubai. What will happen to her concert? The only alternative is a camping holiday with the two other travelers. However, they can’t count on the Indian weather: it is stormy, it rains, they are bothered by mosquitos.
While following the absurd and amusing happenings on stage the audience almost forgets about its task: at the beginning of the show they were asked to look for the murderer. So, who actually is that murderer? The outcome of the election is obvious: "Those in favor of candidate one, please raise your hand. Those who vote for candidate two, please stand up, and those that think that candidate three is the killer, please stay seated."
This dance performance by Helene Weinzierl and Anna MacRae does not encourage the viewer to look for a deeper meaning. However, the methodological approach of nonsense is very amusing.
Tuesday, 15 October 2011 “Who stole the coconut?“ / by Heidemarie Klabacher / Drehpunkt Kultur
TANZHOUSE / cieLaroque / esnes.n.on2 12/10/11
No idea. Probably Fritz. He is looking like the knight of the order of the coconut - with his yoga mat and an umbrella - hunting this coconut. Also it looks like he killed Johnny and Katarina. Why? As already said: no idea. It was fun.
The three of them met in an Indian bus somewhere around Mumbai. The opera singer Katarina anticipates to be traveling to Dubai. Slowly it dawns on her that she might be on the wrong trip.
"esnes.n.on2" is the title of cieLaroque that was staged and choreographed by Helene Weinzierl in cooperation with Anna MacRae. A little hint: read the title backwards. It would not make sense to look for a meta-layer or sociopolitical meaning. The piece is brilliant and funny. That should do. The actors that also contributed to the idea, concept and choreography: Yuri Korec, Viviana Escalé and Vladislav Soltys. Applause, once again!
In the beginning there are three sweating tourist in a non-air-conditioned, overcrowded, shaking Indian bus. Emergency stop. One tumbles over the foldaway seat, the other two are falling onto him. The ones lying underneath are trying hard to take over that only seat whenever there is another unexpected stop. It's shaking and it rumbles, it's noisy and hot.
The, both abstract and colorful, images are presented by three dancers on an empty stage. They are standing in a yellow quadrangle that is projected by the light onto the floor. One arm reaching up while their knees are following the rhythm of the shaking bus. Once in a while they fall off the foldaway seat. The scenery is combined with a melodious ambient noise that might had been recorded at the original setting. However, the set and simple movements of the performers are highly expressive.
The story does not completely work out without text: a few dialogues are put via the speakers: an effect that alienates the whole situation and prevents the non-actors from speaking on the stage.
The three strangers get to know each other on the journey, become friends, get closer and end up spending the night together in the tent. They happily smoke pot. Fritz is protesting: "this is a non-smoker tent", but this doesn't help. They are in India. Then they start telling sad stories from their childhood. In the end two of them are dead. However, Fritz owns the coconut. Fritz is a yoga freak. He has the comic of a Buster Keating when he starts hunting the mosquitos out of his "inner centeredness".
THINK FISH part I cieLaroque/Helene Weinzierl (Austria)
Audience participation. Joining in. Following instructions. Any of those couplets is enough to turn my blood chilly. But actually, the cieLaroque chaps are so warm and funny that it actually goes ok. It seems rather brave to me to come into the audience and thankfully it seemed to go not too badly. The rest of the piece was delightfully absurd, and full of the misunderstandings that can arise from someone giving or following seemingly simple instructions. Physically this was very impressive with mirroring, reversal and deconstructed dance. I felt a strong sense of the two characters working together and but also working against each other. A bonkers but very amusing and intricate work.
audience feedback, 2011, Birmingham, THINK FISH part I
-Beautiful work. Please put me on your mail list.
-Dance performance was a light relief from previous show – engaging, funny and surprisingly easy to get involved.
-The first movement/dance based piece I have really enjoyed. Being funny definitely helped!
-Nice sense of humour, some lovely moments but didn´t go anywhere.
-You like it, sincerely also if great body, especially him.
-Close second and excellent.
-Ok, fun, nice to see something abstract.
-A very charismatic and technically brilliant and original performance with many funny moments and audience participation.
-The fishy dance piece was my favourite.
-Enjoyable finale, not an abstract as I thought it would be.
-I want to know where the fish came from! Funny.
-Sweet, felt the connection was sweet but not really connected to the piece and therefore felt a bit cheap.
-No idea what it was about but found it very captivating.
-Abstract and funny. I quite like things like this. Gentle and enjoyable.
-Very good, witty, charming - great movement. Shame about me jumping CD player. Great show.
-Fun-good show-good audience interaction.
-Enjoyable, interactive that happens to balance!!! Loved it!!!!
Habibi Problem – Lowry Theatre, Salford
Director & Choreographer: Helene Weinzierl
Reviewer: Iain Sykes
Habibi Problem, from Austrian dance company cieLaroque, tells the tale of two homosexual adolescents on the run to Europe from their Iranian home and the struggles which they face, one who makes it to Europe and one detained back in Iran.
The piece, despite being about the struggles of two people, is effectively a one man movement show. Johannes Stockinger’s stage set comprises a simple jail cell of table, chair and bed in the forefront and a three part, split screen over the back of the stage with Markus Huber and Petra Hinterberger’s effective video and animations telling the tale of the other character’s bid for freedom. This device for telling the two stories at once works superbly well throughout the fifty minutes of the piece.
In the foreground, the attention is held by dancer Juraj Korec and Helene Weinzierl’s choreography. Taking the audience on a daily trail through the increasingly persecuted life of the teenager, the sharply observed movement and choreography draw the viewer in to the daily routine of watching the traffic go by through the bars of the cell, the excitement of a passing train, the boredom of reading, eating and sleeping in the prison. It’s the sadly dramatic ending after the routine of jail life that brings the biggest and most effective shock of the piece.
Habibi Problem provides an effective and brutal shock to the system about the repression of and the attitudes towards homosexuality in certain parts of the world. The individual in jail is the representation of the victims of the repression, the interpretation of the experience through this modern dance piece proved both moving and shocking.
Reviewed on 15th November 2012
Facets of solitary confinement
“habibi problem”, guest performance of the renowned
Austrian choreographer, a socio-critical and very political piece.
[…] Anxious one follows the prisoner’s routine, how
he dances as if in trance in his cell, while one can see the breathless
escape of his lover, through abandoned residential quarters and
staircases, on the screen. […] What stays in the end is just
the prisoner’s number, nothing more than figures, and the
souvenir of his lover. […] The 50 minute-production has exactly
the right length in order to communicate the topic precisely and
it puts the audience into just the type of trepidation necessary
to have a feeling for what is told on stage.
kultur-in-bonn.de, 04.02.09, Anina Valle Thiele
Life is not
Absolute perfection in mimic and gestic, combined
with some cheekiness and humour – those were the ingredients
with which the Austrian contemporary dance company got the audience.
[…] Helena Arenbergerova, Erich Rudolf, Juraj Korec and Nikoleta
Rafaelisová showed dance of the highest standard.
Diana Armatage, Ruhrnachrichten, 02.10.2008
No supporting tools perturb the dance floor, only a screen showing
a black-and-white video-installation of an endlessly ongoing elevator
decorates the setting. And that is absolutely enough for this exciting,
strikingly danced piece. […] We want more, please!
Ilka Heiner, Westfälische Rundschau Schwerte, 04.10.2008
"Life is not a picnic succeded
in reflecting the frenetic pace of life".
Stephanie Burridge, The Flying Inkpot, Singapur
"[...] Austrian choreographer Helene Weinzierl
scored more than a few snorts of laughter from the audience with
her witty dance inspired by the tribes of shoppers she has encountered
in her native Salzburg. The 52-minute dance was a good-humored jibe
at consumerism and a revealing snapshot of the way modern life is
organised around commerce and shopping"
June Cheong, ST Life!, Singapur, 31.01.08
A clever critique of our times. Dance can be more
than just aesthetic.
Ironic, humorous, inventive and intelligent is this
production, not to forget the outstanding composition and soundideas
of musician Oliver Stotz, which intensify the performance at the
right moments even more.
Susanne Zellinger, Oberösterreichische Nachrichten, 18.04.2008
With quaint movements the dancers of “cieLaroque”
exemplify the humorous critique of our society, presented by award-winning
Salzburg choreographer Helene Weinzierl. […] The artists imitate
unconventionally and always with a hint of naivety how people have
arranged themselves in today’s society.
Sonja Golgowski, Westphalenpost, 19.05.2008
Precise dance on the conveyer belt of consumer’s
Silke Rathert, Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, 16.05.2008
Life’s no bed of roses. Indeed not. Isn’t
it sad, downright nightmarish, how we instinctively fall into daily
routine? How we get up, go to work, sit down, sometimes remain waiting,
keep on walking, queue up in the supermarket, in the traffic, on
the elevator, then go to bed again, get up again, go to work again.
Is everything always the same? Are we today where we have been yesterday?
The daily grind?
The approx. 60 min production confronts the audience with these
questions, suggests hustle and bustle, and creates anxiety. The
four dancers, two women and two men, provide a multi-faceted, harmonic
interaction. Like automatic puppets they do their daily jobs in
mechanical staccato movements. They slide through space, simulating
virtuously daily routine, like queuing up at the supermarket check-out.
Helene Weinzierl’s composition „Live is not a picnic“
transfers the audience into a state of cringing. What we see is
fascinating due to the aesthetics of the performers as due to the
aesthetics of the black-and-white video-installation. It reminds
us of ourselves and we perceive its disgust.
Bonn, a felicitous evening. No support, just a screen
showing a film of an endlessly moving elevator decorates the stage
for the dance piece “Life is Not a Picnic”.
The dancers Erich Rudolf, Juraj Korec, Helena Arenbergerova und
Nikoleta Rafaelisová do their job. Their dance is striking,
exciting and at several moments even hilariously funny.
Repeatedly they obsessively feel urged to return into a narrow light
bar in order to perform an exaggeratedly cheerful dance of consumption.
At the end, their aim seems to be to break through this constraint
and to determine themselves, when and how the music sounds.
General-Anzeiger, Bonn, 14.09.2007
Duo para ella Comida para
is a hilariously ironic survey on familiar
A young woman is preparing an evening for two: the big screen shows
her in the kitchen, cooking pasta, and the virtual table seemingly
sets itself, the real table stays empty. Helen Arenbergerova dances
touchingly curious expectation, little coquetries and poses of a
potential seduction, growing frustration due to being waiting and
the anger about the guest who fails to appear.
[Dancer Helena] Arenbergerova observes innovatively,
expressively danced and with striking, easily accessible images
heteronomy and self-discovery from different perspectives. The multimedia-based
stage concept and a distinct symbolism facilitate this dance-wise
sophisticated solo piece, which allows the dancer to fully present
her broad repertoire of expression. Appropriate euphoric applause
in the sold out Theaterlabor.
Heike Krüger, 04.07.2008
TROPEA - ON COUCH
A couple sitting on a couch watching TV. Seen on video screen as
part of Helene Weinzierls new production for "Laroque
Compagnie". In front of the screen (fabulous) dancers pretending
to be the TV programme. Which requires some virtuosity seeing as
the (virtual) TV audience on the couch is incessantly zapping from
one programme to another. Consequently dancers have to be quick
to move from football field to talk show to soap opera and back.
One dancer alone can be both Ronaldo in red (from behind) and his
opponent in blue (from in front) at the same time. What a cunning
idea to let the real artists of movement synchronise a film on stage
which the video screen only shows as written text. Helene Weinzierl
merits an "Oscar" for her new invention: following subtitles
and supratitles she now comes up with titles from behind.
Here is a brilliant performance of making the pretend and the real
world appear perfectly synchronized. Occasionally the couple on
the video actually falls asleep. Which of course is during a cultural
programme. And it all ends with an anarchic room fight.
(KARL HARB Salzburger Nachrichten 6.11.2004)
TROPEA - DANCING INTO
The tanz_house Herbst 04
(tanz house fall 04) began on Wednesday, November 3 with a Laroque-Dance
company performance at the republic - fascinating production by
04.11.04 They danced their way into my heart and soul: Wednesday,
November 3, the four dancers from Laroque-Dance company staged the
first of many tanz_house Herbst 04 performances before
an almost full house at the republic. (...)
Then, on the stage, there were a blue plastic sofa, a green garden
or spare bench (depending on the situation) and a coat stand draped
with various utensils. Projected onto a video screen during the
performance you could see an elderly couple on a couch facing the
camera or rather the TV. They were fighting over which programmes
to watch and at times even turned violent a veritable battle
for the remote control broke out. Meanwhile on stage three men and
a woman dancer synchronized the programmes. Football, commercials,
news, talk shows, love stories, horror and crime were all presented
with a wink and at the speed of lightening. The belligerent couple
on the screen did all the channel surfing.
Helene Weinzierl, according to a N.Y. newspaper article wants to
make this world a better one with her choreographies. Her message
is not a cynical but an ironic one if anything: the world of finance
and capital are links in a chain triggering movement. It is not
the journey which is the reward but the run for our beloved money.
The game is made provokingly real with sound clips of Americas
old and new Old Nicks (We are winning) and clever experts
opinions on marriages between homosexuals.
The production, by the way, is called TROPEA / couch potatoes
paradise. Concept and choreography are by Helene Weinzierl, artistic
manager for LaroqueDanceCompany tanzimpulse Salzburg. Video sequences
pleasantly kept to the background instead of ruining the performance
on stage, together with dance and acting, make for a fascinating
range of dramaturgy spoilt only by the lead in and out enterprise.
Compliments also to each of the dancers, plus light and sound production.
The performance takes fifty minutes. Just sit down and relax
not a problem.
(Georg Reittner, Drehpunkt Kultur)
.... and the damage done
The opening performance, and by far the most powerfully engaging,
was "... and the damage done". Perfectly choreographed
by Helene Weinzierl, Robert Tirpak danced with precision, animal-like
aggression and the innocence of a child.
( Edinburgh evening News 8/2003)
and the damage done
H. Weinzierl has shown with "...
and the damage done" a refined concept danced by the fascinating
and impressive Dancer Robert Tirpak. With this Video- and Solo performance
she has shown the existence Involvement of human being. In the smallness
as well as in the society, a order of efforts, fails and recover.
( Kleine Zeitung Graz, 11/2001)
"systems<damaging>systems", an intelligent and
sensitive dance as result of an attentive direction from a choreographer
that obviously is not satisfied any longer with the impeccable steps,
but needs to go deeper and committed herself to get deeper in the
critical role that artists today have in the advancement of a better
( Patrizia Tombesi, TanzAffiche 10/2000)
The ensembles choreography, versatility and variety
of interpretation is sensual, credible, a far cry from the sterile.
The expression is excellent; dancing and acting unite in harmonious
perfection; the performers exhaust themselves for the audience,
approaching them at the physical as well as the spiritual level.
The power and conviction of the dance is fascinating in the way
it portrays happiness, pain, comedy.
Light, majestic, the dancers skip about the stage, hover above it,
displaying a pristine facility t represent the libidinous that is
removed from perfunctory professionalism. The applause in the city
theatre expresses the delight and appreciation of the audience.
(Liquid Underwear Passauer Neue Presse, 29.11.1999)
Egon Schiele. What a subject for a modern ballet !
Nudity, wild living, shattered taboos. What pleasures in store for
the aesthete with a slight inclination to voyeurism. But, alas !
This is the wrong address for obscenity. No stridencies. No shocking
images. Nothing. But this is not a drawback. Helene Weinzierls choreography
approaches Schiele stealthily, with caution. She does not tear the
mask off any faces, she lays bare the soul, shyly almost, with great
care, she unveils the tender self-regard of the man of genius, the
responses of those around him, mother and sisters. Over and over
again images from the paintings
flash across the stage, not simply as some form of three-dimensional
plagiary, but rather as an autonomous and self-willed (self-)portrayal
of the painter. The gestural repertoire of the LaroqueDanceCompany
is clear and fraught with power. One of the great strengths of this
production lies in its reductive quality; another, in its irony.
The audience was delighted.
(Ich Ewiges Kind, Schwäbische Zeitung 7/1998).