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Concept/Director: Ren Saibara Performance/Choreographer: Haruka Tomatsu Concept/Text/Dramaturge: Viola Köster

Stage: Michaela Muchina Light-/Sound-/Videodesign: Sebastian K. König Outside-Eye: Annett Hardege

 With a choreography between desk, chair, and laptop, the Japanese (butoh) dancer and performer Haruka Tomatsu explores the effects of unbounded work on the body, movement, and nature of people.

 In collaboration with the director Ren Saibara and the dramaturge Viola Köster, the dancer makes stress and career pressure visible on stage and questions the often self-chosen exploitation with seriousness and humor.

  Does my job really make me happy?

 In Japan, the name “Karoshi” means death from overwork, in Germany burnout is a widespread phenomenon that affects workers who are particularly passionate about what they do. In the wake of work, work addiction gradually takes over and the person who seems to be able to manage himself perfectly burns inside and becomes empty and unable to work.

 “Die Spirale” now takes the subject under the microscope with full physical effort and with the help of three languages and thus questions the socially hip, good-humored spending between the office, fitness studio and Insta selfie account. Is there a way out of the spiral? Or does it always go on like this?

Date: (Premier)12. 13.-15. August. 2021 in Vierte Welt, Berlin, Germany

Photo: Franziska Cazanave

Video: Franziska Cazanave

Eine Produktion von Ren Saibara, gefördert vom Fonds Darstellende Künste aus Mitteln der Beauftragten Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Rahmen von NEUSTART KULTUR und unterstützt mit Mitteln der Projektförderung Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg.

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