First part of the Trilogy of Spectatorship – In search for proximity

Love means admitting that we can’t do it alone. Love is the beginning of a new world, a founding act of two distinct subjects that accept their differences as a requirement for love. This is how the French philosopher Alain Badiou describes it in In Praise of Love. And we can view the encounter between artists and audience in the same way – a “scene of the two.”

LIEBE is the first part of a trilogy that will span a period of three years, a trilogy that explores the fragile relationship between viewers and dancers. In preparation for the performance, Jenny Beyer and her team have been opening their rehearsal studio since October 2014, making their audience the most important player and research object in order to explore respective expectations and possibilities of cooperation: When do spectators and dancers feel close to each other? How can the audience become a part of the choreography without having to dance? How can movement touch us without badgering us? In search for moments of proximity, LIEBE looks at what it means to exist together and at the connections that viewers and dancers forge within the performance space.

“Right from the start, the dancers establish an unobtrusive closeness to the audience that has nothing to do with the confrontational nature of some performances of this kind that force viewers to participate on stage (…) An unforgettable evening. Smart, sensual, playful and downright incredibly connected.”

Tom R. Schulz, Hamburger Abendblatt, May 21, 2015


Concept/Artistic Direction

Jenny Beyer 


Jenny Beyer
Chris Leuenberger
Matthew Rogers
Nina Wollny 




Adelaida Cue Bär 


Anne Kersting
Igor Dobricic 


Henning Eggers 


Solveigh Patett


May 20, 2015, 7:30 pm at Kampnagel, Hamburg

Further Performances: May 21 – 24 at Kampnagel, Hamburg and  June 5 and 6, 2015 at Theater Freiburg

LIEBE is a production of Jenny Beyer in Co-Production with Kampnagel Hamburg and Theater Freiburg, funded by Kulturbehörde Hamburg and Hamburgische Kulturstiftung
Photos: Thies Rätzke


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