Dance theatre about injuries and aging with Bibiana Jiménez

03. PR, 04. july 2020, 20 h,
09. - 11. july 2020, 20 h:
Orangerie Theater im Volksgarten, Köln
Volksgartenstr. 25, 50677 Cologne reservation info [at]

Just before the premiere in March, the virus stopped the new production, a break in the biography of the theatre and the artists. However, FRACTURA is all about the breaks, injuries and scars that can be found in an artist's biography!

At 40, most women rethink their lives and most dancers inevitably end their careers. They have experienced some injuries, pain and fractures that have left external and internal scars. Partly through violence, self-inflicted or exercised by others.

FRACTURA is a linking from Colombia/South America to Germany/Europe. A journey through the mental and physical injuries of an emigrated dancer who, facing the pain, cannot stop dancing! Biographical ruptures, injuries, scars, the struggle for identity and the role as a woman, perfection of the dance and repeated rebellions. Mentally and physically...

We all know it: at first the body is overwhelmed by pain, and after the shock, the fear is growing that something will remain of this injury, something that cannot be repaired, something that the body does not forgive and with which you have to deal with right now. One consults the doctor to get certainty and to invoke healing.

And then two worlds clash: One of them is factually precise with clear information, cool measurements and sharp images. The other is concerned with the integrity of the surface, the unrestricted mobility and life. In FRACTURA these two perspectives are juxtaposed: The life story of Bibiana Jiménez, closely interwoven with her dancing career and migration history, is shown in x-rays, live drawings by the Norwegian artist Katarina Caspersen and formerly danced parts. Again and again, the comparison with today will be made: missed opportunities, great moments of happiness and solos that gain in intensity through years of body experience and lead to touching moments.

A battle between the factual enumerations and the desire to defy transience with its decay and breakdown begins - as spectators we see both sides. An emotional imbalance in which the dancing body can only loose while the human being makes an impressive appeal against self-abandonment.

Director/concept: Andrea Bleikamp
Dance/Choreography: Bibiana Jiménez
Dramaturgy/Text: Rosi Ulrich
Co-Choreography: Sara Blasco Gutiérrez
Equipment: Claus Stump / Paula Noller
Live painting: Katarina Caspersen
Video: Jens Standke
Music: Klangwart
Music Arrangement: Sara Blasco Gutiérre
Voices: Lucia Schulz, Asta Nechajute, Silvia Petrova, Sara Blasco Gutiérrez, Katarina Caspersen
Light: Jan Wiesbrock / Peter Behle
Technical Director: Jens Kuklik
Assistant: Gina Bensch
Photos: Claus Stump
PR: mechtild tellmann cultural management
ÖA: neurohr & andrä GbR

PR: 19.3. 2020, 20 H, 20 + 21.3. 2020, 22.3.2020, 18 H: Orangerie Theater, Cologne / 13 - 16 May 2020, 20 H: Orangerie Theater, Cologne / March and May dates cancelled due to the corona crisis





fragility of life

a critique of the live streaming of the rehearsals on 21 March 2020 at

"To describe Fractura as a dance solo is a little too simplistic. Rather, the 50-minute piece is a total work of art. ... It is primarily a biography of an artist, or more precisely of a female dancer, in words, music, dance, drawing and projection. That sounds complex and it is. ... The innovative use of light fascinates, but increasingly the interplay of the artistically persevering text, the musical impressions and the loneliness of the dancer on stage takes the mind. ... Thoughtfully, one remains seated in front of the monitor, quite happy actually that one does not have to expose oneself to applause now. Wehr51 has succeeded in creating a great work that touches the audience deep inside. And it's also clear that you definitely have to experience this again in the theatre. As soon as possible, but that's more of a pious hope." (Michael S. Zerban, sound track, 21 March 2020)

A production of WEHR51, in coproduction with Orangerie Theatre, Cologne and Freihandelszone - ensemblenetzwerk köln
supported by: Kulturamt der Stadt Köln, Ministry for Culture and Science of NRW

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