VIBES celebrates the encounter in presence and plays with aspects of interpersonal understanding - with expressive dance. The wavelength, the sensual information, the spark that sizzles and the unspoken are the material from which the performance draws.

Five dancers communicate on sensual levels and dance through spoken and unspoken words. The freedom of interpretation leads to an exciting exchange. They engage the audience in the excitement of the physical present, in the energy and vibration of the moment. With dance inventiveness and great sensitivity, the dancers create a vibrant and communicative performance.

VIBES Trailer from Britta Lieberknecht on Vimeo.

Kölnische Rundschau

by Thomas Linden

„For a long time there has not been a dance production in Cologne's independent scene with so much dancing. It is fascinating... "Vibes" is full of surprises and captivates its audience with sizzling encounters in which fresh dance figures can be seen. A choreography that does not allow conventions, is well balanced and always remains experimental.“


Kölnische Rundschau / complete review

Kölnische Rundschau

by Thomas Linden

If you can only smell each other well
In "Vibes" Britta Lieberknecht and her ensemble get close

Relationships have a future if you can smell each other well. So the dancers (Clara Thierry, Maria Mercedes Flores Mujica, Neus Barcons Roca and Dario Wilmington and Jacob Gómez Ruiz) of Britta Lieberknecht's ensemble first smell each other. Apparently the scents are pleasant, because now the audience in the dance hall of the Alte Feuerwache may experience how the "Vibes" work.
The title refers to the charisma, and the five-member ensemble has a lot of that potential. Already the bodies are very different and then find themselves in alternating duets. The petite Neus Barcons Roca discovers the body of the tall Dario Wilmington while dancing. The complex choreographies of the evening are united by the fact that they emphasize the differences between men and women. And this works because they meet at eye level.
For a long time there has not been a dance production in Cologne's independent scene with so much dancing. For more than 70 minutes, the story is told with the body. It is a fascinating affair how the couples lure each other, challenge each other and conquer each other with a fine sense of humour. Gerno Bogumil provides subtle but pointed sounds for this. In one sequence he accompanies Maria Mercedes Flores Mujica with the cornet, the movements of dance and music correspond so aptly that the dialogue becomes a spontaneously developed jazz sequence.
"Vibes" is full of surprises and captivates its audience with sizzling encounters in which fresh dance figures can be seen. A choreography that does not allow conventions, is well balanced and always remains experimental.


Kölner Stadtanzeiger / Bergisches Land

by Gisela Schwarz

There is no stage set and no stage lighting, only chairs for the visitors against the walls. And yet the danced dialogue of the five dancers immediately captivates you…“


Kölner Stadtanzeiger / complete review

Kölner Stadtanzeiger / Bergisches Land

by Gisela Schwarz

When pairs of people merge
Britta Lieberknecht "tests" her new choreography "Vibes" at Studio Britanniahütte

Bergisch Gladbach. When Britta Lieberknecht invites people to rehearsals in her Studio Britanniahütte 25a, she regularly attracts friends of contemporary dance. Two previews of "Vibes" have been fully booked in the last few days.
There is no stage set and no stage lighting, only chairs for the visitors against the walls. And yet the danced dialogue of the five dancers immediately captivates you, you are part of this performance, a "test flight" how Britta Lieberknecht calls this rehearsal on Saturday, which is so very different from the previous one: "there are always new stories - the last part was improvised" she says after the over one-hour performance. For two months the dancers Clara Thierry, Dario Wilmington, Jacob Gómez Ruiz, Maria Flores Mujica, Neus Barcons Roca and the music performer Gerno Bogumil have been working on the mediation of interpersonal communication and have developed dialogues without words - each with a different body language.
To the sound of trumpets, the encounter of three female dancers and two male dancers begins with mutual approaching, looking at each other, until two couples look at each other more closely and smell each other. At some point they form an intertwined group, distantly reminiscent of Giambologna's "Rape of the Sabine Women" in Florence, in defense, at some point sliding on the floor - each individual as if in a trance, in slow motion. Again, a couple approaches, breathes and acts in the same rhythm until they merge in acrobatic oscillations.
It is the architecture of relationships that the five perform again and again in variations. They even involve the audience, who, surprised, either looks away or acts along. "You can feel every breeze, the physicality - you've never come this close to a dancer before" says one visitor later. "Yes „Vibes“ also lives from your presence - every audience is different", says Britta Lieberknecht. "This mindful togetherness touched me very much - that's what we need in these times," notes Christiane Budden, dancer and dance teacher.
„Vibes" celebrates its premiere today, Thursday, in the hall of the Alte Feuerwache in Cologne, Melschiorstr. 3. We will then have a space that is much larger than here" says Lieberknecht. An exciting challenge!


 


 

VIBES
Dance performance in the space between words

artistic direction: Britta Lieberknecht
choreography: Britta Lieberknecht & Company
dance: Britta Lieberknecht, Dario Wilmington, Jacob Gómez Ruiz, Maria Flores Mujica, Neus Barcons Roca
music performance : Gerno Bogumil
lighting design: Dietrich Schuckließ
photos: Martin Miseré
video: Monika Pirch
pr design: Mira Savani Falkenberg, Frank Domahs

Supported by the city of Cologne


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