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A solo dance piece on Rainer Werner Fassbinder´s Die Bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant

Petra is a solo dance piece on Rainer Werner Fassbinder´s Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant (1973). The film is a triangle melodrama about a successful fashion designer tragic love affair with her younger model and protégé, Karin. It deals with the narrative of the figure of Petra von Kant: a peculiar and complex figure from Fassbinder Universe, with poses and gestures from Hollywood stars, Greek Nymphs and Fashion Models. “Deine Figur ist dein Kapital” she advices Karin. But why does one maintain one´s figure, the figura – as plastic, dynamic and living form – and what kind of labour does it involve to refrain from falling? Challenging how feminine stereotypes are presented in cinema and art, the piece investigates the performativity in everyday rituals, crisis and spectacles. 

Premiere: 7-9. February 2020, dock 11, Berlin

Performance, choreography and production: Berit Einemo Frøysland 

Sound design and music: Philipp Rhensius 

Costume: Belle Santos 

Dramaturgical support: Anna Leon 

Light Design: Andreas Harder 


Funded by Arts Council Norway 

Trailer 2 (2018). Video: Jon Filip Fahlström

Music: The Walker Brothers "In my room"

View Program Booklet here