On a stage reminiscent of an apartment, Tomas Bünger and Sergey Zhukov engage with their own biographies in dance. Who am I when I enter the stage, and how do others see me? How can I be myself and simultaneously a theatrical figure? In the potential space of a search for identity, two dancer meet who seek to discover themselves in the other. Based on their online productions ›Queerland?‹ and ›Speeddating #1‹, with which they were invited to the festival April Dance 2021 @IAPAR in Pune, India, Bünger and Zhukov continue their research process on how two persons can come closer to each other. They reexamine the artistic material and create a stage production between dance and theater, reality and fiction, that deals with their own queer identity.
Tomas Bünger studied classical and modern dance at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media and was a long-time member of the Tanztheater Bremen. He has worked with Susanne Linke, Urs Dietrich, Rodolpho Leonie, Rami Be‘er, Henrietta Horn and Reinhild Hoffmann, among others. Since 2014 he is Artistic Director of the Young Choreographer‘s Platform, initiated by the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh. Tomas Bünger is co-founder of TanzKollektivBremen, housemate at Schwankhalle Bremen, jury member of Tanztreffen der Jugend/Berliner Festspiele and yoga teacher.
Sergey Zhukov was born in Katchar (Kazakhstan) and came to Germany in the late 1990s. From ballroom dance he switched to dance studies at Folkwang University of the Arts and graduated with the Folkwang Prize. He danced for the Folkwang TanzStudio and as a guest with Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. Zhukov collaborated with choreographers such as Susanne Linke, Urs Dietrich, Rodolpho Leoni, Chikako Kaido, Renate Graziadei and many others. In 2021 he started his dance/choreographic research on queer identity with Tomas Bünger.
Jona Aulepp studies Scenic Arts with a focus on theater studies at the University of Hildesheim and uses the pronoun he. Born in Bremen, he sees himself as a freelance actor and performing artist. He came to acting in 2013 through the Junge Akteur*innen of Theater Bremen, where he has already collaborated with Tomas Bünger on two projects. He has also participated in theater youth clubs in Berlin and Hanover. Most recently, Jona Aulepp performed in a work by Christiane Rösinger at HAU1 in Berlin.
DANCE, CHOREOGRAPHY & STAGE DESIGN Tomas Bünger und Sergey Zhukov
ARTISTIC SUPERVISION Jona Aulepp
ASSISTANCE COSTUMES Katja Fritzsche
TECNICAL DIRECTION Jürgen Kääriäinen
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Birte Neumann
PROJECT MANAGEMENT Ulrike Osten
Funded by the Senator of Culture of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen
In the Frame of Tanz Bremen