Esplanade Presents | da:ns festival



Martin Schick (Switzerland/Germany)

14 & 15 Oct 2016
Fri & Sat

14 Oct 2016 : 9.30pm
15 Oct 2016 : 3pm
14 Oct 2016 : 9.30pm
15 Oct 2016 : 3pm
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45mins (no intermission)
Esplanade Annexe Studio

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How much do you need for your own prosperity? What if you give half of what you own to someone who needs it? We’ve heard of wealthy entrepreneurs practicing the “half-bread technique” giving away half of their wealth to charitable causes. Unlike these billionaires, Martin Schick is a humble independent performing artist from Europe. What can Schick give the audience through a dance performance?

In this funny and thought-provoking work, Schick invites a guest dancer from a so-called “economically troubled country” and audience members to participate and examine the relationship between do-goodliness, generosity, money and our personal needs. In a critical time when our global socio-economic situation calls for positive concepts of sharing and exchange, this witty and engaging performance offers you the opportunity to reconsider perspectives on sharing.

Schick’s works are versatile in crossing different subjects and mediums, and theatrical elements; which are intrinsic in his practice,make his work experimental, playful and humorous. Since its premiere at Julidans 2012 in Amsterdam, Halfbreadtechnique has won audience’s hearts when touring the world.

This performance will be staged at the Esplanade's new Annexe Studio.

About Martin Schick

Martin Schick is an independent performance artist from Switzerland, living between Berlin and the Swiss Alps. After a career as a dancer, he was educated in theatre and performance in Berne. Since 2007 he has been creating his own works mainly in the independent dance and theatre environment, gaining international attention while staging his pieces at prominent venues all over the world. Schick has participated in 10 residencies since 2015, and is supported by the European network WEB. He is also a recipient of a grant by the Canton of Fribourg (CH). Earlier in 2016, he launched his agency HNC as part of the European biennale MANIFESTA 11, and is currently on a world tour with his LOW BUDGET SERIES.

About Esplanade Annexe Studio

A two-storey space located along the Esplanade Waterfront, the Esplanade Annexe Studio is a raw studio which is suitable for rehearsals, artist residencies, workshops and masterclasses and other new artist development programmes. Converted from a previously tenanted space, this versatile studio can also be used for more a variety of performances and concerts, as well as work-in-progress showings.

About da:ns festival

To all dance lovers and those curious, Esplanade’s da:ns festival invites you to fall in love with dance through a full-hearted celebration of movement this October. With powerful performances from around the world, exciting new creations and a wide range of opportunities to learn different kinds of dance, this 11-day festival will open your mind, lift your spirit and get your body moving.

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