Alles auf Anfang (2018)

World Premiere: February 15th, 2018, Kampnagel Hamburg

„… since every person is an initium, a beginning and new arrival in the world, humans can take the initiative, become beginners and get new things moving.“ Hannah Arendt

For Jan

In her trilogy about transience, Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft reflects on the laws of time. While „ENDE“ – the first part of the trilogy – addressed melancholy, which incites an impending end, „Alles auf Anfang“ is devoted to the beginners.

They have no intention to move mountains, they will not promise anything auspicious – they start to act and then see what effect their action has.

They start like this: a small group of people has prepared something for a large group of people. The large group is so touched that they grow very silent and wait with high expectations for the event that will not take place. And then someone dares to take the first step – the rest remains unpredictable.

In „Alles auf Anfang“, Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft turns the theater stage into a blank page and celebrates, in the presence of many people and myths, their absent void.

Idea & concept: Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft
Choreography: Antje Pfundtner
Dance: Dani Brown, Frank Koenen, Antje Pfundtner, Matthew Rogers, Anna Till
Dramaturgy: Anne Kersting
Music: Nikolaus Woernle
Stage: Irene Pätzug
Artistic assistant: Juliana Oliveira
Costumes: Yvonne Marcour
Lighting: Michael Lentner
Choreographic assistant final rehearsals: Trinidad Martínez
Artist support: Angela Kecinski
Mechanics: Lars Vaupel
Stage support: Björn Westpfahl
Production: Hannah Melder

„Alles auf Anfang“ is a production by Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft in coproduction with Kampnagel Hamburg, HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden and FFT Düsseldorf. „Alles auf Anfang“ is supported by the Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg, Behörde für Kultur und Medien, the Fonds Darstellende Künste which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the Kunststiftung NRW and the Hamburgische Kulturstiftung.


Photos: Simone Scardovelli


„With a subtle and humorous touch, she addresses the mythical and commonplace and celebrates repetition and rituals. And, in the process, she manages to achieve a high level of performative transparency. The lighthearted happiness that resonates in it all is typical for Pfundtner’s unique dance language. She creates herself from a stubborn precision, an urgent seriousness and, above all, from a disarming openness with which – and in which – Pfundtner and her ensemble operate. And from the very beginning.“ Katrin Ullmann/ taz

„‚Alles auf Anfang‘, roughly ‚Back to the Start‘ – that’s the title of Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft’s world premiere at Kampnagel. After ‚Ende‘, it is the second part of her trilogy about transience. And once again, the Hamburg choreographer and her team devoted themselves to the subject in an intelligent mix of text, music and, yes, movement. (…) The following applies to this choreography: every beginning is full of magic.“ Annette Stiekele/ Hamburger Abendblatt

„Questioning things is certainly Antje Pfundtner’s hallmark: identity in and of itself, the conditions of performance in theater, the audience’s function, the borders between us and me. The only sure thing in Antje Pfundtner’s works is that you should never rely on sure things. Her performances offer the audience no prefabricated schemes. In ‚Alles auf Anfang‘, all convention is thrown overboard at the very beginning. (…) This is no evening in which you can just lean back and relax. (…) You can rely on nothing and no one. There is also no fourth wall; every expectation is undercut. Everything turns off in a different direction. An endless series of breaks. (…) If things don’t seem to fit to one another, then it’s just because things don’t have to fit together. Sociology speaks of a tolerance for ambiguity. And dealing with these ambiguities is intellectual ecstasy. Not everyone has the ability to stand in one place for an entire hour with such intelligence.“ Rico Stehfest/



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