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First Aid Training

photo: Johanna Hoff

Museum of Contemporary Art (Skopje 2022)

photos: Leni von Geleva

Sports hall (Erlangen 2022)

photos: Johanna Hoff

Underground car park (Giessen 2021)

photos: Rolf K. Wegst, Dana Maxim, Falczyk/Herschel

Site-specific performance for 10 participants.

Developed in 2020-2021 during the pandemic the performance simulates the coming together of a group of people as an emergency. We misappropriate elements of a common first aid course as well as elements of other physical and mental forms of training. Two trainers guide the participants through different exercises in which collectivity and the relationship as a group are practiced in a radical way. Instead of preparing for an emergency, we meet to examine our coming together itself. We take apart gestures and positions and reassemble them anew. We explore how we are put into relation and how we could relate to each other differently. Can we rehearse the emergency?

"Even though the work on the performance began before the global corona pandemic, the performance and training of a collective situation could not be more timely: After a year of social and spatial distancing, the performance was a training in (re)coming together and collectivity." PD Dr. Gerko Egert, Theater scholar

Previous dates

21 + 23/09/2022 Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje (MKD)

25/06/2022 ARENA Festival, Friedrich Sponsel sports hall, Erlangen

17 + 18/04/2022 Performing Arts Forum, St. Erme (FR)

11/09/2021 Zeitzeug Festival, Car park University West, Bochum

28/08/2021 TanzArt-ostwest Festival, Underground car park city hall, Giessen

26 + 29/04/2021 Sports hall Campus Kugelberg, Giessen

25/11/2020 HTA-Festival, Frankfurt LAB (work in progress)

10/10/2020 Proposals for the Circumstances, Kultur im Zentrum Giessen (work in progress) 

27/06/2020 VVIP-Festival, Frankfurt (Main) (work in progress)

10/06/2020 Theatermaschine Giessen  (work in progress)

First Aid Training is a production by Felix Falczyk and Johanna Herschel in cooperation with the Institute for Applied Theater Studies with kind support by the Institute for Sports Science of Justus Liebig University Giessen. Guest performances have been made possible by Giessener Hochschulgesellschaft, ID_Tanzhaus Frankfurt Rhein-Main supported by DIEHL+RITTER/TANZPAKT RECONNECT,  funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR - Dance Aid Programme initiative, Kontrapunkt and CRIC - Festival of Critical Culture supported by Goethe-Institut Skopje, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia and Allianz Kulturstiftung, Creative Europe.

© Felix Falczyk, Johanna Herschel 2024.