TERMINAL BEACH - the beach can also be terminal. United in between pain and joy, different people meet, get lost in loops, surf around each other, lose their foothold, make waves together, risk fictional stories, wave flags together, cite old habits, lean into curves, amuse themselves in well-trodden paths, conquer wastelands and constantly reorient themselves for great and small escapes. When the horizon proves to be a dead end, the reverse gear leads to the way out. When Satan appears, we stay cool, move closer together and dance formation in the salon.
World premiere: 14. January 2022, UTOPIA Munich
Choreography: Moritz Ostruschnjak
Choreographic collaborator: Daniela Bendini
Dance: Guido Badalamenti, David Cahier, Daniel Conant,
Robero Provenzano, Miyuki Shimizu, Magdalena Agata Wójcik
Light design: Michael Peischl
Dramatic adviser: Armin Kerber
Costume: Daniela Bendini, Moritz Ostruschnjak
Music mixing & editing: Jonas Friedlich
Production management: Lara Schubert
PR: Simone Lutz
A production by Moritz Ostruschnjak in co-production with Theater Freiburg. Funded by the Cultural Department of the City of Munich and by the BLZT, Bavarian State Association for Contemporary Dance, with funds from the Bavarian State Ministry for Science and Art. In collaboration with Utopia UG. Moritz Ostruschnjak is a member of theTanztendenz München e. V.
And zombies, or at least the homeless, also storm through the darkest piece to date by the Munich-based choreographer of the hour, whose dramaturgy increasingly reflects our digital online behavior. (…) In an impenetrable world, his dancers cling to familiar images and codes, imitate the frozen (un)happiness of comic-strip heroes or glide across the stage like in a casting for “Holiday on Ice” – until they suddenly run out of breath on only one inline skate. (…) Good night hope!
Sabine Leucht, Süddeutsche Zeitung, January 14th, 2022
They're a well-attuned team. There is no better dance company out there. (…) No matter how grotesque the challenge – the dancers with their faces expressively grimacing and alternating in slow motion between grinning and crying, is enjoyable to watch up close. The fact that they quickly move away again and minimize to a tiny thing in the distance increases the appeal in this game full of great depth effects. Entire sequences of movement are repeatedly danced in reverse in an exceptionally refined and masterful manner. Everyone acts on their own in wide arcs around each other – embedded in a perhaps digitally conceived universe, where death is pulling the strings.
Vesna Mlakar, Abendzeitung München, January 14th 2022
His latest and so far best piece (...). a bunch of stranded people at this "Terminal Beach", where daredevil roller skaters perform a reckless sextet as a reference to the choreographer's past, where cowboys in the fog indulge in musical and visual Americana as 'Ghostriders in the Sky': a bit of myth in a rhythmic maelstrom of somnambulistic imagery and breakneck moves towards a night-black doom. And this danced Armageddon is a fantastic spatial experiment in a completely gutted, bare performance space in the north of Munich...
Eva-Elisabeth Fischer, Tanz – Zeitschrift für Ballett, Tanz und Performance, June 2022