A Wall by any other name

A Wall by any other name

by Anika Bendel

2008 | Berlin

“A Wall by any other name” deals with the ambivalence of walls: walls that we build ourselves to protect ourselves, that are supposed to provide protection, but that are also the limits that lock up what they are supposed to protect.

Based on a child’s drawing, Anika Bendel took up the theme of the inner walls during her training time at the dance academy balance1 in order to edit it in a solo performance with a two-meter board. After its premiere in the premises of the dance academy balance1, the piece underwent several revisions, including the Bonn artist Bärbel Stenzensberger and later with the Cologne dancer and choreographer Nada Kokotovic.

choreography, dance Anika Bendel music Jörg Ritzenhoff dramaturgical advice Bärbel Stenzensberger, Nada Kokotovic Photography Frank Erler

duration: 6 min, (longer version 20 min)


“Experimentally and expressively, Anika Bendel from the University of Music and Dance (Cologne) dances in her solo “Rising and Falling” with a man-high wall that symbolizes actual and supposed resistance.
Amazing how the material becomes an imaginary partner and is sometimes danced against or with it. A grandiose idea, also superbly executed in a dance-like manner.”
(Klaus Keil, Kölner Rundschau 2010)

“Walls can be both protective and constricting. “A Wall by any other name” by and with Anika Bendel explores the ambiguity of inner walls, inspired by a child’s drawing, to create an expressive Pas de Deux. She dances with a man-high plate, which offers protection as a wall, sometimes as an obstacle on the legs.
Her body leans against the strict geometry of the wall and takes refuge behind it – or is dependent on its support. With the rigid plate as its counterpart, Bendel achieves purist snapshots full of symbolism. “
(Johanna Heckeley, Kölner Stadtanzeiger 2010)


27-05-2010, 20:00

Tanzhaus Köln Interim
Schanzenstraße 35
51063 Köln

01-01-2010, 20:00

Szóló Duó Fesztival Budapest
MU Theater
Budapest, 1117, Kőrösi J.u.17.

01-01-2009, 19:00

Barnes Crossing Köln
Industriestraße 170
50999 Köln

09-11-2008, 19:00

Patchwork on stage – flatback & cry
Max-Taut Aula Berlin
Fischerstraße 36
10317 Berlin

08-11-2008, 19:00

Patchwork on stage – flatback & cry
Max-Taut Aula Berlin
Fischerstraße 36
10317 Berlin

01-01-2008, 00:00

balance 1 Berlin
Colditzstraße 23
12099 Berlin

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