What hasn’t been said and written about this man, from ultra-brutal mob-leader to “premier charmeur”, whose rebellious attitude beguiles even the most emancipated and independent women. Then this: A wiry guy writhes around the stage; a thousand volts seeming to pulse through his body before he forges it into a weapon made of muscle. Andreas Baader as choreographed by Christoph Winkler – raised from the dead and marched into the theatre in 2011 – is as damaged as he is grimly determined; a violent madman as merciless towards himself as he is towards the West German establishment. Winkler and his brilliant dancer Martin Hansen tell the story of the Red Army Faction in a solo performance, with incredible vehemence and to the point of destruction. Winkler’s approach resembles that of the “roving reporter”, made famous by Egon Erwin Kisch in the heyday of 1920’s journalism. Creating productions at a breathtaking pace, he picks up delicate subjects, filters out their essence and transforms them into dramatic material. From his Intifada essay Jerusalem (2002) to Homo Sacer (2004) and the German neo-Nazi terrorism omen Rechts- Radikal (2013), Winkler’s reporting even extends to a survey of Europe (Golden Stars in Blue, 2015). Every now and again he gets diverted by arts issues, such as in Dance!Copy!Right? (2012). Most recently the Berlin- based choreographer has risked a biographical and autobiographical debut: La Fille, a portrait of his foster daughter, links relationship crises with parenting problems, and blends the very private with the very public. Spotlighting such points of intersection is Christoph Winkler’s mission.
Christoph Winkler & Ahmed Soura
La Fille – Portrait eines Kindes (2015)
Christoph Winkler & Emma Daniel
Studies in Postcolonialism (2016)
Urban Soul Café (2016) Christoph Winkler & Aloalii Tapu
Christoph Winkler is considered one of the most versatile German choreographers. His work includes a broad spectrum of formats and extends from very personal to political subjects. He was born in Torgau in the German Democratic Republic and was originally a multiple Spartakiad winner in the disciplines of weightlifting and judo; he also trained in martial arts and breakdancing before undergoing classical ballet training at the National Ballet School Berlin. He then studied choreography at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin for four years and founded Klangkrieg Produktionen, a label for experimental music. He has been working as an independent choreographer in Berlin since 1998. In his works, he is repeatedly able to find subjects that are wholly contained within his art form while also making reference to current societal discourses.