The name of the MichaelDouglas Kollektiv says it all. Together with founders Michael Maurissens and Douglas Bateman, Adam Ster, Susanne Grau, Sabine Perry and Inma Rubio make up this unique group of artistically mature, strong personalities. Formerly dancers with Amanda Miller, they entered into a reorientation phase when her company pretty ugly tanz köln broke up in 2009. That is when they formulated their aesthetic concept, devoting equal space to development and experiment. Each of them contributes their own considerable experience and charisma to the group. A striking, recurrent feature of their work is the complementary interplay of male and female forms of expression. The MichaelDouglas Kollektiv stands out among companies in western Germany for its dance skills and creative potential. Its members share an understanding of dance as a medium that participates in an interdisciplinary artistic discourse. They have collaborated with architects, musicians and sociologists, creating projects that seem like journeys, where movement is generated by encounter. Choreographers such as Georg Reischl and Vivienne Newport have cooperated as guests with the collective, and philosophers and artists take part in its ONE WEEK STANDs, developing a performance together over the course of a week. The collective’s collective presence on stage is impressive. Rather than merging into one, it demonstrates how fruitful interplay between independent artists can be.
Here is you and not me (2014)
ONE WEEK STAND „ONLY LOVE/LET’S GET PHYSICAL…” (2015)
Telling Stories (2015)
The Zaurack Project (2016)
The Exchange (2016)
MichaelDouglas Kollektiv & Dana Caspersen
The collective, founded in 2009, was formed around a core of six performers. As well as full-length stage productions, they are known for their week-long “performance research projects” titled ONE WEEK STAND with collaborating artists including Gob Squad, Stefan Dreher, Angela Schubot & Jared Gradinger and Stephanie Thiersch. Since 2012, they have taken the exploration of architecture as their point of departure to consider the distinctions between audience and performers, individuals and groups, and dance and movement. In 2014 they founded the Zentrum für Austausch und Innovation Köln (Centre for Exchange and Innovation, Cologne) – a future-oriented platform for dance in Cologne. In 2015, they expanded upon their work with collective processes in the production Telling Stories in collaboration with the choreographers’ collective MAMAZA.