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Ken | כן

Chaos, destruction and mend

A person is standing . Mouth wide open. She belongs with the people of naked sounds. Syllable-chorus from ancient times. She alarms. It isn’t the first time, nor the last one. Nearly frozen. Still here not gone. She is a mix of the before and the after. She must reconstruct. Ken. Sound over sound act over act body over body, they labor for methods of existing within unbearable realities.

Ken|כן is a full-length solo dance piece deals with a reality of chaos and destruction and the sovereignty for alternatives of existence raising from it.

Observing chaos as a fundamental pattern of existence, naturally breaking systems and structures, the piece seeks to physically live through the various conflicts it raises as such.

Driven by the effect of chaos not only in its scientific entity but also in its sociopolitical role, Goshen engages with personal and collective events of extreme disruption. She learns the physicality of chaos that shatters boundaries and limitations. The shock caused by a structure’s collapse. The forces’ collision of ruins and survivability. Chaos that creates not repetition but evolution. Chaos which is in each and every one of us, as well as in all of us as one. She asks where and how in a singular body, her single body, lies the power of ‘many’.

The piece offers an exposed peek onto a journey for emphasizing existence.

Hinting at Goshen’s origins, the name of the piece has a meaning in Hebrew, ‘KEN| ‘כן means ‘Yes’. Goshen withdraws from the verbal to the physical. Yes, as in accepting and testing more than one way, more than one truth, more than one reality. Yes and again Yes and again Yes will result in the beauty of chaos.


Concept, choreography & performance: Smadar Goshen
Outside Eye & Dramaturgy: Maya Caroll and Maya Weinberg
Lighting design: Omer Sheizaf
Costume: Katharina Ruprecht
Music: Leonard Küßner
Video & Animation: Remmy Canedo
Production: Lisa Ticar
Production assistance: Sophie Gisbertz
Communication: Angela Milosevic
Graphics: Evelyn Fortmeier
Video documentation: Jan Hottmann and Valentin Leuschel

Special Thanks to Sabrina Schray, Amy Josh, Lior Skoury, the Produktionszentrum Tanz + Performance e.V. Stuttgart team and the Freie Tanz-und Theaterszene Stuttgart guG team.

Ken | כן premiered on January 26th, 27th, 28th at the FITZ Theater in Stuttgart and was funded by the state capital Stuttgart, the Landesverband Freie Tanz- und Theaterschaffende Baden Württemberg e.V. with funds from the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of the State of Baden-Württemberg, the Freie Tanz- und Theaterszene Stuttgart gUG, the Péter Horváth Stiftung and was supported by the Produktionszentrum Tanz und Performance Stuttgart, Residency Support | Theater Freiburg as well as the Tanzzentrale Nürnberg. A cooperation with the FITZ Theater Stuttgart.


Pictures captured by Daniela Wolf.