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Rocking Woman Like Rock

Delicately touches the topic of feminine pleasure and intimacy

Rocking women like Rock’ deals with the wide spectrum of feminine pleasure and the many different existing ways of experiencing intimacy. It uses the virtue of fluidity of form in the female body, creating a variety of intimate situations on stage. Some of those situations are moving, some of them are exquisitely aesthetic and some are controversial or questionable.

Under the close view of the public, the two dancers of ‘Rocking Women like Rock’ go through a roller coaster journey. Reshaping and re-aging themselves they go through different stages in life. throuhout the whole piece, the two use their everchanging relationship to refine and define what closeness means, to one another and to one self, and how can they find pleasure in it.

The action of rocking is one of the major themes in the piece. It is being researched thoroughly through the choreography, which reveals it’s astonishing spectrum and diverse connotations. Soothingly rocking a baby to sleep, releasing a blockage, sexual interaction, ecstatic experience, or an abusive outburst, all are intuitively expressed through/by rocking.

Being a primal and instinctual motion, the rocking action evokes a corporal experience within the audience, with which they feel connected to the movement on stage through their own flash and blood. Almost as if they were moving with the dancers on stage in the moment.

The piece was created in 2020 for the ‘Made in Stuttgart’ Festival by Forum der Kulturen Stuttgart. As the festival was postponed due to the covid-19 pandemic, Rocking Women like Rock could only premiere on September 2021 in Theaterhaus Stuttgart. It was supported by the city of Stuttgart, Freie Tanz– und Theaterszene Stuttgart as well as the Produktionszentrum Tanz und Performance Stuttgart. It had finally performed as part of ‘Made in Stuttgart’ Festival on November 2021, in the Produktionszentrum Tanz und Performance Stuttgart.

Duration: 45 minutes
Premiere on September 19, 2021 at Theaterhaus Stuttgart.
Choreography, concept and artistic direction: Smadar Goshen
Dance: Selina Koch and Sophie Gisbertz
Costume Design: Laura Yoro
Music: Crowd Chant by Joe Satriani, Kmo El Maim by Yehudit Ravitz, Unknown track by an anonymous artist.
Pictures : Guido Stuch
Video: Pjotr Strokov
Editing: Pippa Samaya