EpicDermis – A 60-minute dance piece for 5 dancers

Premiere: 23.9.2022


Man is a homo hapticus. The sense of touch and feeling is the first of our senses. Even before we hear, smell and taste, we feel, we sense touch. EpicDermis is a border crossing, a dance across the skin. The skin is man’s largest organ – and at the same time his sensitive border between self and world. Every touch is as much a sign of affection as it is an indication of potential danger. Every touch tells a story about the familiar, about the foreign, tells a story in which the self seeks its place in the world. Every touch spells out a haptic vocabulary, full of power and longing, full of hurt and care. The “touchless society” (Elisabeth von Tadden) is entangled in a paradox: The longing for independence and unboundedness reflected in increasing singularisation turns into contactless isolation – the untouched human being as an isolated monad of a hypersensitive society. EpicDermis also speaks out against this horror, tells of the pleasurable exploration of the world, tells of the survival necessity of being touched.

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A production of Cooperativa Maura Morales in co-production with Forum Freies Theater- FFT/ Düsseldorf, Pumpenhaus Münster, Ringlokschuppen Ruhr.
Supported by the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, by the Cultural Office of the State Capital Düsseldorf.

Line Up:
Dancers: Martha Gardner, Kira Metzler, Giulia Russo, Dario Rigaglia, Ilario Frigione
Concept/Direction/Choreography: Maura Morales
Composition/Livesampling: Michio Woirgardt
Dramaturgy: René Linke
Lighting design/technical direction: Grace Morales Suso
Stage design and visuals: Manfred Borsch
Latex works: Alexandra Reichart, Matthias Krauß
Assistance: Matthea Pedersen
Costumes: Marion Strehlow