»a small, inconspicuous push – and they are already starting to turn, 
the unpredictable associations. 
a half of a sentence snapped somewhere in the strangeness,
a few familiar words with the odd singing sentence melody.
home are smells, noises, colours and shapes, 
language and – probably mostly – memory.
home are rituals, landscapes, and humor.«
(spiegel-spezial »»longing for home«, j. kronsbein, 1996)

five performers follow traces, left and found, marked and blurred – they drift apart or come together to form a portrait of thoughts about home and wandering.

»i can sit on a chair, still the whole world is within me.« (toula limnaios)

immobile travellers in a seemingly borderless world. more and more in motion, the boundaries and perspectives come into flux – home differs between fixation and evolution. thus, the outer emigration can become the inner immigration – the arrival of my departure.

memories, one’s own roots, childhood experiences, cultural ties, family histories, traditions of a country stand against the discovery of new horizons – gain and loss are close to each other: departure and arrival, home and foreignness, integration and isolation, prospects and uprooting, safety and insecurity, wanderlust and homesickness, home and homelessness.

»›spuren‹ is a portrait of thoughts about wandering and home, wanderlust and homesickness. a seemingly chaos is transformed into a danced harmony in a matter of seconds. without doubt one of the best berlin ballet companies.« (rbb: stilbruch, stephan düfel, 2004)

a cie. toula limnaios production, funded by the capital culture fund.

resumption in 2005 dance: dagmar bock, anuschka von oppen, carlos osatinsky, katja scholz, hironori sugata

concept/choreography

toula limnaios

music

ralf r. ollertz

dance/creation

gabriel galindez, hyoung-min kim, anuschka von oppen, carlos osatinsky, katja scholz

lightdesign

klaus dust

space/costumes

toula limnaios

stage constructions

heinz adlung

choreographic assistance

linda gaylord

public relation

silke wiethe

fotos

dieter hartwig, cyan

reviews

»›spuren‹ is a portrait of thoughts about wandering and home, wanderlust and homesickness. a seemingly chaos is transformed into a danced harmony in a matter of seconds. without doubt one of the best berlin ballet companies.« (rbb: stilbruch, stephan düfel, 2004)

»home is not a place. /// the nature can sometimes be very close, even in the big city. this is best shown in the halle – the rehearsal and, more recently, performance venue of the choreographer toula limnaios. although in the middle of the city, the halle`s location is somewhat hidden and very idyllic under old chestnut trees, which exude their calm, earthy atmosphere through the large windows and the open door into the interior.
the warmth of the summer, the steadily darkening evening mood, the green of the trees slowly disappearing into the black of the night – all of this is part of the prelude of the ›spuren‹. a hybrid creature is waiting in the open door, a whale woman in the moonlight, almost naked and held in place with twigs, with a pair of cobweb horns on her head.

what a magical, poetic image as she breaks into the inner space, shakes off the branches, frees herself from nature and then – turned into a human – tentatively and carefully searches for her new security on the empty surface. an intense beginning …« (tanz journal, elisabeth nehring, 2004)

»a small miracle in the HALLE /// it’s wonderful what has grown out of this crisis: the starting of the hau theater combine left toula limnaios homeless … now rehearsals and performances take place in their own quarters – an old brick hall, christened simply the halle. the group has received basic funding from the city, and the artistic director a professorship at the palucca university.« (tagesspiegel, ulrich amling, 2004)