Ira Demina & Joshua Rutter – Banshee Ragout


Das mittelalterliche Motiv des Totentanzes stellt ein Paradox dar. Sind es nicht eigentlich nur die Lebenden, die tanzen können? Und ist der Tanz nicht eine Tätigkeit, die in besonderem Maße Leben und Lebendigkeit symbolisiert?
Was haben also Tod und Tanz miteinander zu tun?
Mit diesem Paradox setzen wir uns auseinander und versuchen, es zu verkörpern und den Tod tatsächlich ‘zum Tanzen’ zu bringen.
Wer weiß, vielleicht tanzt unser Tod schon mit uns.


The medieval figure of a dancing Death embodies a paradox. After all, isn’t it the living who dance? Is dance not often seen, in all its dynamic ephemerality, as an expression and celebration of life itself? What are the connections between dance and death?
We take this abstract figure and attempt to inhabit the paradox ourselves. We search for multiple ways to draw these issues into our bodies and the situations we compose for them.
Who knows, maybe our death is dancing with us already.

Montag Modus /On the verge of predictability/ Apr 2017 from Ira Demina on Vimeo.

Photos: Barbara Antal (at Montag Modus 10.04.17)

Choreography, dance: Joshua Rutter, Irina Demina

Irina Demina (1986, Ru/De) and Joshua Rutter (1980, NZ/De) both graduated from the Master studies from HZT Berlin (Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin). Joshua – from MA SoDa programme (Solo/Dance/Authorship), Irina – MA Choreography. “Banshee Ragout” is their first full-length evening collaboration, supported by the state of Hamburg, it had premiere on the February 9th, 2017.

Irina Demina was born in Poland. Russian. Based in Berlin, Germany.
She made her dance education in Moscow and Hamburg, graduated from Moscow State Lomonosov University and Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz Berlin (HZT).
She has worked with choreographers Xavier le Roy, Jochen Roller, Wanda Golonka, Angela Guerreiro, Halla Olafsdottir, Raul Valdez etc.
2013 she received the 3d prize in the competition “The best German dance solo” in frames of Euro-scene festival in Leipzig. Since 2010 she is developing her own projects (i.a. 2013 -“Hoomu Nite”, 2014 – “Accumulalalation”, 2015 – “360 degrees or today I’ve almost puked the endolymph out of my ear canals”, 2016 – “Traumlabor” a piece for 5 dancers for Theater Strahl Berlin) She is working as a choreographer for drama theatre productions. 2014-2016 Irina was the scholarship holder of Alfred Töpfer Stiftung. She is a certified vinyasa yoga instructor (RYS 200 Yoga Alliance).

Joshua Rutter is a New Zealand artist living in Berlin, Germany. Coming from a movement and dance background, his work tends to linger around the choreographic aspects of culture. He has worked with i.a. Min Tanaka, Tino Sehgal, Jerome Bel, Jochen Roller. He completed his Master’s studies in Solo Dance Authorship (SODA) at the Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz (HZT) Berlin. Joshua was a scholarship holder of DAAD. He has performed his own work in Germany, Sweden, and New Zealand.


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