the days my friend
tread on gold
the target in the corner of the eye
just past the pink balloon
actually just: Bang!
the cowboys are loose
shoot beyond your shadow
there remains no more than a shoulder shrug
beyond the distant borders
outmaneuver your self
you insolent hero
This go plastic production deals with western genre, its heroes, its myths and its limits. A trip to the wild and golden expanses and its dusty plains, where the duels of the male facets take place.
Who will be the first?
„I don’t like spray cream, but cowboys shaving with it is absolutely worth watching.“
“Go West, Young Man” was a well-known political slogan in the mid-19th century, for the conquest of the western territories of the North American continent. An entire film genre – the Western – is dedicated precisely to those men who followed this call and shaped the idea of a gender role that persists, as it were, today as an advertising icon: the Marlboro Man.
From this story and the cowboy films, movement sequences were created for a dance piece for 4 + 1 men, a multifaceted contribution by go plastic to current debates about masculinity.
The piece resembles a trip into the wild, golden expanses of the western genre and its dusty plains where duels for masculinity take place. Who will be first? This naturalistic concept of masculinity may well resurface in the current changes in gender roles and the world of work. Men who cling to traditional role models of male dominance “are most likely to fall back on naturalistic concepts of masculinity in their search for compensation for a fragile male role.” (Böhnisch, Lothar: Male Socialization, 2013, p. 21)
The team around go plastic fillets stereotypes charmingly and humorously to question the masculine without exposing it. The “Song of Death” resounds and cowboys sway repeatedly in the tango. A choreography of cowboys has been created that does not miss typical go plastic movements. Casually the cowboy defies boredom and remains tense. Prepared for the sudden fight, the choreographed brawl in the saloon or a dance in the hail of bullets.
Denise Ackermann (Curator / Lecturer Art & Society), Summer 2021
World premiere & further shows:
HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden • Dezember 2015
Touring / Excerpts:
work in progress „Right Behind You“ // Tanzwoche Dresden • Societaetstheater Dresden • April 2015
Montagscafe Kleines Haus Dresden (Staatsschauspiel Dresden) • Dezember 2015
LOFFT das Theater Leipzig • April 2017
HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden • in a row festival • September 2017
Motorenhalle – Projektzentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst Dresden • November 2017
Research “Right behind you” // Schubert/Hammer/Novopavlovski