In this work, the choreographers I-Fen Lin, Lucerne (CH) and Ming Poon, Berlin (D) create a performance where the power of the collective body is put to the test in a dance performance setting. They create a space where the audience’s participation, or the lack thereof, has direct consequences. In this performance, the audience become collaborators, who can directly influence the development of the dance choreography that happens on stage.

As soon as we step into the theatre, we become a temporary collective. A theatre experience always requires all parties concerned to make it happen. Performers, audience, technical and organisational crew are all responsible for creating it.

In WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, we explore how a dance performance can evolve and develop with the help of the audience’s participation. It is an research into the effects of individual action in a group situation. What can dance reveal about how we move and collaborate as a collective group? How can performance be transformed into a social exercise, in which the performers and audience practise the sharing of power and responsibility? These are the questions that form the basis of “We are all in this together”.

In this work, we invite the audience to build up a dance performance they want to see that night. The audience become the stakeholders and collaborators who have influence on the dance and actions that happen on stage. They share the responsibility for the direction in which the dance performance evolves. Depending on the number of audience joining and on the choices and actions the audience make, the development and the outcome of the dance performance is different each time.

Radiointerview on Radio 3fach

choreography & performance I-Fen Lin and Ming Poon
dramaturgical advice Elena Dragonetti and Johanna-Yasirra Kluhs
sounddesign Karin Lustenberger
stage, lights, technical director Karl Egli
voice Sam Hillmer
production management Sam Mosimann
graphicdesign Nicole Brugger
production one and many – dpa
coproduction Südpol Luzern

steptext dance project, Bremen (D), Tanzhaus Zürich (CH), Scenario Pubblico / Compagnia, Zappalà Danza – Centro Nazionale di Produzione della Danza, Catania (I)

kindly supported by
Werkbeiträge Kanton Luzern, FUKA-FONDS, Kulturförderung der Stadt Luzern, rkk – Regionalkonferenz Kultur Region Luzern, Albert Koechlin Stiftung, Gemeinnützige Gesellschaft Luzern