Helena Waldmann: Good Passports Bad Passports. A border experience


We do not want to be limited by borders. We want to overcome boundaries and learn new things. But we want to explore these new things without being troubled by strangeness, by foreignness. Using the old theatrical tool of teichoscopy – someone tells us about what he sees beyond a wall and we have to believe him – the dance director Helena Waldmann once again confronts concepts of the familiar and the foreign, “us” and “the others”, from the same global perspective with which she has already interrogated our Eurocentric world view in works such as “Letters from Tentland” and “Made in Bangladesh”. In her new production, which will premiere in March 2017, Waldmann searches for the missing images from the other side, and explores the borders between “us” and “them” as well as our attempts to overcome them – internally or externally, from one side or the other.

“Helena Waldmann’s work is a godsend for the theatre.”
– Stuttgarter Nachrichten

With four contemporary dancers and three acrobats

Dance Direction, Stage and Concept: Helena Waldmann

Dates and prices

VVK: Kat. 1: 39,- / erm.: 31,- / U-18J.: 31,-
Kat. 2: 29,- / erm.: 23,- / U-18J.: 15,-
Kat. 3: 19,- / erm.: 15,- / U-18J.: 15,-
incl. Geb.


Dance Direction, Stage & Concept: Helena Waldmann
On Stage: Sara Enrich Betran, Enrico Paglialunga, Antonia Modersohn, Tjorm Palmer, Lysandre Coutu-Sauvé, Declan Whitaker, Carlos Zaspel and 20 local volunteers
Dramaturgy & Musical Concept: Tobias Staab
Music: Mika Vainio, Arne Deforce, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Richard Wagner
Costume: Judith Adam
Lighting Design: Herbert Cybulska
Rehearsal Director: Johanna Hwang
Technical Direction: Carsten Wank
Light Technician: Jörg Bittner
Sound Technician: Matthias Hirzel
Premiere: 4.3.17, Ludwigshafen
Duration: 60 minutes no interval
Photo: Andreas J. Etter

A production by Helena Waldmann and ecotopia dance productions

In coproduction with Theater im Pfalzbau Ludwigshafen (D), Hessisches Staatsballett im Rahmen von Tanzplattform Rhein-Main, ein Projekt des Hessischen Staatsballetts im Staatstheater Darmstadt und Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden und Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt (D), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg (L), Colours International Dance Festival Stuttgart (D), Kaserne Basel (CH), Kurtheater Baden (CH), Forum Freies Theater Düsseldorf (D), Tafelhalle Nürnberg (D)
Supported by the Committee for Dance and Theatre of the cantons Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft

Supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Departments of Culture and Arts of the German federal state



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