We´re presenting the team of our latest production: ALLER ANFANG - dance theatre for the little ones

Starting with our choreographer:

Célestine Hennermann

Célestine Célestine2

1) What was particularly difficult for you to learn and what was easy?

During the school time nothing was hard for me. I liked integral calculus as well as Faust interpretations and French grammar.
But this does not help to find a career; too many competencies, too many interests, but what exactly does the heart want?
A law degree, German studies, teaching post for mathematics, clown school or theater studies?
The fact that it became the theater after all is due to a visit of the job center during the upper school. There I got to know the profession of dramaturge.
And I still continue to this day.
This is particularly difficult for me: making decisions, having patience, addressing people and convincing them of my plans.
But I can not learn that.

2) Is it a human being or rather a situation that makes things easier to learn for you?

I believe that the two interact together:
A situation, a condition facilitates learning, but this situation must be positively occupied:
I'm a volunteer, I've chosen it, I'm quite there, my mood is good.
A good teacher strengthened the learning and the positive effect.
Who doesn't like remember good teachers?

3) Why do you make plays for children / work in productions for children?

9 years ago I was pregnant the first time. Before then, I worked intensively on my career as a dance dramaturge nationwide.
The director of tanzhaus nrw asked me at this time if I want to make a dance production for infants as a future mother.
What began as an adventure is a journey which always leads me to new places, encounters and opportunities.
My view of dance art has radically changed. Through my own children and through the unpredictable reactions of my audience, I learn every day important it is to take these children as an audience serious and to challenge them.
It is a great gift, for which I am very grateful.

Photo: Daniel Blattmann


Ilana Reynolds - unsere Dramaturgin:

Ilana Ilana2

1) What was particularly difficult for you to learn and what was easy?

Honestly, I cannot remember something in particular that was really hard to learn. I had trouble distinguishing b's from d's. I do remember my mother was worried I had a learning disability when I was about six. My sixth grade teacher had expressed that I was a 'slow learner'. I am not sure what that meant but the comment and my mother's worry made me think I was not smart. Something that was easy for me to learn was different languages. My mother spoke to me in French since I was very young and I believe gave me an ability to learn other languages easier. With my travels I have learned Spanish and Portuguese and am now in the process of learning German.

2) Do you remember a moment of being proud of yourself because you have learned something new - what was it?

I have a very specific memory of when I learned how to ride a bike. I was also six years old and in the park with my mother. To help me not fall, she held the back of my bike seat. I started to pedal and I thought she was still behind me but she had let go and I was biking all by myself. I was very proud.

3) Why do you make plays for children / work in productions for children?

I work on pieces for children because I think performance is a key way to stimulate imagination and creativity in children. Especially at an age where they are learning a lot through imagination and creativity, I believe performance gives another ability to read, understand and develop abstract thinking, meaning and relations to people, things and places.

The picture I attached is a picture my friend's son drew. The drawing is of a secret.


Our musician:

Gregor Praml

Gregor

1) Do you remember a moment when you were really proud of something new - what was it?

As a musician, I am always busy learning something new. Therefore I know many moments in which I’m able to achieve something new on my instrument - especially on the contrabass – something new come off or suddenly ones completely new open up. Basically, every composition I write and when it is finished, is such a moment. Then I listen to myself and think sometimes: "You wrote that by yourself?" And I’m happy about the result!

2) Describe the last situation, in which you were asked something completely new in your usual environment!

Every time I work with new / unknown people, I am - despite my experience - demanded again. Like the collaboration with Josefine and Johanna of the guts company. We had to get to know each other at work. The great thing was that we could do it about doing. Together with the choreographer Célestine, we simply plunged into the work and learned during the process to understand the wishes and ideas of the others. The result can be seen in my opinion.

3) Why do you make plays for children / work in productions for children?

I have two children. My life has changed since the birth of my daughter 12 years ago. I have accepted a responsibility for a small person and this also affected my musical work. When my daughter was 4, I produced a first children's CD (Zuckerschnecksche, Prinzje & Co), which had great success - German children's songs in new arrangements by musicians and bands from Frankfurt. At the same time, I have been dealing more and more with the children's and youth theater and produce a lot in this artistic field now. The children are a strict audience, who, as a musician / composer, immediately gives feedback when they like something, but also when they are bored or not interested. I always try to take them serious and give them a music that is just as sophisticated as I would write them for an adult audience.

Photo: Claudia Kohl


"Sounds of Silence" were in charge of stage and costumes.
Here:

Petra Eichler

Petra SoS

1) Describe the last situation, in which you were asked something completely new in your usual environment!

When I was traveling alone with my nephew (8) and my niece (9) two years ago, I realized how quickly everything can be turned upside down and how quickly I missed good arguments.

2) What was particularly difficult for you to learn and what was easy?

Hard: To orientate myself in strange groups, to find my place. Easy: To take a clear position in creative / aesthetic themes.

3) Why do you make plays for children / work in productions for children?

Because it is exciting to change the perspective and children are at the same time "pleasant" unpredictable / authentic.


Susanne Kessler

Susanne SoS2

1) Is it a human being or rather a situation that makes things easier to learn for you?

You can learn from everything, people, situations, books, nature, the weather, animals, everything ... the only thing that matters is that the knowledge comes to you and not only in the head, also emotionally.

2) Do you remember a moment when you were particularly proud of what was new - what was it?

Unfortunately, I cannot remember the elementary moments from childhood, like the first time to run by myself, to be understood, to bind the shoes yourself too and so on. As an adult I can emotionally get the proud moment that I had on my last university exam behind me and my professor helped me in the coat after the conversation - I was very very proud and thought, now I have done it.

3) Why do you make plays for children / work in productions for children?

The work for children can be more intuitive as it is purely experienced and not intellectually questioned - at the same time, no audience is as direct as they are, who positively and negatively respond to what is offered to them.