Florentina Holzinger

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Biography

Florentina Holzinger, born 1986 in Vienna, is a choreographer, director and performance artist. She studied choreography at the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam. Her diploma project, the solo performance Silk was awarded the Prix Jardin d‘Europe at ImpulsTanz Festival 2012. All her work deliberately play with the moving boudaries between high culture and entertainment and merge dance with elements of acrobatics, martial arts, stunts, splatter and sideshow. Together with with Vincent Riebeek Holzinger developed a trilogy of pieces that toured internationally: Kein Applaus für Scheiße, Spirit and Wellness. In 2015, they presented the follow-up Schönheitsabend - Tänze des Lasters, des Grauens und der Extase, their last collaboration for the time being. In autumn 2015, Holzinger’s second solo work Recovery, an experimental reflection of her recovery from a traumatic stage accident, had its premiere. The piece examines different forms of female representation and explores the full potential of female physicality. It was continued in a series of workshops on martial arts. Since 2017, Florentina Holzinger presented her works Apollon and TANZ. Eine sylphidische Träumerei in Stunts. The latter was invited to Theatertreffen 2020, got awarded “Production of the Year“ by Theater heute magazine, and won the NESTROY prize for best direction. In her work Étude for an Emergency at Münchner Kammerspiele in spring 2020, Florentina Holzinger and an ensemble of stuntwomen, opera singers and actors focused once more on the spectacle and disciplining of the female body. The next year, A Divine Comedy followed at the Ruhrtriennale and in 2022, her latest hit performance Ophelia’s Got Talent premiered at the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. It was named “Production of the Year” by Theater heute and “Best Production” by TANZ magazine, got invited to Theatertreffen 2023 and was awarded two NESTROY prizes and the FAUST award for best dance performance.

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