Josephine Superstar


In the 1920s, Josephine Baker was the first female superstar in pop culture in Europe. As a jungle animal, Charleston queen and sun queen, she created her own legend and played with clichés of ethnicity and gender. How do girls today relate to this form of self representation? How does a star arouse the enthusiasm of an audience? What happens before and after the big performance? With eight young women the phenomenon of superstar, yesterday and today, is illuminated and examined through dance. And it is remarkable: there is no serious difference in the production. “Smacking bottoms” and “wiggling hips” already seem to be registered in the young female bodies. So the young performers imitate the choreographic material of Josephine Baker from the 1920s, change it in small steps and create their own dance based upon it.


Concept and choreography: Gudrun Lange

Performance: Anna A. Acar, Christina Bohmann, Carina Borgards, Mona Commodore, Judith Mattelé, Victrice Moore, Inemarieke Raettig, Lara Sadlo

Music: Oliver Bedorf

Dramaturgy: Stefanie Fiedler

Artistic assistence: Judit Abegg


Produced by Forum Freies Theater Düsseldorf

Was realized with the help of: „Take-off Junger Tanz“, sponsored by Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf and Ministerpräsident des Landes NRW. „Take-off Junger Tanz” is a cooperation by cultural, educational and social institutions in Düsseldorf under the direction of tanzhaus nrw.


„But beyond involvement with the topic, there is the pure desire to dance and the girls convey this – eight different characters reveal different temperaments – and come together again and again for strong ensemble scenes, generously applauded by the well-disposed audience.”


Thomas Hag in Neue Rhein Zeitung, 14.01.2011