Compagnie Danse Automatique

The company

The idea for this company and its name came by the inspiration of a very close friend, Marcel Settner. The company is not a group with fixed members, but members are chosen from project to project, because some topics need different performers than other pieces.
Most members are professional dancers or actors, but in some cases also Semi-Professionals or even laymen take part.
The projects could be traditional stage pieces but also public events.
They all have in common the way of working, the idea of “danse automatique”.

Cast (Selection)

Reigen: Uwe Aust, Wolfgang Gockel, Isabell Heinser, Dörthe Müller-Schultz, Harald Schulte, Kathrin Stelzer

White light: Fa-Hsuan, Pavlina Cerna, Athina Ku, Alexeider Abad, Harald Schulte, Roberto Zuniga

Tosterasta: Leandro Kees, Isabell Heinser, Florentine Schara, Harald Schulte, Eileen Bohorguez

Itai Itai: Wolfgang Gockel, Britta Quittschalle, Verena Brackonier, Harald Schulte, Gabi Bölke

Smara: Isabell Heinser, Marie-Christine Kesting, Manuel Zauner, Harald Schulte, Fritz Sdun, Kama Frankl, Mila-Christine Langbehn, Judith Pawlitta, Jan Börker, Katja Engbrecht

Sinking: Dörthe Müller-Schultz, Harald Schulte
Sinking 1: Isabell Heinser, Harald Schulte
Sinking 2: Leandro Kees, Harald Schulte, Isabell Heinser

Haut und Häutung: Laura Brückner, Susanne Moers, Daphne Stahl, Harald Schulte, Annika Weitershagen

The idea

The term « danse automatique » refers to « ecriture automatique » of the early Surrealists, which meant a process of writing, totally guided by unconscious processes instead of construction or composition.
In contrast to the idea of “ecriture automatique”, which claims, that the whole process should not be guided or influenced by any conscious elements, “danse automatique” refers more to an associative process, in which a conscious idea or task is the beginning of an unconscious work. Though it is a psychoanalytic term, “danse automatique” is clearly a way of looking for specific movement and not a therapeutic action! I am definitely not interested in the effect of this method on the dancer or on the audience, but only in the movement, which is evoked on this way.
“Danse automatique” means interactive examination or analysis of danse and a topic – not analysis of a topic by means of dancing or vice versa. Dance should not be narrative or illustration of a topic, nor should a topic by the vehicle for dancing movements. Topic and danse are seen as a whole during the working process. The result doesn’t need to be understandable in an intellectual or technical way. Here we can find similarities to Butoh.
This procedure allows working on a wide range of topic, starting by profane events up to profound themes.