Delightly the guts company received the announcement to be awarded this year´s Ursula-Cain-Advancement Award 2017, which includes prize money of 5.000,00€. For their production Das Eigene / HEIMAT, premiered April 21st 2016 at Societaetstheater Dresden, the company brought together various players of Dresden´s cultural scene and approached the subject of homelessness as well as belongingness by the means of dance and music. Deer antlers, Black Forest Cake, prefabricated buildings, leather pants, whole-grain bread. Typical German or just a lot of prejudice? Is the young generation of our country - globally linked, multicultural, cosmopolitan - still able to identify with traditions and customs of their homeland? Is the term “homeland” up for a new definition in our present times? The Dresden-based choreographer Johanna Roggan shifts through different layers and meanings of the concept of homeland and the loss of one's traditions. She dwells on German prejudice and in collaboration with the dancers Simone Detig, Anna Fingerhuth, Cindy Hammer, Jule Oeft and Romy Schwarzer and the choir Dresdner Gnadenchor these stereotypes will be thrown overboard. They come to the conclusion that the concept of homeland remains an utopia, a mere memory and longing for far-off places as their home is found somewhere in exile.

The Ursula-Cain-Advancement Award is awarded every two years and the guts company is gladdened that the innovation and artistic work of the company is honored and supported. To be nominated as award winner encourages the company´s intention to keep up working in Saxony and to enrich Saxony´s dance scene with new creations.

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Being awarded at the Saxon Dance Award Ceremony on the 28th of September 2017 at Semper Opera Dresden:

Photos: David Pinzer