Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company

2023/24 Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company Tanz Kulturpass

With WELCOME the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company presents two new works by the young guest choreographers Kristin Ryg Helgebostad and Sergiu Matis.

For “Wesenwelt”, choreographer Kristin Ryg Helgebostad and composer and glockenspiel player Laura Marie Rueslåtten transform the ensemble into a collective musical instrument. All the dancers have at least one bell in their hands – each with a different pitch. Every movement leads to a sound and every sound requires a movement.

“Warpscapes” by Romanian choreographer Sergiu Matis deals with the human view of nature. Landscapes are created on stage, which the dancers inhabit as non-human creatures. Dance thus creates an approach to nature that does not have to hide its own artificiality.

Wesenwelt: ca. 30 min
Intermission: 20 min
Warpscapes: ca. 40 min

Premiere Party 17.05.
Following the performance, the DFDC invites you to join in on the premiere party. Free entry. 

Audience Discussion 18.05.
Find out more about the background to the production and the artists involved. The talk will be held in English.

Closing  26.05.
On the last day of the performance, the DFDC invites the audience to end the evening with them at the bar. Get to know the ensemble in an intimate atmosphere. 

The Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company is a contemporary dance ensemble under the artistic direction of Ioannis Mandafounis. It develops, presents and communicates dance with the desire to bring people together, inspire and excite them about dance. The Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company combines contemporary thinking and dance tradition by experimenting and rethinking and developing traditional notions of choreography. Ioannis Mandafounis’ understanding of dance is unmistakable: the application of the methodology he has developed brings to the stage a dance and choreographic result that is improvised but appears as if planned. This empowers the artists and creates a collaborative process between the dancers and the audience.


Kristin Ryg Helgebostad is a dancer and choreographer who combines a wide range of performative and chorographic strategies in her practice. She studied contemporary dance and choreography at the National Academy of the Arts in Oslo, Norway, and now works with a range of partners. Her pieces have been performed at various festivals and have toured Europe. She created “Soil Girl” and “Spoiler” together with the trio Berstad/Helgebostad/Wigdel. Laura Marie Rueslåtten is one of Norway’s few professional carillon players. Together the two artists founded the handbell ensemble Ula Metall and created the pieces “Me Too/Thee Too” and “Cheers”.

Sergiu Matis is a Romanian choreographer living in Berlin since 2008. He created dance performances such as “Neverendings” (2017), “Hopeless.” (2019), “Extinction Room” (2019), “Unrest” (2021), “Drang” (2022) and “Blazing Worlds” (2023). His work has been presented at festivals throughout Europe. His dance practice can be understood as a tireless search in physical and digitalized archives. His performances provoke intense experiences that break with expectations, point to a new understanding of dance and reflect the complexity of our time.

Concept & Choreography: Kristin Ryg Helgebostad
Dance: Tänzer:innen der Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company
Dramaturgy: Philipp Scholtysik
Costumes: Kristin Ryg Helgebostad
Composition: Laura-Marie Rueslåtten (Glocken) Simen Dieserud Thornquist (Lied)

Choreography: Sergiu Matis
Dance: Tänzer:innen der Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company
Composition: Antye Greie-Ripatti
Voice: Ashley Alexandra Wright
Dramaturgy: Philipp Scholtysik, Mila Pavićević
Costume: Dorothee Merg Yan Leiva
Video edit: Calvin Lanz