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In uns bewegt 

„What moves you? Dancing must have a reason other than mere technique and routine.”             – Pina Bausch

Der Körper und die Kirche...

“In uns bewegt” opens a dialogue between art and Christianity, between body and faith, between man and man. How much importance does our body have? What role does the body play in Christianity, in our society? What touches people in their innermost being?

The project “In uns bewegt” is an interdisciplinary dance project that seeks to ask questions and find answers through dance about the role of the body within the Christian faith. We search for what touches people in their innermost being.

It is produced by the dance theater collective Quizzical Körper in cooperation with Anne Hilpert and three other dancers. Choreographed by Rebecca Mary Narum, this process is accompanied by the theological expertise of Anne Hilpert, who wrote her dissertation on the performativity of dance and religion, and the musical composition of Fiona Combosch.


"In uns bewegt"premiered November 20 & 21, 2021 in the Kirche Heilige Familie.

“In uns bewegt” is a dance festivity to be celebrated inside of the church. Five dancers, one choreographer, a composer & a theologian, with different spiritual paths and artistic curiosity, present a dance performance that dialogues with the architecture, the sounds & smells of the church as another body taking part of this ceremony. The organ music and a two voices accompany us in this circular journey.­ 

We honour what we are today, here and now and what we mean to each other. Both the dancers and the church carry personal stories, testimonies and rituals that inform this particular celebration. With simplicity, vulnerability and joy, we invite the viewers to be part of this fest. Our dance language accompanied by a original music composition is a stylistic device that we offer, in order to create a continuous flow that distorts the time and carries not only us as performers but also the audience into another mental space, just as religious rituals do.

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This performance is a tribute to a personal and diverse understanding of faith. It opens doors, windows and corridors to what moves us inside, at the current times. With this question, we start our dance and the poetry emerges. The architectural beauty of the church and the artwork that has been created in relation to it such as paintings, music and theatre pieces are the seeds from which our movements grow. Our intime conversation an act of contemplation that allow us to express what the church and faith mean to us as dancers, and what does the dance means to the church. We invite the audience to reflect and be part of this dialogue.

"In uns bewegt” is a physical prayer, with no credos, the one that we all know in our hearts and does not need to be learned. An experience to share the silence, where a diverse range of expressions are included: subtle as well energetic movement, a strong sound of the organ or a single voice in song.   

On this journey, we invite the viewers to open their senses and to observe the new life that it is created through the dance; a unique and surprising universe of which they are also part, embraced by the church’s space.

Produced by Dance Theater Collective Quizzical Körper

Choreography: Rebecca Mary Narum
Music Composition: Fiona Combosch
dancers and Co-creators: Andrea Lagos, Irene Carreño, Dagmar Ottmann, Kai Brügge, Vera Stierli
Musicians: David Walter (Organ), Charlotte Kersting & Julia Kurig (Singers)
Theologic Accompaniment: ANNE HILPERT
Costume Design: Bianka Heck & Stefanie Wyen
Project leaders: Rebecca Mary Narum & Dr. Anne Hilpert

Photos: Jürgen Gocke | Graphic design: Daniel Armbrüster

Project Support

This project is made possible with the financial support of theErzbischof-Herman-Stiftung, the LBBW Stiftung und the Institution Kunst, Kultur und Kirche Freiburg as well as with the support of the Faculty of Theology at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität and the Katholischen Akademie Freiburg.

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