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Dance Austrian Premiere (Duration: 50 min) in English
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{Queer comic-book characters} {Antihero*ines} {Cyborgs}

In SHE LEGEND, choreographers Rykena/Jüngst embark on a search for the queer potentials of the comic-book universe, its superhero*ines and their choreographic translations onto the stage. Inspired by the powerful imagery of comic books and their abstract, bizarre forms of expression, Lisa Rykena and Carolin Jüngst transform into cyborg-like shape-shifters to turn into illustrations of their own pathos. Using their bodies, they draw grotesque comic-book characters, amateur antihero*ines and megalomaniacs. 

, © Daniel Dömölky

Carolin Jüngst & Lisa Rykena – She Legend

, © Daniel Dömölky

Carolin Jüngst & Lisa Rykena – She Legend

, © Daniel Dömölky

Carolin Jüngst & Lisa Rykena – She Legend

, © Daniel Dömölky

Carolin Jüngst & Lisa Rykena – She Legend

, © Daniel Dömölky

Carolin Jüngst & Lisa Rykena – She Legend

, © Jonas Fischer

Carolin Jüngst & Lisa Rykena – She Legend

, © Jonas Fischer

Carolin Jüngst & Lisa Rykena – She Legend

As Rykena/Jüngst stroll through imaginary landscapes of myths, legends, and apocalyptic sound effects, they re-imagine heroic tales, invent superpowers, and portray non-conformist characters in their fight against the dominant narratives of singular, stereotypical heroes.
INFO: The show on March 5th will be followed by an artist talk.
Rykena/Jüngst address queer-feminist, intersectional and ableism-critical body discourses, as well as the transformation of normative categorisations of bodies. Employing material from the classics, mythology, and popular culture, Carolin Jüngst and Lisa Ryka like to create characters that defy the stereotypes and clichés of heteronormative attributions. Their work has been regularly presented at Kampnagel, Hamburg, and HochX, Munich, and invited to various festivals. For example, among other invitations, SHE LEGEND will be part of Tanzplattform 2022 at HAU/Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin. 

Carolin Jüngst works as a choreographer and performer. She/they also practiced equestrian vaulting for ten years, studied dance/theatre studies and philosophy, attended a dance trainee programme at the Leipziger Tanztheater and completed her/their Master of Arts grade in performance studies in Hamburg.

Lisa Rykena works as a dancer and choreographer. She studied contemporary as well as classical dance at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts and has danced and performed in pieces by William Forsythe, Zufit Simon, Ursina Tossi, and Marina Abramović. Since 2018, she has regularly appeared as a dancer with the Company Christoph Winkler.


Artistic direction, choreography, performance Carolin Jüngst & Lisa Rykena Dramaturgy Helen Schröder Set design Lea Kissing Sound design Konstantin Bessonov Costume design Hanna Scherwinski Light design Ricarda Schnoor and Joanna Ossolinska Creative producing, PR Hamburg Stückliesel PR Munich Rat & Tat Kulturbüro (Martina Missel & Katharina Wolfrum) Touring, distribution Lead Productions Press photography Jonas Fischer Set photography Daniel Dömölky Video, editing Martin Prinoth & Hekate Film Collective Audio description Ursina Tossi

There is a booklet accompanying the piece, featuring drawings by Larissa Bertonasco, Jul Gordon & marialuisa (SPRING Magazine). Graphic design Beate Pietrek & Philipp Schultz / Raum für Illustration

A co-production by Kampnagel Hamburg and HochX Munich. With the kind support of the City of Hamburg’s Office for Culture and the Media, the City of Munich’s Cultural Department, Hamburgische Kulturstiftung, Fonds Darstellende Künste financed by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

Dates & Tickets

The show on March 5th will be followed by an artist talk.
Please read our Covid-19 regulations here

March 2022

Fri. 04.03.2022, 20:00
18 € / 14 € / 9 €

Sat. 05.03.2022, 20:00
18 € / 14 € / 9 € *followed by an artist talk

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imagetanz 2022 Programmfolder (PDF)
Rykena/Jüngst SHE LEGEND Comic (PDF)
Abendprogramm Rykena/Jüngst (PDF)


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FROM MARCH 6th: In SHE LEGEND, the choreographer duo Rykena/Jüngst embarks on a search for the queer potential of the comic world, its superheroes and their choreographic translations onto the stage. A recording of the piece in the 2019/20 version can be viewed here until March 26 (also with an English audio description).
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