Hermann Heisig (D)

happy sisyphos (8+)

explore Dance / Potsdam

happy sisyphos is a contemporary, playful choreography for young audiences, inspired by the ancient Greek myth of the Sisyphos story. At the center of the piece is the idea of a Sisyphus task as a winged word for a fruitless work, which starts over and over again from the beginning without any foreseeable end.

In happy sisyphos, the audience follows a group of three performers of different ages who devote themselves to endless, repetitive physical activities. The material of their work is both objects and their own bodies, they carry, pass on, build up and down, form circles and chains.
A collective body emerges, which however breaks up and reassembles itself again and again. Work-songs and the music of a percussionist rhythmize and facilitate the Sisyphos work. Dances of futility and repetition emerge, possibly turning into joy.


A production of explore dance – Network dance for young audience, a co-operative project of fabrik moves Potsdam, Fokus Tanz / Tanz und Schule e.V. München and K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg. Funded by TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund with the support of the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the Municipal Department of Arts and Culture Munich and the BLZT, financed by the Bavarian Ministry for Arts and Education, as well as the city of Potsdam and the ministry for science, research and culture of the federal state of Brandenburg.