„GAIA“ – a choreography for double solo and female choir, was created as the very first dance theatre production for WUK – Werkstätten und Kulturhaus in Vienna, an occupied building complex, which eventually developped into a prominant Center for Arts, Culture & NGO initiatives. Theme and content was particularly chosen as a logo and contribution to the overall roof at WUK. Exemplary rehearsal schemes and comunity gatherings enhanced the plot thus creating a lasting framework for independent theatre making…


 I will sing of well-founded Earth, mother of all, eldest of all beings. She feeds all creatures that are in the world, all that go upon the goodly land, and all that are in the paths of the seas, and all that fly: all these are fed of her store.  Through you, O queen, men are blessed in their children and blessed in their harvests, and to you it belongs to give means of life to mortal men and to take it away. Happy is the man whom you delight to honor! He has all things abundantly: his fruitful land is laden with corn, his pastures are covered  with cattle, and his house is filled with good things. Such men rule orderly in their cities of fair women: great riches and wealth follow them: their sons exult with ever-fresh delight, and their daughters in flower-laden bands [15] play and skip merrily over the soft flowers of the field. Thus is it with those whom you honor O holy goddess, bountiful spirit.                                                           (Homer)

„GAIA“, an homage to mother earth, womanhood and sustainable poetry, celebrates the birth of a male alter ego, thus provoking the dependency and vulnerability of the particular evolutionary momentum. The dominance of a female choir (13 protagonists) is juxtaposed by double solo (dancer/rope artist). The  atmosphere of a uniquely raw, open space — devided by three columns thus defining a distinct geometry – creates an overwhelmingly poetic imagery to a curious audiance which discovers a new theatre environment…

Concept/Choreography: Sebastian Prantl

Female Choir: Leila Abdullah, Silvia Both, Susanne Fuchs, Dominique Hellinckx, Isabella Matt, Katharina Palden, Magdalena Pirker, Clarissa Praun, Beatrix Ruf, Andrea Scholz, Alexandra Sommerfeld, Hildegard Staiger, Sybille Starkbaum

Double Solo: Sebastian Prantl, Peter Sommerfeld (rope artist)

Light: Motiva Studio

PR: Emma Wolf-Prerez (Motion Pictures)

Premiered at WUK, April 1987