Performance Dates: 
18. September 2015, 20.15h, Dampfzentrale Bern
25.-27. February 2016, 20.00h, Kaserne Basel
12./13. April 2017, 20.00h, Theater Freiburg


In Switzerland, he teaches aspiring talents from the region of Bern, but also from Europe, the Middle East and South America. Through chance, Marcel Schwald and choreographer Chris Leuenberger heard about this practically unknown chapter of Swiss Dance History. They took up contact with four former dance students of Kreutzberg. One of them – 85-year old Hilde Niederer – even consented to dance once more on stage. KREUTZBERG unifies two generations of artists on stage. The context of Kreutzberg’s life and his influence on students is reconstructed with elements of dance and documentary theatre. Adored for his dancing techniques, yet critizised for his performances during the Second World War, an array of critical questions accompanies the dancers on stage.

Besetzung / Produktion

Set, video, sound & light design: Patrick Becker mit Melchior B. Tacet und Max Hampel
Costume design: Salome Egger, Senta Amacker
Dance: Hilde Niederer, Jenny Beyer, Chris Leuenberger
in cooperation with Anita Bürki, Helga Gomolka, Liselotte Haas
Speaker: Susanne Abelein, Katharina Bohny, Benjamin Mathis, Patricia Nocon, Julia Schmidt
Research assistant: Marcel Behn
Graphics: Corina Künzli
Production: Sabine Jud

A production by Chris Leuenberger Produktionen in cooperation with Dampfzentrale Bern. 

Residencies at Tanzhaus Zürich and DeVIR CAPa Centro de Artes Performatives do Algarve. 

Kindly supported by Bundesamt für Kultur, Kultur Stadt Bern, SWISSLOS/Kultur Kanton Bern, Burgergemeinde Bern, Migros-Kulturprozent, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung, Bürgi-Willert-Stiftung, Sophie und Karl Binding Stiftung. Thanks to Dampfzentrale Bern, Tanzhaus Zürich, Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln, Schweizer Tanzarchiv, Schweizerische Theatersammlung, WIM Bern, Wilfried van Poppel, Marianne Mühlemann