Express Fight Club
A Reflection of Authority

Express Fight Club

This participatory performance reflects on orders, authority and demagogy – and theater directing as well as choreography. “EFC” has been touring to more than 12 cities around the world, and been created in various languages and versions.

“EFC” is a performance in which all 30 members of the audience are made the performers of the piece. This comes as a surprise to the audience as this is not announced. Technically, the piece is an automatized installation. Only the live audience turns it into a live-performance. The audience is addressed and instructed in a very clear way via both video and surround sound. Some audience members receive wireless headphones that address them with further instructions. At the beginning of the performance, right before entering the performance space, all audience members have received individual numbers on cards. When led into the performance space, they find themselves in a space without a marked stage or audience area. The space is only lit by three synchronized video projections – on two walls and on the floor. One wall presents the gigantic image of an instructor. The floor is a grid. The second wall shows a live-image of the floor, shot from vertically above the floor projection. In numeric order all individuals of the audience are addressed by their number and instructed for individual tasks at first and group-tasks later.

Premiere and Touring

Hosted by FACYL Salamanca, Varna Summer, NCTU Taiwan, Dock 11 Berlin, International Dance Festival Weimar, Platforma Klaipeda, The Arts Printing House Vilnius, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf, Tanznacht Berlin and more…

Press Quotes

“The evening corrupts you with its formal rigor”
(Jan Brachmann in Berliner Zeitung, November 10th, 2008)

“Technically perfect and original”
(Christian Bos in Kölner Stadtanzeiger, May 27th, 2010)


Artistic direction: Hiroko Tanahashi, Max Schumacher
Media art: Yoann Trellu, Hiroko Tanahashi
Sound art:  Sibin Vassilev
Video-actor: Alexander Schröder (Samuel Fintzi in the Bulgarian version)
Production management: Mario Stumpfe

Funded by Hauptstadt Kulturfonds (Federal Republic of Germany), National Museum of Singapore.