Ich bin O.K.

The Ich bin O.K. Dance Company was founded in 2010 by artistic directors Hana Zanin Pauknerová and Attila Zanin. It was established in order to promote dancers with disabilities, who already perform and dance on an advanced level.

 Together with professional artists, the Dance Company rehearses sophisticated techniques and full-length choreographies, which have already gained positive response in Austria and abroad. They performed on several occasions in Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Albania, Great Britain and Russia.
Combining contemporary dance and hip hop dance, the Company has invented an innovative form of inclusive dance-theatre, where young artists with and without disabilities perform on equal terms. Collaborations with well-known international choreographers, dramatic advisors and other artists without disabilities always provide them with fresh impetus.

Their productions are always kind of critical, but never judicial as they aim to present their inner process of dealing with certain social issues. Their focus is on topics that concern the dancers with Down Syndrome as well as the general public, like equal treatment, acceptance or love.

  • Laurent Ziegler

    "Not a Piece of Love" (2016)

  • Laurent Ziegler

    "Not a Piece of Love" (2016)

  • Laurent Ziegler

    "Not a Piece of Love" (2016)

  • Richard & Maria Kirchner

    "Separated-Together" (2014)

  • Richard & Maria Kirchner

    "Separated-Together" (2014)

  • Richard & Maria Kirchner

    "Separated-Together" (2014)

  • Richard & Maria Kirchner

    "Separated-Together" (2014)

Contact details

Attila Zanin
Artistic Director

Goethegasse 1
1010 Vienna
Austria
Phone: +43 1 / 512 43 06
Mail: info@ichbinok.at

Artistic Director(s)

Attila Zanin, Hana Zanin Pauknerová

Online

Email: info@ichbinok.at
Web: http://www.ichbinok.at/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ichbin.ok/

Filmed performance of Ich Bin O.K.'s Not a Piece of Love.

Eleven disabled and non-disabled dancers go in search of an alternative approach to the refugee question and of how to maintain the lightness of one’s own existence in spite of it.

Productions

Not a Piece of Love

Duration: 60
Number of people on road: 11
Freight: Freight necessary

Freight details:

dance floor in the size of 10mx10m (PVC floor coating covered with news papers)
one extra suitecase for costumes

Description

Images of flight on a daily basis, followed by sour notes of fear of those who are on the run. "…and when will we finally concern ourselves with love again?", the Ich bin O.K. Dance Company asks in the latest piece „Not a Piece of Love“ („Kein Stück Liebe“). Eleven disabled and non-disabled dancers go in search of an alternative approach to the refugee question and of how to maintain the lightness of one’s own existence in spite of it. Contemporary dance and hip hop, empathy and joie de vivre, humor and hope are central components of this choreography about love, humaneness and reconciliation.

Extra information

Director: Verena Kiegerl

Choeographers: Hana Zanin Pauknerová & Attila Zanin

Dancers: Mike Brozek, Simon Couvreur, Lina Hufnagl, Raphael Kadrnoska, Moritz Lembert, Clara Horvath, Maria Naber, Andrea Novacescu, Felix Röper, Alex Stuchlik, Sophie Waldstein

Musical Concept: Stefan Voglsinger

Separated-Together

Duration: 90
Number of people on road: 10-12
Freight: Freight necessary

Freight details:

Three wooden-framed canvases 2mx2m

If not available on site:
1 table with the measurements minimum 1m x 1m, maximum 2m x 2m
5 chairs with a backrest
1 empty Bottle of Whiskey and two glasses
1 dance floor (PVC floor coating) of the colour white

Description

As long our humanity binds us, it doesn't matter, what seperates us. (Ernst Ferstl)
In our global word we are constantly confronted with conflicts between people with different nationalities, cultures or languages. Within its production 'Getrennt - Vereint' the Ich bin O.K. Dance Company concentrates on two groups/subcultures normally separated from each other and chooses a different type of presentation. Using contemporary dance as well as hip hop dance, the Dance Company interprets and stages everyday life stories of both, disabled and non-disabled dancers.

Extra information

Choeographers: Hana Zanin Pauknerová & Attila Zanin

Dancers:
Irene Bauer, Mike Brozek, Simon Couvreur, Martin Dvorak, Kirin Espana, Raphael Kadrnoska, Claire Hecher, Clara Horvath, Niklas Kern, Michaeka Kortus, Jasmina Lang, Severin Neira, Johanna Ortmayr, Felix Röper, Alexander Stuchlik, Sophie Waldstein

Wrap-around work

In addition to dance-theatre performances that differ in length (3 to 90 minutes) and number of participating artists (2 to 14 people), the Ich bin O.K. Dance Company often does post-performance discussions to give the audience the possibility to ask questions and express thoughts and feelings that aroused during the performance.
The company also offers workshops, that are co-led by dancers with and without Down Syndrome. Often the Dance Company performes together with workshop-participants later on, on stage to show the outcome of their work to the public. The performances are suitable for people from the age of around 12. The company often works with younger people, like school classes, but their topics are relevant to people at any age. 

 

Press Comments & Testimonials

"It’s a wonderful thing to transform fear into positive energy. The artists synergies and their honest way of performing are impressive. I’d like to congratulate the company from the bottom of my heart. There is sense in living, there is sense in loving."
Ulrike Königsberger Ludwig, Member of Parliament and spokeswoman for disabled people in Austria’s social party 

"'Not a piece of love' definitely is a milestone in the work of ‚Ich bin O.K.‘ that ensures them a permanent place in Austria’s cultural scene. It’s touching, it’s heavy. Great staging, great choreography, great individual performances, great team work."
Dr. Germain Weber, dean at the faculty for psychology and president of the NGO “Lebenshilfe”

"That’s how inclusion should be done! There’s room for everyone’s individuality, room for creative development and different ways of expression – all this results in a harmonious togetherness."
Univ.-Prof. Nikolaus Selimov, MuK Vienna‘s private university