Florentina Holzinger has been impressing international audiences for the last few years with her explosive, physical performances. You’ve seen her causing quite a sensation in Kein Applaus für Scheisse and CAMPO productions Spirit & Wellness, which she created with Vincent Riebeek . Her newest performance Recovery revolves around struggle as a process of healing and the stage as an arena, in which questions of coping with trauma, a fresh start and female support are raised.

It all started with Florentina’s accident during a performance of Spirit in Norway, when she crashed three meters to the ground. The work Recovery, inspired by this experience and the title of American rapper Eminem’s seventh studio album, is the product of a lengthy recovery period. Florentina aims at transforming herself into a warrior on both a spiritual and a physical level. Now, evening by evening, she enters the ring to defy the art world, fear and trauma. She prepares for every show as if it was a fight. Thus, each instalment of Recovery is characterized by physical healing and starting fresh, by the recovery of what seemed lost and by the recovery of artistic data. The performance emerges from the conviction that the only art worth being made is art that can heal.

Florentina Holzinger is inspired by George Balanchine’s legendary ballet Agon, created in 1957. The work’s title means ‘competition’ and is considered a highlight of Balanchine’s examination of Igor Stravinsky’s music. Florentina created her own Agon which was shown at festival ImPulsTanz 2014 and Recovery is based on that piece.