Cooperativa Maura Morales

Prelude of the Cold

dance performance Music & Sound Dance

Our culture is obsessed with controlling women’s bodies. Our societies are saturated with images of unreal, idealised female beauty. Laurie Penny

The newest production by Cooperativa Maura Morales, a foreplay about the cooling of the female body, is called Präludium der Kälte or Prelude of the Cold. Power inscribes itself into every stirring, every gesture, leaving its cold trace: It controls and monitors, punishes and disciplines, adjusts and drills. It simultaneously seduces, entices, fascinates, drives – its game unfolds, creeping into every last fibre. Yet the body, especially in dance, is also a utopian zero position: From it, every fantasy of a relieved elsewhere ignites. From seeming hopelessness, a foreplay with a hopeful ending emerges.

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Choreography, direction: Maura Morales. Set design: Belén Montoliú, Gunter Rubin, Maura Morales. Composition, live music: Michio Woirgardt. Lighting design: Grace Morales Suso. Dramaturgy: René Linke. Costumes: Marion Stehlow, Dancers: Simone Elliot, Lotta Sandborgh, Alice de Maio, Ksenia Kaplun, Jay Park, Manuel Paolini, Matilde Tommasini.


A production by Cooperativa Maura Morales in coproduction with Forum Free Theater-FFT / Düsseldorf, Ringlokschuppen Ruhr, Pumpenhaus Münster.

Funded by the Performing Arts Fund, by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, as well as by the cultural office of the state capital Düsseldorf

This project was part of the residency program of schloss bröllin e.V., funded by the Ministry for Education, Science and Culture of the State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and the District of Western Pomerania-Greifswald.