Studio 1 – 10€ / 15€
Freitag, 11.09.2020 (18:00 Uhr)

BABAE means “woman” in Tagalog (Philippine language) and is a 30min Solo work inspired by the “masterpiece of strangeness”, Mary Wigman’s Witch Dance. Raised and classically trained in Germany, Joy examines inherited vocabularies, reconfiguring what it means to summon the power and mystical practices of woman as a witch. Evolving the movement material of Mary Wigman into her own witch character, she combines her roots in Philippine folk dance, classical/contemporary training and vocabulary of hip hop and voguing.

During her performance, Joy lets the audience witness an ancient and intimate ritual, that procedure seems to be only known to her. In her, piece Joy exposes herself to states of transformation and trance at the one hand, while she radiates strength in her femininity at the other. Her journey is a celebration of life, spiritual awareness and wisdom. In her witch character, Joy embodies women´s historical sacrifices next to pure freedom.BABAE is a one-woman interplay between the animalistic and sensual qualities of ritual and power.


Joy Alpuerto Ritter was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. In her youth (known as Christine) she was trained at the Ballettschule Armin Krain and learned Philippine Folk Dance in the cultural dance group led by her mother. In 2004 Joy graduated at the Palucca School in Dresden, Germany with a dance diploma. She started working as a freelance dancer with choreographers like Christoph Winkler, Heike Hennig Wangramirez and Yui Kawaguchi. After expanding her repertory she became part of the Hip Hop and Voguing Ballroom culture scenes in Europe. In 2011 she joined Cirque du Soleil as a dancer and aerial artist for the Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour. Since 2013 she has been a dancer and rehearsal director of the Akram Khan Dance Company where she continues her touring life all around the world. In 2016 she has been nominated as “outstanding female dancer” (modern) in the Performance “Until the Lions” by the National Dance Awards UK.

With her own solo work „Babae“, she has found an international response as a Choreographer and is one of the Aerowaves artists 2020. Since then Joy has been creating her own work and has been collaborating as an associate choreographer with Akram Khan, Chen Shi-Zheng, Riz Ahmed, Viviana Durante, Florence and the machine and has been supporting other academic institutions in Austria, Germany, Italy and Beijing.