INTIMACY - a dance theater


Premiere on September 29, 2022 at Theaterhaus Stuttgart, T3

Dance theater by Juliette Villemin & team in cooperation with TARTproduktion


When everything is public, what is still private? More and more often, we are witnessing private, perhaps even intimate communications in public, often involuntarily. On social platforms, we hear and hear what we could have done without as information and are - perhaps - unpleasantly touched. Or is it precisely this insight into the private sphere that triggers us? And hasn't the sale of private, even intimate, long since become social normality? Juliette Villemin & Team's dance theater explores questions like these for dance and its movement vocabulary. Doesn't the movement that leads and shows the dancer in his/her exposed physicality always already open up a private, perhaps intimate space in public?

Five performers, representing five generations, go in search of traces and, guided by the groove of a drum kit, gently and powerfully, sound out the relationship between the public and the private from movement.

Bernhard M. Eusterschulte

© Daniela Wolf

director, choreography: Juliette Villemin

Dramaturgy & stage design: Bernhard M. Eusterschulte

Dance: Anika Bendel, Arika-Lilach Boris, Francisco Ladrón de Guevara, Margarethe Wäckerle

Percussion & Performance: Hans Fickelscher

Stage construction: Heinrich Hesse and Guy Votteler

Lighting design & technical direction: Joachim Fleischer

Financial management: Anika Bendel

Production Management: Natalie Knappik

Photo documentation & graphics: Daniela Wolf

© Daniela Wolf

An interactive dance research on INTIMACY took place between July and September 2022. A research laboratory was set up by inviting artists and professionals from outside the field and interested parties across genres, disciplines and generations. It offered space for the exchange of experiences, put different aspects of social media behavior up for discussion, and performatively tested dance practice. The lab focused on the question of motivations and effects of self-presentation behavior for public space and social cohesion. The results of the work were presented on September 17, 2022 in the rehearsal room of the Kulturamt Stuttgart.

Press commentary:

"What becomes clear is: True intimacy needs trust, demands risk. A captivating evening that makes you think and is fun." (Petra Mostbacher-Dix in the Stuttgarter Zeitung issue October 1-2, 2022)

"The concern of the choreographic production of this dance theater by Juliette Villemin, with the dramaturge and stage designer Bernhard M. Eusterschulte, not least thanks to the so authentic company with Anika Bendel, Arika-Lilach Boris, Francisco Ladrón de Guevara, Margarethe Weckerle and the performing percussionist Hans Fickelscher, convinces and touches. " (Boris Michael Gruhl in Tanznetz 10.10.2022) Intimacy Villemin Stuttgart (


A production by Juliette Villemin & Team. Supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK - STEPPING OUT, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the initiative NEUSTART KULTUR. Aid Program Dance. And sponsored by the Landesverband Freie Tanz- und Theaterschaffende Baden-Württemberg e.V., with funds from the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of the State of Baden-Württemberg. The performances are sponsored by Freie Tanz- und Theaterszene Stuttgart gUG, with funds from the Kulturamt Stuttgart.