© Claude Hofer / Desire & Discipline @ BETA Stage Festival 2019


Nowadays that porn has become the norm and our intimate lives get more and more exposed through social media, the way we understand the erotic is changing rapidly. 

Desire & Discipline is an invitation to uncover the erotic charge inherent in dance: two performers search for their own sensual expression within a corset of forms borrowed from dance history and personal reference. Rogers and Leuenberger build a choreographic structure which interweaves their own erotic material with those of dance masters Vaslav Nijinsky, Steve Paxton and renowned geisha Mineko Iwasaki. 

The duo is accompanied by live music, offering a shared experience of potential states of ecstasy, intimacy and humor.    

Trailer from the shows in Slovakia:

a Chris Leuenberger production in co-production with Kredance Prostor

concept, choreography, dance Chris Leuenberger, Matthew Rogers music Thomas Jeker lights Zuzana Režná costume Salome Egger outside eyes Igor Dobricic,  Anna Röthlisberger,  Anne Kersting, Marcel Schwald, Petra Tejnorova, Simone Truong production Sabine Jud 

residencies at Tanzhaus Zürich, Théâtre Sévelin 36, Dampfzentrale Bern, Plum Yard Malovice, Záhrada Banská Bystrica, Labyrint Zilina 

funded by Stadt Bern, Kanton Bern, Burgergemeinde Bern, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Gesellschaft zu Ober-Gerwern, Nadace život umělce, Slovak Arts Council

past performances

10 June 2016  

Premiere, Tanzlokal Festival Bern (CH)

27 – 30 July 2016

Eros Sessions, Kiosk Festival Zilina (SK)

10 August 2016

Kredance, Ceske Budejovice (CZ)

21 September 2016

L1 danceFest, Budapest (HU)

19 November 2016

Theater Freiburg (DE)

27 May 2017              

Zahrada, Banska Bystrica (SK)

2 June 2017

Stanica, Zilina (SK)

9,10 March 2019

29 January 2020

BETA Festival Bern (CH)

Yangon Pride, Yangon (MM)