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Give me a reason to feel


Give me a reason to feel by Anne-Mareike Hess is the uprising of three dancers who, with all their strength, try to escape the hopeless lethargy of a landscape devoid of any meaning, and depart onto a search of their long-lost feelings.

Give me a reason to feel invites the audience into a choreographic journey through the shadows and the light, a reflection on contemporary times of emotionally charged socio-cultural debates and callous economical pressures.

Concept & Choreography: Anne-Mareike Hess

Dance: Rosalind Goldberg, Sunniva Vikør Egenes, David Kummer

Sound: Marc Lohr

Costume & Stage: Mélanie Planchard

Lightdesign: Philippe Lacombe

Dramaturgy: Thomas Schaupp

Commissioned by: Théâtre de la Ville d’Esch

Coproduction: Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg

With the support of the Grand Luxe network 2017/2018

Thanks to: Dock11 Berlin and Uferstudios Berlin


There are some artists whose next creation we expect frenziedly. The luxembourgish dancer and choreographer Anne-Mareike Hess is one of them. Because we love her exigent work that is without concession.


Let's compliment [...] Anne-Mareike Hess for continuing to weave her thread while renewing herself and delicately mixing narration and theory.

Florence Becanne- Le Jeudi – 23.11.2017

Avec «Give me a Reason to Feel», elle part à la recherche d'un langage du mouvement lié à l'inconscient, et met à nu le corps.


Avec cette pièce, le public pénètre au plus profond de l'être humain à la rencontre de toute une gamme de sentiments. Les visages semblent crier, sourire; les corps souffrir, lutter ou encore s'abandonner. Les petites manies et les grands mouvements se succèdent à toute vitesse. Tout s'accélère, les corps s'approchent de la transe, de quelque chose qui se situe entre l'homme et l'animal avant que la musique ne finisse par céder la place au silence.


Cette pièce chorégraphique ne peut nous laisser insensible car elle touche au corps, à cette partie inconsciente qui habite chacun de nous.

Mireille Peitgenêt - Wort - 2.12.2017

Abysmally beautiful
Then there is also "Give me a reason to feel", the new choreography by Anne-Mareike Hess, in which the boundaries blur immediately and you get into an unpleasant pull from the first second.
The trio wanders around - more shape than a human being - with an empty and somehow also frightened look. The three act like they are out of control
Robot. […] Every now and then it seems as if they are paralyzed, but the paralysis is not complete because a certain amount of movement still permeates. The assumption is getting closer that it is their thoughts that, for an unexplained reason, fell into a state of shock.

Soon you would think they are hanging on invisible threads, while a puppeteer decided that they shouldn't be able to find each other, but are doomed to distance themselves from each other. In places, it feels like they are moving in different (thinking) rooms, even though they are only a few meters apart. All of this reminds in a sad way of the "normal" everyday life in a world full of egomaniacs who, unlike the artists in this piece (often) don't even dance, but mow down the social dance floor with their own tank.
The imperceptible becomes palpable, the un danceable danceable. Anne-Mareike Hess’s affinity for physicality emerges in her current work as well as in her previous pieces (especially in “Tanzwut”). She dedicates herself to the body with a high level of analytical ability and subsequently tries to deconstruct it. Likewise, she deals with conditions, both mental and physical. The aim is to find out what holds body and mind captive, in order to finally free them both, partly by dancing. These steps, however, do not focus on aesthetics, Hess is not a courtesy choreographer who primarily wishes to sprinkle the audience. With her experiments in the context of contemporary dance, Anne-Mareike Hess tests limits and thus challenges the audience.

Anne Schaaf – Tageblatt 10.November 2017

Reaching out

In the context of the creation of "Give me the reason to feel" Anne-Mareike Hess organized an exchange project with students of the Lycée des Arts et Métiers in Luxembourg

Marie-Laure Rolland has collected some feedback from the students and has published them at La Glaneuse.


8th and 10th of November 2017 at Théâtre d'Esch (LU)

29th and 30th of November 2017 at Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg (LU)