My enemy is my fear

And it takes my breath away

So I call to fight with love, open up my heart

I call you to fight with love, open up your heart


Seduced by the belief that a fierce strongman, is all we need to get things done and save the world, choreographer Anne-Mareike Hess, takes us in her solo on a journey of becoming a warrior. Within a distorted and at the same time soft soundscape emerges a profoundly poetic image of human fragility and inner disruption. A dancing body caught in a perpetual fight with its emotions.

After „Synchronization in process“ (2016) and „Give me a reason to feel“ (2017), Warrior“ is the third piece in the context of the ongoing research about the „emotional body“.


Choreography & dance: Anne-Mareike Hess

Sound design: Marc Lohr

Costume: Mélanie Planchard

Light design: Brice Durand

Dramaturgy : Thomas Schaupp

Artistic advice: Rosalind Goldberg

Vocal coach: Joséphine Evrard

Production: utopic productions

Coproduction: Centre Culturel de Rencontre Abbaye de Neumünster, Weld, Skogen

creation support: Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois - TROIS C-L, Ministère de la Culture Luxembourg

Support: Fonds culturel national Luxembourg, Fondation Indépendance, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee

Residencies: Dancehouse Melbourne (AUS), Skogen (SE), O espaço do Tempo Montemor-O-Novo (PT)

With the support of the Grand Luxe network 2017/2018/2019


“The piece hits the zeitgeist very precisely. In a world in which we find ourselves increasingly in (political) situations, where we ask ourselves: What actually happens here? Why is nobody doing anything? Not only in these circumstances, "Warrior" is a piece that tells us a lot about creating a warrior type, empowerment through the discovery of one's own voice and the constant, sometimes humorous, failure on the way there. "

Sarah Moessner Tanznetz 17.12.2019

"Warrior - with few resources, thoughtful, powerful and full of political explosive power."

Daniel Konrad Luxemburger Wort 7.12.2018


Warrior, the latest creation of choreographer Anne-Mareike Hess, is a phenomenal act of resistance she reveals through a metamorphosis of her body.”


"... the choreographer stays true to herself at the level of the radicality of her movement language. (...) For her, movement is the expression of an energy drawn from the depth of the bowels and channeled into a very constructed and controlled discourse. "

Marie-Laure Rolland for La Glaneuse 10.12.2018


"...the luxembourgish dancer and choreographer is one of the artists who, through her presence, instantly fills the whole spance and captivates the spectator. (...) the proof that the radiant emittance of force has nothing to do eith pomp and sensationalism."


"Femininity itself is celebrated and put in realtion to strength."


"When the "fight" comes to an end it has created a noticeable intimacy between the dancer and the audience. The initially individual struggle became a common one."

Christine Mandy for Journal 10.12.2018

"Warrior turns out to be a wonderful discovery."

Dieter Hartwig for Tanznetz.de 14.2.2019


"...Different from previous works, Hess surpasses the performer’s objective gaze onto
a supposed audience, and let the performing body burst over itself. There is nothing more
to hide, the fight with subjectivity has already started. In the physical excavation, she lets
the choreography surpass itself, at once pumping the body full of material - and emptying it
all out. This is a body of noisy memories, whose senses flow beyond it’s physical scape.
It’s body of the now is at war against itself...."

excerpt from the text "The body at war against itself" by Frida Sandström 


December 7th 2018 | Salle Robert Krieps Neimënster (LU)


December 8th 2018 | Salle Robert Krieps Neimënster (LU)

December 9th 2018 | Salle Robert Krieps Neimënster (LU)

February 14th 2019 | Dock 11 (Berlin, DE)

February 15th 2019 | Dock 11 (Berlin, DE)

February 16th 2019 | Dock 11 (Berlin, DE)

February 17th 2019 | Dock 11 (Berlin, DE)

February 22th 2019 | Skogen Gothenburg (SE)

February 23th 2019 | Skogen Gothenburg (SE)

February 24th 2019 | Skogen Gothenburg (SE)

March 1st 2019 | Weld Stockholm (SE)

March 2nd 2019 | Weld Stockholm (SE)

March 3rd 2019 | Weld Stockholm (SE)

May 18th 2019 | Festival Hors les Murs! Reims (FR)

October 13th 2019 | SIDance Festival Seoul (KR)

December 14th 2019 | side.kicks Festival Munich (DE)

April 17th 2020 | Dock 11 (Berlin, DE)

April 18th 2020 | Dock 11 (Berlin, DE)

April 19th 2020 | Dock 11 (Berlin, DE)

April 24 - 26 2020 | Spring Forward Festival by Aerowaves, Rijeka (HR) - ONLINE

July 3rd 2020 | 3 du TROIS  (LUX) - ONLINE

October 31st 2020 | Tanztage Burgenland (AT)

December 12th 2020 | New Baltic Dance Festival Vilnius (LT)

February 10th 2021 | BoraBora Theater Aarhus (DK)

Bebruary 11th 2021 | BoraBora Theater Aarhus (DK)

2020 - 2023 associated artist at Neimënster [Lux]

depuis 2020 utopic productions est conventionné avec le Ministère de la Culture Luxembourg

Logo by Julie Conrad Design Studio

 All rights reserved © 2019 Anne-Mareike Hess