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Schützen ()

Produced by

Foreign Affairs and Sophiensæle in Berlin and Tanztage Berlin and The Berliner Festspiele

Presented by

The SummerWorks Performance Festival

Choreographer: Cecilie Ullerup Schmidt
Music: Matthias Meppelink


Pia Bouman: Scotiabank Studio Theatre


August 14th, 2013 – August 17th, 2013


Schützen [German]
v 1. to protect 2. to defend 3. to guard
n pl 4. rifleman 5. gunmen 6. shooters

What is the identity of a nation, and at what cost should that identity be preserved?

The word “Schützen” in German has an etymological double meaning. On one hand it means someone who shoots. On the other, it means to shield, protect or prevent.

In Schützen, Danish performance artist, Cecilie Ullerup Schmidt, examines modern-day war practices based on her own physical research done with American drone pilots in Nevada, Israeli Army troops in Tel Aviv and on a shooting range in Berlin. Schützen investigates the human ability to kill and to ask others to kill, exploring how these practices affect the body, and the physical and psychological consequences. (


Cecilie Ullerup Schmidt Performer
John Maize Performer
Erin Case Performer
Diana Eremeeva Performer
Shannon Farrell Performer
Janki Lodhia Performer
Julie Zenderoudi Performer
Ilana Zinman Performer
Cameron Richards Performer
Emma Robert Performer

Creative Team

Cecilie Ullerup Schmidt Choreographer
Matthias Meppelink Music
Matthias Meppelink Lighting Designer


Tanisha Taitt Youth Coordinator
Magdalena Koralewska Graphic Designer


Joseph Patrick Venue Technician
Joseph Patrick Festival Lighting Designer
Shawn Henry Venue Technician
Josh Hoodless Venue Technician
Rachel Steinberg Summerworks Associate Producer
Magdalena Koralewska Summerworks Production Assistant
Andrea Benson Summerworks Intern
Sadie Epstein-Fine Summerworks Intern