the woman my mother wants me to be like

2018-2021 performance, photography & text

“COBRA BLONDE” crosses an apparent boundary between two worlds of expression that rarely touch: traditional German guard dancing and contemporary art. At the core of choreographer Reut Shemesh’s trespassing is the manifestation of gender roles and female representation during traditional carnival festivities. Between the prevalent approach in contemporary dance to emphasize the individuality and the power of community from which the dance guard draws, an unusual aesthetic emerges, as well as a political forcefield. With “COBRA BLONDE”, Reut Shemesh directs the gaze onto a desire for representation of an authentic identity – if such a thing can even exist.
The process started in 2018 as a research project under the name WITNESS, by an invitation of tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf.

“thanks to this brilliant performance a deep sad core of the carnival is suddenly conjured, of which our ‘school wisdom’ had not dreamed off “ Martin Krumbholz, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 24th June 2019

Choreography, Research, Concept, Photography: Reut Shemesh
Choreography: Reut Shemesh in collaboration with Ulla Gerling
Artistic Assistance: Ele Rose-Krosch
Dance: Lisa Aydin, Laura Bremicker, Katharina Brink, Constanze Fischer, Claudia Hinkel, Carmen Meier, Ele Rose-Krosch, Emily Rose, Sarah Pullich, Janina Schentek, Franziska Simandi
Music: Simon Bauer
Stage, Light: Ronni Shendar 
Dramaturgy: Matthias Quabbe
Concept Development: Daniel Rademacher
Management: Sabina Stücker
Financial Dramaturgy: Béla Bisom transmissions

A production by Reut Shemesh, co-produced by tanzhaus nrw and Theater im Pumpenhaus Münster, in cooperation with the Tanzgarde der Karnevalsfreunde der katholischen Jugend Düsseldorf, supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia within the framework of conceptual support and top-level funding, Kulturamt der Stadt Köln, Kunststiftung NRW, Fonds Darstellende Künste, KunstSalon Stiftung / Step Up. Supported by iDAS NRW and TanzFaktur Köln.

Previous & upcoming performances

  • 28th April, 8th May 2021: Festival tanz nrw 21 (Live Stream Viersen, Stream Cologne)
  • 9th (Premiere), 10th, 11th April 2021: tanzhaus nrw Dusseldorf (Stream)
  • 26th, 27th September 2021: Preview at tanzhaus nrw Dusseldorf (DE)
  • 13th June 2019: Opening Event Impulse Theater Festival at tanzhaus nrw Dusseldorf (DE)
  • July 2019: Museum Kunstpalast Dusseldorf (DE)
  • 30th August 2018: Open Studio, internationale tanzmesse nrw, tanzhaus nrw iDAS NRW (DE)
  • June 2018: work-in-progress showing, tanzhaus nrw Dusseldorf (DE)

Cobra Blonde, new book release


WDR September 20202

Shemesh’s most impressive work so far
Michael S. Zerban, O-Ton, April 2021

Thanks to this lightning-smart performance, a deeply sad core of carnival is presented, of which our school wisdom had not yet dreamed of.“
Martin Krumbholz, Süddeutsche Zeitung, June 2019