Animal Erectus

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The piece Animal Erectus (which was premiered on the 7th June 2013 in the Deutsche Hygiene-Museum Dresden) is the product of an unusual artistic collaboration: The Zeit columnist, Harald Martenstein, will read texts about men and women, about the perils of everyday life in Germany and yearning for the south.  Alongside, the Berlin-based dancer and choreographer Mertixell Campos Olivé will dance.

Animal Erectus are accompanied by live music from the saxist Lars Dietrich and the singer Uwe Breunig. On the evening, literature, dance and music will be hardly separable: every form of expression plainly commented upon or reflected by another. Harald Martenstein and Meritxell Campos Olivé present in this performance their life-affirming attitude and their quirky sense of humour.

Harald Martenstrein, born 1953 in Mainz, is a columnist for the Zeit, a writer of the Berliner Tagesspiegel and has additionally worked for many years for the magazine Geo. He has published numerous books, including Corine Award winning novel Heimweg (2007) and the novel Gefühlte Nähe. Roman in 23 Paarungen (2010). Most recently, a collection of 34 texts was published under the title, Romantische Nächte im Zoo. Betrachtungen und Geschichten aus einem komischen Land (Aufbau Publishing, Berlin, 2013). Martenstein has also been awarded the Kisch Award, the Theodor Wolff Prize and the Henri Nannen Prize. He is the current holder of the Curt Goetz-ring. He lives in Berlin and in Uckermark.