Ping pong balls have mostly similar physicalities. They weigh around 2.7 grams, and are 40 mm in diameter. They can take distance, by rolling along the floor, by flying in a curve-like movement or by leaping through the space. Once dropped from 30 cm they only rise up 23 cm. On each bounce the height decreases according to this coefficient, until they cannot rise off the floor anymore. However, the specificities of the bounce depend largely on the ground surface. On the right dance floor they produce a hollow staccato sound on each touch. They are highly dependent on the strength of the initiating force that gives them the strength to fight friction. Eventually, due to the friction between them, the ground and the air, they come to a stop. Once they are in groups they behave unpredictably, and, sometimes, they deviate from their original trajectory.



Choreography: Begüm Erciyas

Performance: Ewa Bankowska, Begüm Erciyas

Created with: Ewa Bankowska, Jenny Beyer and Sigurdur Arent Jonsson

Sound: Jetzmann and Lucas Dietrich

Co-Production: K3 - Center for Choreography | Tanzplan Hamburg

Ballroom was coproduced by LOOPING (a project developed by Uzès danse CDC, in partnership with TanzWerkstatt Berlin and O Espaço do Tempo) and Jardin d'Europe, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.


Thanks to Bojana Kunst, Marcus Dross, Valentina Desideri, Paula Caspao, Sweet and Tender Collaborations

Ballroom is a development of Ping Ping (2009), which premiere at K3 Choreographic Center | Tanzplan Hamburg


Premiere: 12 June 2010 O Espaco do Tempo, Montemor-O-Novo, Portugal

Performances: Uzes Danse Festival '10, France

Tanz im August '10, Berlin

iDANS '10, Istanbul

0090 Kunstenfestival '11/Monty Antwerp

Gessnerallee Zurich '12

Rotterdamse Stadtschouwburg '12

Malta Festival '13 / Poznan Poland

K3 Choreographic Center | Tanzplan Hamburg, Kampnagel Hamburg

Working Title Festival #3 / Prix Jardin d'Europe 2009