What Doesn't Work

photo by Maurice Korbel

photo by Maurice Korbel


A collaboration with tommy noonan and anja müller

Three people devote themselves to an impossible undertaking: the creation of a symphony of movement without composition. They shape the irrational, the secret and the spontaneous with their bodies, wringing a landscape of physical memories out of every moment. In this intensely physical work, Tommy Noonan, Anja Müller and Murielle Elizéon explore the endless and unlimited possibilities of spontaneous decision, drawing eclectic and surreal forms into a calm room as if every second were both their first and their last. 

"What Doesn't Work" is both a performance and an ongoing research. It is an evolving method of anti-composition, in which all emergent forms, patterns and repetitions are welcomed as an archeology of the self. Noonan and Elizéon have built workshops around "What Doesn't Work" for professional performers, amateurs and students at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Theater Freiburg, Elon University and the American Dance Festival Studios.


Concept: Tommy Noonan

By and With: Murielle Elizéon, Anja Müller, Tommy Noonan 

Dramaturgy: Dennis Deter

A production of Theater Freiburg Tanz with support from Cie. Public in Private, Berlin




19 & 20 December, 2015: The Carrack Modern Art, Durham, NC

6 & 7 June, 2014: Musounturm, Frankfurt

16, 17, 18 August, 2013: Dock 11, Berlin

31 May, 1, 19, 20, 2013 June: Freiburg

24 May, 2013: Premiere, Freiburg (DE) Theater Freiburg