Austrian-Dutch theatre maker Florentina Holzinger makes raw and theatrical performances in which she flirts with camp and kitsch. Encounters and events in her private life play a significant role in the creation of her performances. In recent years she impressed with her explosive and physically strong performances. Through her radical physicality she offers strong criticism of western consumer society.
Florentina studied architecture in Vienna, Austria. She trained in dance and performance in Vienna and worked in Gent (Belgium) with youth theatre house De Kopergietery before she moved to Amsterdam to study choreography at the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) at the Amsterdam School of the Arts. She trained in composition, dance and choreography and performed in works by artists in residence Deborah Hay and Benoît Lachambre. Florentina received a DanceWEB Europe Scholarship at ImPulsTanz in Vienna in 2008 and 2010. Florentina won the Prix Jardin d'Europe 2012 with her graduation performance Silk. Florentina worked as a performer for Rob List, Ann Liv Young and Jeremy Wade, among others, and was offered residencies by ImPulsTanz Vienna, workspacebrussels in Brussels, Frascati Amsterdam and PACT Zollverein in Essen.
Together with Vincent Riebeek, Florentina made the trilogy Kein Applaus für Scheiße – Spirit – Wellness. This triptych about the perfect symbiosis of a healthy body and a healthy mind attracted international attention to Florentina's work. The duet Kein Applaus für Scheiße was one of the eye-openers of Bâtard (the festival for young choreographers in Brussels). Spirit, the second part of the trilogy, premiered at CAMPO (Gent) in 2012. The preliminary study for Spirit won Best Production at the Hau at the 100grad Festival in Berlin. With Wellness, Florentina Holzinger and Vincent Riebeek made the final piece of the triptych, which was created at CAMPO and premiered with FFT (Düsseldorf) in November 2013. In 2015, she made the duet Schönheitsabend with Riebeek. In between, she worked alone on the performance Recovery with Frascati Productions in 2014 (a co-production with Brut Wien).
Florentina Holzinger has been a participant in the residency programme of ICK since 2015.