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traces, a performative walk in and with a forest, leads the audience into a story which not only questions the connection between people and the land but actively places the audience within.
It invites to stroll along interactive, installatory and performative stations through a landscape of wonder. The deeper the audience progresses into the performance, the deeper they get involved into the landscape and our past, present and ongoing story. Tracing the landscape, the performance organically intertwines with the forest. Using tree-climbing techniques, merging them with elements of contemporary dance and circus, the forest and the trees become embodied parts of the choreography. The installations in the performance are intended to guide the audience's focus to details and to shift once perspectives. 

While trying to lose the concept of individuality, I found my self in an ever-shifting state, up in the treetops and in the hummus beneath our feet. Having the flora, fauna and its climate as the co-creators and agonists of the play, we become all equally creators, stage, scenography and the play itself at once all together.
Subsequently, is the dramaturgy, the choreography and the installations in a constant shift and adaptation with the landscape, while the core of the performance remains the same. 
No culture is, was, and will be in a continues, equilateral, positive harmony with the other forms of living and non-living beings. It seems to be an ongoing learning process, in which the life circle of both human and non-human must first be recognized and then respected. By offering a space to physically experience the democratization between human and non-human, by creating a narrative full of connectivity, subtle fragility, humour and care traces aims to be part of this learning process.

The forest / land is co-creator and defines the dramaturgy of the piece. 
Traces adapts and develops with each landscape climate that it connects with.

Duration: 60 -80 min depending on the forest. 

All materials used in the performance/ installation are found or recycled! 
Exceptions are climbing equipment and the shoes I am wearing.



Concept und Performance: Jakob Jautz
Outside Eye: Mala Kline 
Installation and Costume: Jakob Jautz & Julian Herstatt  
Production: Jakob Jautz
Production Assistance: Katja Büchtemann 
Photos / Video: Otero Tillmann Filme / Natália Zajačiková / Marek Jancuch


Supported by:

LAFT Landesverband Freie Tanz- und Theaterschaffende Baden-Württemberg e.V. 
Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung Kunst BadenWürttemberg


Universitätsstadt Tübingen

Stiftung Landesbank Baden-Württemberg


RADlager Tübingen


Co-produced by:


SQFARM. Fallbach Art Research Movement,
unterstützt durch das NATIONALE PERFORMANCE NETZ – STEPPING OUT, gefördert von der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Rahmen der Initiative NEUSTART KULTUR. Hilfsprogramm Tanz.


ELIAS 2069




Special thanks to:
all forests and beings I encountered

my parents, for all the support

Biologist Thomas Klingseis, for his advice concerning birds and other beings

Sabina Stücker, for answering all my questions concerning production

Jonas Lade, for answering my questions concerning treeclimbing

Achim Bornhöft, for being at the right time at the right spot

with the right advice

Ludger Lammert and the RADlager Team, for your support and the bike repairs

Forester Andreas Fisel, for his openness

Naturpark Schönbuch and all the foresters involved
especially to Rebecca Hurlebaus for her friendliness and help

Anett Frey, for your help and thought

Eftychia Stephanou

Nina Wey

Katja Büchteman

Rodrigo and Maya Otero Tillmann


SQFARM and the people there


Elias 2069 and the people there 
especially Mala Kline


and last but not least, Julian Herstatt