Renegade realizes free theatre productions with international partners, dancers, choreographers and cultural institutions – with an emphasis on streetart. Most pieces deal with life models of the young generation. The realization uses various forms of streetart (like graffiti and VJing), of breakdance and modern stage dance. Classicly educated dancers and some of Germany’s best street dancers join on stage in Renegade productions.
As far as directing and cheoreography are concerned, Renegade regularly works together with young talented artists like Frenchman Lorca Renoux as well as praised freelance choreographers like Samir Akika or Malou Airaudo. Renegade was awarded at Theaterzwang NRW 2004, won the Herald Angel 2004, the Guardians Best Physical Theatre Award 2004 and the Fringe First 2004.more
Founded in Herne in 2003, Renegade immediately managed to gain a place in the European off-theater scene with its first project, “Rumble”, a HipHop interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic “Romeo and Juliet”. After much acclaimed victories at NRW Theaterzwang 2004 and the international Fringe Festival 2004 in Edinburgh, Scotland, the crew started touring through Europe and joined the Harare Festival in Simbabwe, Africa. The following productions “41” (2004), “Messias” (“Messiah”, 2005), “Cage” (2006) and “Extended Teenage Era – E.T.E.” (2007) focused on the approach to life of the second and third generation of immigrants – a world dominated by boredom, lack of perspective and rage. Stylisticly, these productions were positioned between modern dance, breakdance and HipHop, between acting and audio-visual experiments.
While “E.T.E.” went on tour to India and the Middle East, the first dance-only production of Renegade was developed in cooperation with choreographer Malou Airado from Wuppertal: “Schwarze Katze” (“black cat”, 2008). In the same year, the production “Crayfish” drew a collage-like portrait of the history and lifestyle of HipHop. In 2005, after co-founder Markus Michalowski had moved to Australia, Zekai Fenerci took over complete resposibility for Renegade. Since then, Michalowski has been in Renegade’s freelance pool of directors and choreographers to which Samir Akika and Malou Airaudo belong as well.less