How it all began:
The Swiss artist Janine Jaeggi is the founder and artistic director of the Bremen Carnival. (Europe's largest samba carnival) Through her years of involvement with the costume production for the Bremen Carnival, for the percussion group Confusão, Tambour and various dance and theater productions, she developed her own creative
In the year 2000, Janine Jaeggi learnt stilt walking for the production "Equinox Terminal"at the Frankfurt theater group "Antagon Theater Aktion”.
The charm to extend the dimension of the human body in the costume by high-level stilts and to let new characters emerge was aroused! (J. Jaeggi)
In 2001, Stelzen-Art was born with the first character: "Fleur". A year later, in connection with their spectacular theater project "Little Nemo in Schlumberland", several "Stilts-Classics" such as "Rose Princess", "La Luna", "Queen of Pop" and "The Flamingo Rider" were created.
Since 2003, every year new figures and the respective artistic theme of the Bremen Carnival, a new production is added:
- "The Cosmic Birds" (2003)
- Dragon Rider (2004)
- Insects (2005)
- "Grande Dame" (2006)
- "Galaxy" (2007)
- "Fleur de Luxe" (2008)
- "Red Lion" (2009)
- "Underwater State" (2010)
- "Alice in Wonderland" (2011)
- "Mr. Moneymaker "(2013)
- "ARA BRASIL" (2014)
- "Circus" (2015)
- "Flower & Butterfly" (2016)
- Timetraveler (2017)
- "Mars & Venus" (2018)
For single costumes and promotional tours, a productive collaboration with the tailor Agnes Rademacher and later with the tailor Kathrin Pelz, was developed in the first years. Meanwhile, an ensemble of up to 20 stilt performer work continuously on the productions.
The partners Jaeggi & Sasse
In 2005, Janine Jaeggi & Martin Sasse founded the Jaeggi / Sasse GbR and led from now on the growing Stelzen-Art project.
Both are self-taught in the field of costume design and lighting design and have now become specialists in their field. They were asked to teach at master classes in Germany and abroad. But also in their production they have the claim to keep up with the international high quality standard of world wide succesful groups.
Jaeggi and Sasse are both passionate percussionists. Many decades of high-energy performances and concerts with the percussion groups Confusao and Tambour have also left their unmistakable mark on Stelzen-Art.
With ARA BRASIL they pursue their long grown desire to combine stilts and percussion. But also in other productions Stelzen-Art can be combined with Confusao, as the costume productions of the two groups are perfectly coordinated.
Stelzen-Art represents itself worldwide on its own, but has also enjoyed working with various agencies for many years. In recent years, a fruitful collaboration has developed with the Italian agency international show parade.
The repertoire of Stelzen-Art now includes over 120 stilt creations.
Every year stilt creations for own and commissioned productions are created in the roof studio of Theaterkontor Bremen - the creative workshop of Stelzen-Art.
At the Carnival of Cultures Berlin 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007 the group reached in Berlin the 1st place in all categories of the parade competition, together with the Berlin group: "Sapucaiu no Samba" (www.sapucaiu.de). In 2017 the group was awarded the first prize for the most beautiful costumes.
Further awards followed, e.g. at the "Altonale" and "STAMP 2010" in Hamburg and the "Carnival in Aalborg", Denmark (2008 4th place / 2009 3rd place / 2010 3rd place / 2011 2nd place 2015 1st place!)
In 2017 they received the 1st place at Flower Festival in Debrecen in Hungary, for this Stelzen-Art was the first foreign groups to receive this honor.
With around 100 assigments per year, domestic and abroad, Stelzen-Art is one of the most successful stilt formations worldwide.
For example Stelzen-Art travelled together with the group Confusao 2004 with the Goethe Institute to Namibia and 2008 to Palestine and 2009 to the Environmental Film Festival in Armenia. Since 2015 they are invited every year to China, to the spectacular New Year's Festival to show their impressive great formation.
Stelzen-Art has performed in Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria, Italy, Romania, Russia, Latvia, France, Spain, Luxembourg, Bahrain, China, Poland, England, Switzerland and Ireland.
Stelzen-Art includes a large pool of professional and semi-professional stilt performers. Several assigments are therfore possible at one date.
And it is still far from the end! - We look forward for new challenges!
Janine Jaeggi , Martin Sasse & Team