At the edge of performance art and visual art the choreographer and video artist Walter Bickmann addresses issues of the mechanics of addiction, longing, desire and control in ”Protect me from what I want”. The reflection of societal processes and individual behavioral patterns between intoxication and disillusionment form the point of departure of this intermedia confrontation of video art and dance performance.
Press: [...] the projections together with the dance display such a suggestive power, that from the first minute on a strong pull emanates from the events… in front of the screen the dancers move into an interplay of transgression and control. Distorted movement sequences, manic gestures or even hard floor contact [...] With ”Protect me from what I want” Walter Bickmann managed to create a dialogue between video and dance well worth seeing.
Annett Jaensch, Tanzpresse.de, 12.11.08
[...] With his works between performance and video, sometimes presented in the theatre, sometimes within the framework of exhibitions, the choreographer and video artist Walter Bickmann seems to be rather a loner in Berlin. As a classically trained dancer he discovered his penchant for “walking the line” at an early point. Back then he switched abruptly from engagements as a ballet dancer, at, among others, the Vienna State Opera, to Johan Kresnik at the Berliner Volksbühne. Since then, in his own work, Bickmann shows body and objects from an unexpected point of view and puts them into an extreme relationship. [...]