For the first time ever Laurent Chétouane brings on stage the text which has been the hidden source of his choreographies for years, namely Heinrich von Kleist’s “On the Marionette Theatre”.
What should we take into account when we dance? Under what circumstances can we and must we move, today, in the future or already for a long time, even always? What is the unavoidable reality that we have to consider, whether we want to or not, before we take any step at all? If Kleist, in his story “On the Marionette Theatre”, is looking to teach us a lesson in this regard, it is that each of our impulses – even before political, social or moral circumstances – is first and foremost ruled by one thing: by the basic law of gravity. Personal freedom and even grace have to confront it before anything else.
Choreography: Laurent Chétouane Dance: Raphaëlle Delaunay, Mikael Marklund, Senem Gökce Ogultekin (in Montpellier Danse and Tanzquartier Wien) Piano: Mathias Halvorsen Narrator: Johann Jürgens Dramaturgy: Georg Döcker Light: Stefan Riccius Sound processing and sound concept: Johann Günther Compositions: Piano Sonata No. 1 (5/5) by Charles Ives, Variations op. 27 by Anton Webern, Phasma by Beat Furrer, Variations sérieuses op. 54 by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Partita I (1-3), BWV 825 by Johann Sebastian Bach Assistant choreography: Lisa Blöchle Production: Christine Kammer and Hendrik Unger
Many thanks to Jörg Lehmann, Regina Menzel, Markus Joss, Lars Rebehn, Tomás Correa and Stroemfeld Verlag
Production: Pas de deux GbR. Coproduction: La Commune aubervilliers, Tanzquartier (Vienna), HAU Hebbel am Ufer
Funded by The Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Cultural Affairs and the Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V.