Naoko Tanaka
Absolute Helligkeit

  • Sat 22.06.13 21:30 h
  • Sun 23.06.13 16:30 h

Following ›Die Scheinwerferin‹, presented at PACT Zollverein in 2011, Naoko Tanaka assumes a less prominent role in the second part of her Shadow Trilogy. The main protagonist in ›Absolute Helligkeit‹ is a single source of light which appears like an autonomous eye. In astronomy, the concept of ›absolute magnitude‹ (German ›Absolute Helligkeit‹, literally ‘absolute brightness’) is a measure of a celestial object's intrinsic brightness. The brightness is calculated at a distance of 32.6 light years and allows us to comprehend that which goes beyond the limits of our physical perception. The installation performance ›Absolute Helligkeit‹ delves into the connotations evoked by this mathematical measure in order to relate the subjective and the objective, the sensory and the tangible and, not least, amaze and challenge the viewers’ perceptions. 

Concept, visual design, sound design and performance: Naoko Tanaka
Dramaturgical collaboration: Adam Czirak
Technical director: Milos Vujkovic
Production: Naoko Tanaka, Christine Peterges
Co-production: SOPHIENSÆLE  (Berlin) – supported by the Senate Chancellery Berlin, PACT Zollverein (Essen)
Supported by: Kunststiftung NRW
Thanks to: Jo Grys, Murata & Friends, Alise Michon


23.06.2017, PACT Zollverein, Essen (DE)
09.02.2017, Sophiensaele, Berlin (DE)
16.04.2016, Commedia Futura, Hannover (DE)
15.04.2016, Commedia Futura, Hannover (DE)
02.12.2015, ND’T Performing Arts Festival, Parma (IT)
28.07.2015, Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale2015, Niigata (JP)
27.07.2015, Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale2015, Niigata (JP)
14.02.2015, Sophiensaele, Berlin (DE)
13.02.2015, Sophiensaele, Berlin (DE)
12.02.2015, Sophiensaele, Berlin (DE)
11.02.2015, Sophiensaele, Berlin (DE)
30.10.2014, Theaterfestival Favoriten, Dortmund (DE)
03.10.2014, explore dancefestival, Bukarest (RO)
11.01.2014, Temps D'Images, tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf (DE)
10.01.2014, Temps D'Images, tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf (DE)
23.06.2013, PACT Zollverein, Essen (DE)
22.06.2013, PACT Zollverein, Essen (DE)
10.05.2013, 18. Internationales Figurentheater-Festival, Erlangen (DE)
09.05.2013, 18. Internationales Figurentheater-Festival, Erlangen (DE)
30.04.2013, Danae Festival, Mailand (IT)
08.07.2012, Sophiensaele, Berlin (DE)
07.07.2012, Sophiensaele, Berlin (DE)
06.07.2012, Sophiensaele, Berlin (DE)
05.07.2012, Sophiensaele, Berlin (DE)
04.07.2012, Sophiensaele, Berlin (DE)

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