• Fri 10.03.17 20 h
  • Sat 11.03.17 20 h

›The Farewell‹, the last section of Gustav Mahler’s ›The Song of the Earth‹, constitutes both starting point as well as vanishing point for Grace Ellen Barkey’s most personal choreography to date: ›FOREVER‹, to which she and scenographer Lot Lemm give powerful visual expression. The music, sung live by Maarten Seghers in a haunting, unaccompanied version, meshes with the three dancers to become a moving force for the evening. A fragile yet stable installation made of porcelain objects opens up a space for disjointed struggles over questions of mortality and eternity. Should the relationship between life and death represent a paradox, simultaneously mutually dependent and restricting, so time becomes a living expression which Lemm&Barkey modify, and invite the audience to constantly re-define anew.

FRI 10.3., 19.30 H introduction

»… the finiteness of human life deserves a song or a dance too...«
Grace Ellen Barkey


Installation: Lemm&Barkey

Idea, choreography: Grace Ellen Barkey

Music: Interpretation of Der Abschied (Das Lied von der Erde), Gustav Mahler
With: Maarten Seghers, Mélissa Guérin, Sarah Lutz, Mohamed Toukabri
Musical director: Rombout Willems

Costumes: Lot Lemm

Dramaturgy: Elke Janssens

Lighting, video-programming: Gwen Laroche

Sound: Bart Aga

Trainee assistant to the director: Camille Doucet

Production manager: Marjolein Demey

Singing coach: Lucy Grauman

Photo: Phile Deprez
Production: Needcompany 

Co-production: Steirischer Herbst (Graz), Internationales Figurentheater-Festival (Erlangen, Nürnberg), PACT Zollverein (Essen). With the support of the Flemish authorities.


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