In the first solo, Mathieu Burner dances the text ›vom ich‹ by choreographer Philipp Gehmacher, by placing his body in the path of speech. Thus he explores the potential of dance, jumping between the time and place of the alleged ›now‹ of current presence and the ›there‹ of the always already past. In this ›theoretical space‹, dancer Sigal Zouk recites lines from Hölderlin’s ›Empedokles‹ and goes in search of the body in our age of virtualisation – an age that makes space disappear and radically delivers us up to the mercy of time.
Accompanied by the improvisations of musician Leo Schmidthals – guitarist of the band Selig – a dialog emerges between memory and the now, between imagined body and reality.
Choreography: Laurent Chétouane
With: Mathieu Burner, Sigal Zouk
Costumes: Imke Schlegel
Stage Design: Patrick Koch
Music: Leo Schmidthals
Video: Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck
Light Design: Andreas Juchheim
Production: Tom Stromber
Co-production: Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis (Paris), Sophiensaele (Berlin), PACT Zollverein (Essen), Kulturhauptstadt Europas RUHR.2010 (Essen)
Supported by: Springdance Festival (Utrecht) und Tanzquartier (Wien)
Supported by NATIONALE PERFORMANCE NETZ with funds from Tanzplan Deutschland – an initiative of The Federal Cultural Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes)
This premiere is supported by the Kunststiftung NRW