Alexandra Waierstall: MATTER OF AGES
Fri 16 & Sat 17 Jan 2015, 20:00
tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf, Germany
© Christian Herrmann
MATTER OF AGES investigates physical presence, its dispersion, emergence and disappearance in an ever-changing scenography. The melting of the body into the material light of gold, as a second birth. In MATTER OF AGES we look into the relationship between the moving body and gold as a dialectic intercourse between darkness and light. Having therefore the gold playing itself from itself, layer upon layer, gold from gold, and breathing, and living and dancing, and passing through the complete labour of giving life to the figure, without interfering with it: the living body would be the shadow swarming at the edges of that light, a terrestrial border. Where gold and bodies are not placed in space as contents, but yielding as a containing, inclusive and involving space.
Having the gold bleed. For history is perhaps the bleeding of time. And images are perhaps the bleeding of light. And humanity is perhaps the bleeding of god. And dance is perhaps the bleeding of space.
But don’t be afraid. All that blood is mainly a color.
“At the moment the ensemble lies bare on the floor, the audience is breathless. A logical development culminates in unbelievable excitement. Her choreography is a succession of extraordinary ideas, the dance an explosion of the senses.” Michael Zerban in “Opernnetz”, 21.08.2014
Choreography, Concept: Alexandra Waierstall; Performance: Athanasia Kanellopoulou, Harry Koushos, Katerina Liontou, Fotis Nikolaou, Anna Pehrsson; Artistic collaboration: Marianna Christofides; Dramaturgy: Roberto Serafide Fratini; Sound: Marios Takoushis; Light design: Ansgar Kluge; Costumes, Stage: Alexandra Waierstall, Horst Weierstall; Production Assistance: Horst Weierstall.
A Production by Alexandra Waierstall, co produced with the tanzhaus nrw, Dance Gate Nicosia Cyprus and supported by the Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes NRW, the Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf, the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag, the Ministry of Culture of Cyprus and the Stiftung Van Meeteren as well as modul-dance, sponsored by the programme Kultur der Europäischen Union. With the support of Garage Performing Arts Center Kerkyra. Furthermore sponsored within the frame of the series “Schall & Glut”, sponsored by the Kunststiftung NRW.
Please note: Sat 18:00 Physical Introduction / Sat afterwards audience talk with Alexandra Waierstall and Jan Martens, the Factory Artists of tanzhaus nrw.
Upcoming project 2015:
A CITY SEEKING ITS BODIES (working title) with the composer and pianist Volker Bertelmann aka HAUSCHKA, residing in Düsseldorf. World premiere of his new composition Cascades on January 20, 20:00, Gewandhaus Leipzig
Choreographer / Dance Artist