GERMANY: "NIJINSKI" - A Ballet by Marco Goecke
No tour, no shows. Instead, the Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart is fully concentrating on the coming big première and will spend the complete month of May rehearsing Marco Goecke's NIJINSKI. The new ballet is not only the highlight of the Gauthier Dance season 2015/16. The international dance scene is keenly awaiting the piece on the iconic ballet star who, as choreographer, almost single-handedly created what is now known as modern dance.
It will be the second time that Marco Goecke – incidentally the award winner 2006 of the Prix Nijinsky in the category "Upcoming Choreographer“ – focuses on the arguably most fascinating and complex personality of dance history. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Les Ballets Russes in 2009 he created his own version of Michel Fokine's pas de deux Le spectre de la rose which triggered the Nijinski craze. Now Goecke is set to explore the cosmos Nijinski in an ambitious, full-length choreography. Theaterhaus Stuttgart is happy that he will embark on the journey together with the dancers of Gauthier Dance. A most promising combination bound to produce – artistic high voltage.
Press Relations Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart
Ballet by Marco Goecke
Music: Frédéric Chopin, Alexander Glazunov, Russion folk music and Russian punk music Assistant Choreographer: Fabio Palombo
Dramaturge: Esther Dreesen-Schaback
Set and Costume Design: Michaela Springer
Lighting Design: Udo Haberland
Production Management: Alexandra Brenk
Artistic coordination Set and Costumes: Gudrun Schretzmeier
Dancers: Garazi Perez Oloriz, Anna Süheyla Harms, Rosario Guerra, Anneleen Dedroog, Sandra Bourdais, Maurus Gauthier, Maria Prat Balasch, Luke Prunty, Alessio Marchini, David Rodríguez, Alessandra La Bella, Nora Brown, Francesca Ciaffoni, Jonathan dos Santos, Mark Geilings, Réginald Lefebvre
A production of Theaterhaus Stuttgart
The new full-length ballet by Marco Goecke deals with the dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinski. It touches on significant stages of his life on and off the stage showing how closely art and madness are related.
Nijinski was one of the most extraordinary artists of the last century and made dance history with parts like the clown in Igor Stravinsky's Petruschka, the Ghost of the Rose in Le spectre de la rose and the Golden Slave in Sheherazade. It is on the strength of his pioneering choreographies, though, that he set new artistic standards. The Paris première of Nijnski's Le sacre du printemps in 1913 created what is still considered one of the greatest scandals known in the history of theatre. The undisguised eroticism of his ballet L'après-midi d'un faune based on Claude Debussy caused scarcely less offence.
Nijinski's career is closely linked with the path towards madness. He was fighting schizophrenia and had to gradually withdraw from public life. Nijinksi lived through both world wars and, as patient in a psychiatric hospital, he narrowly escaped death by the NS euthanasia programme, together with his wife Romola.
The piece will show key scenes of Nijinski's youth, the years of his triumphs and the relentless decline. Typically for Goecke, the piece moves far beyond biographical aspects addressing fundamental issues. NIJINSKI will reflect on the magic and the value of art – and the high price it exacts from all creative minds. The team includes partners who have collaborated many times with Marco Goecke: the set and costume designer Michaela Springer, the lighting designer Udo Haberland and the dramaturge Esther Dreesen-Schaback.
Theaterhaus Stuttgart, T1
World Première on Friday, June 17, 2016 / Saturday, June 18 – at 8:00 p.m. / Sunday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. / Tuesday, June 21 / Wednesday, June 22 / Friday, June 24 / Saturday, June 25 – at 8:00 p.m. / Sunday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m.
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