b.07/Duisburger Philharmoniker, Rückward/Verbey, Schumann,Adams, Feldman

28 Apr 2012 19:30

Venue:
Theater Duisburg
Duisburg, Germany

Presenter:
Ballett am Rhein

A helix made of scrapped computer monitors whirls imposingly like a dinosaur’s spine in a wide arc across the stage. The atmosphere generated by Regina van Berkel’s dance opus “Frozen echo” isat once futuristic and archaic. Now her dancers seem an organic mass with impulses impaling them like sound-waves, now the bodies pile up into fascinating living sculpture groups which for a short moment seem to stand still like a tableau, and over and over again single figures emerge as if from the mists of times long past. “These figures do not definitively reveal their secret,” wrote Dorothee Krings in the Rheinische Post, “but they each and all contribute to weaving the compact spherical atmosphere of this powerful work ‘Frozen Echo’.”Regina van Berkel began to devise her own choreographies while she was still working as a dancer in William Forsythe’s Frankfurt Ballet. Today she is one of the Dutch dance personalities with the biggest international reputation. Together with composer Theo Verbey and the installation artist Dietmar Janeck she has plunged, for her first choreography for Ballett am Rhein, into an intense process of mutual interaction between dance, music, stage and lighting: the single parameters resound off each other like echoes and react reciprocally.For this ballet the Dutch composer Theo Verbey palimpsested an earlier work: he expanded the score of his “Schaduw” of 2004 and “shaded” it differently by the addition of further instruments, so that in its encounter with Regina van Berkel’s choreography a new work with respect also to the music emerged.

Program

Verbey: Frozen Echo
Ensemble: Duisburger Philharmoniker
Conductor: Catherine Rückwardt

Schumann: Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 “Rhenish”
Ensemble: Duisburger Philharmoniker
Conductor: Catherine Rückwardt

Feldman: Madame Press Died Last Week at Ninety
Ensemble: Duisburger Philharmoniker
Conductor: Catherine Rückwardt

Adams: Eros Piano
Ensemble: Duisburger Philharmoniker
Conductor: Catherine Rückwardt