verwundert seyn – zu sehn (Uraufführung) / Martin Schläpfer
Moves / Jerome Robbins
ein Wald, ein See / Martin Schläpfer
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Duration b.22: approx. 2½ hours, two hours
Jerome RobbinsA piece without music and yet anything but a silent piece: Jerome Robbins’ “Moves” is an anomaly in the work of the American choreographer. This choreography created in 1959 for his company at the time Ballets USA has no musical structure, underscore or contrast. The only sounds which can be heard in “Moves” are those made by the dancers themselves. The banging and sliding of pointe shoes on the stage floor and the slapping of hands on thighs create their own soundtrack. Their virtuoso movements create audible traces.
Robbins comment on dance in general is particularly true of “Moves”: “Dance is about relationships.” Without musical events as a basis for the choreography the interactions and relationships between the dancers assume the foreground. As a result, “Moves” demands absolute concentration from them and a constant awareness of each other. Gestures are picked up, varied and developed further. On stage these abstract relationships are also always combined with emotional moments. The question of belonging to a group is raised repeatedly, people are excluded only to become part of a formation again a moment later. Here Robbins uses a dance vocabulary he learned from his mentor George Balanchine, but expands it with everyday movements and theatrical gestures. In this way he successfully integrates qualities of modern dance into his choreography without having to forgo the virtuosity and technique of classical ballet.
For his 66 ballets and for his work on Broadway, Jerome Robbins is regarded as one of the most significant American choreographers of the 20th century. Appointed by George Balanchine as Associate Artistic Director of the New York City Ballet in 1949, he stayed with the company for over 40 years and many of the ballets he choreographed remain in its repertoire today. “Moves” continues the Ballett am Rhein’s investigation of Robbins’ choreographic oeuvre which began with “Afternoon of a Faun”.
A BALLETT IN SILENCE
Jerome Robbins © The Robbins Rights Trust
Choreographie Jerome Robbins
Kostümrealisation Gabriela Oehmchen
Licht Jennifer Tipton
Choreographische Einstudierung Ben Huys
ein Wald, ein See
Martin SchläpferLike waves mis-shapen metal bars swing through the space: a forest, a lake. But also an abstract “landscape”, a visual atmosphere, purely suggested, hardly fixed. The substance and rigour of a strong presence and at the same time a field open to associations, full of darkness and poetic images.
“A forest, a lake: both are surfaces, horizons seen front-on. Both are quiet, strong, wild – light on the outside, dark inside. Areas which are used and exploited by people – but which they ultimately cannot inhabit. Symbols of other worlds – and at the same time we feel attracted to them”, Martin Schläpfer remarked about the dance piece he created in 2006 for ballettmainz, which can now be seen in a new production with the Ballett am Rhein.
Just like individual “tree trunks” dancers repeatedly protrude from group formations and set themselves apart from the synchronic mass. The atmosphere is erotically charged with an alien power between tenderness and brutality, kissing and strangling ... glimpses of a thoroughly real world, which is, however, inhabited by people who are alien not only to us but to themselves – an unknown tribe perhaps, with rituals all of its own. Archaic, potent, extreme.
The ear glides through the musical images of a sonic landscape like a panorama. “The edge of a forest (entrance and exit)“, “in the forest, fear, reaching panic”, “a lake”, “a clearing (but also enlightenment)”, “abandonment” are headings to individual sections of the score commissioned by Martin Schläpfer from composer Paul Pavey – an exceptional musician who reveals a remarkably sensitive empathy for the dancing body and the dancing person, always entering into a direct interaction with these, also in his live performances and creating ballet music in its best sense.
EIN WALD, EIN SEE
MUSIC Paul Pavey
Choreographie Martin Schläpfer
Bühne Thomas Ziegler
Kostüme Catherine Voeffray
Licht Franz-Xaver Schaffer
Live-Musik Paul Pavey