An evening of ballets choreographed by Juanjo Arqués and Demis Volpi

Far and near are all around

15. October 2020 - 24. October 2020

Duration: approx. 1 hour 10 minutes, no interval

The title for this evening, ‘Far and Near are All Around’ is taken from Caroline Shaw‘s ‘Partita for 8 Voices’.

In search of an epithet for the 21st century, the British author George Monbiot coined the term “The Age of Loneliness”. Despite ever closer communication and media networks it is above all the young generation that increasingly struggles with social isolation and difficulties in building relationships. Recent months have focussed attention on the often invisible phenomenon of loneliness.

In his first creation for the Ballett am Rhein, Juanjo Arqués looks behind their apparently protective facades to portray modern searchers. He has worked as a Young Creative Associate for Het Nationale Ballet Amsterdam since 2016 and his choreography ‘Ignite’ was nominated for the prestigious Prix Benois de la Danse in 2019.

To remain distanced but breathe together: this is how a company can still understand itself as a body that moves together – even in times like these. Demis Volpi’s world premiere focuses less on the isolation of individual people than on the isolation of single movements. Set to the American composer Caroline Shaw’s a cappella ‘Partita for 8 Voices’, bursting with a rich range of tone colours, Volpi searches for a language of movement that has a similarly strong sense of form combined with exuberant sensuality.