For the fifth time, nine partners and twelve venues have teamed up to present this festival dedicated to dance in and from North Rhine-Westphalia in eight cities. The biennial platform tanz nrw is a coalition of dance producers from NRW interested in increasing both regional and international awareness of the NRW dance scene.
Artists from different generations – new faces and famous names alike – will present their latest choreographic projects here. This year’s tanz nrw programme puts 17 artistic positions up for discussion that signify various experiences and ways of thinking. They examine reality in its relationship to physicality, devote themselves to pressing issues or reflect upon the underlying paradigms of society and art production.
I have the pleasure to be performing with the Ben J. Riepe Kompanie on the following shows:
DER LETZTE SCHREI – 3. Edition (PACT Zollverein/ Essen)
DER LETZTE SCHREI – 4. Edition (Generatorenhalle/ Viersen)
WHITE VOID SERIES: Im Nebel – Ein Raum (Alte Feuerwache/ Kölln)
DER LETZTE SCHREI:
The expression “Der letzte Schrei” (“the Dernier Cri”) comes from the world of fashion – it is a reference to and a promise of a life full of glitz and glamour, a life in the moment. When taken literally, however, it means the opposite: the end. Death. The last cry to ring out before silence prevails. In theatre, the human body poses the centre of art and reality. It is used by dancers as a tool. In the fashion industry, it is celebrated. Stylised into an object of desire, it permeates our thoughts as a surface upon which we project all of our ideals and aspiration. We use it to create and revise identities. It rebels against our preconceptions. It is vulnerable. And finite.
As a sonorous, ornamental work of choreography, each edition of “Der letzte Schrei” plumbs the boundaries – beginning with the performance space – between the genres anew: Visual art with people, perhaps, or musical theatre with dancers? Or a comprehensive choreographic moment comprised of movement, bodies, objects and sound?
The Ben J. Riepe Kompanie will present the 3rd edition of the project as a stage version at PACT Zollverein.
In the city of Viersen, the venue Generatorenhalle, a multifunctional space whose exact purpose defies categorisation, will become a key protagonist in the formation of bodily object-based tableaus.
Ben J. Riepe studied dance and choreography at Essen’s Folkwang University. He has worked for the ensemble Neuer Tanz in Düsseldorf in addition to serving as a guest performer in Pina Bausch’s ensemble Tanztheater Wuppertal. The Ben J. Riepe Kompanie was founded in 2004. In its most recent works, the Düsseldorf-based choreographer has engaged in intense explorations of exhibition spaces that allow for different viewing and movement dynamics.
MANAGEMENT, CHOREOGRAPHY / Ben J. Riepe
COMPOSITION / Timo Kreuser
COSTUME / Anna Kleihues
OBJECTS / Mithu Sen
TECHNICAL DIRECTION / Dimitar Evtimov
PERFORMERS / Lenah Flaig, Simon Hartmann, Jbid Hatschaduryan, Rosabel Huguet, Sudeep Kumar Puthiyaparambath, Daniel Ernesto Müller, Kathrina Wilke, Danilo Tesi
PRODUCTION / Ben J. Riepe Kompanie zum 25. Jubiläum der Kunststiftung NRW
CO-PRODUCTION / PACT Zollverein in Kooperation mit dem Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus
FUNDED BY / Kunststiftung NRW, Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes NRW, Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf, Kunst- und Kultur Stiftung der Sparkasse Düsseldorf
SUPPORTED BY / Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan
WHITE VOID SERIES: Im Nebel – Ein Raum
What makes a good atmosphere? How can a space develop its own temperament, and who gets caught up in its vibes? Since 2013 the Ben J. Riepe Kompanie has used its “White Void Series” to experiment with moving arrangements that perceive choreography as a compositional process comprised of objects, bodies, sound and atmosphere. Neither an exhibition nor a performance, it generates landscapes in time and space, powerful imagery and music, silhouettes in the fog. The dissolution of the familiar, the generation of utterly new realms of experience – this evening has much in store. Dancers, singers and unexpected guests invite audiences to take a momentary step beyond the familiar.
CHOREOGRAPHY, CONCEPT / Ben J. Riepe
IN COLLABORATION WITH / Lenah Flaig, Simon Hartmann, Daniel Ernesto Müller Torres, Jonathan Auth, Rosabel Huguet, Sudeep Kumar Puthiyaparambath,
Hasti Molavian, Carolina Rüegg, Kathrina Wilke, Emily Dilewski
PRODUCTION / Ben J. Riepe Kompanie
CO-PRODUCTION / Theaterfestival FAVORITEN 14
FUNDED BY / Kunststiftung NRW, Fonds Darstellende Künste, Stiftung Kulturhauptstadt RUHR.2010, Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes NWR
THANKS to PACT Zollverein
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Festival Tanz NRW 15
Ben J Riepe Kompanie
Photos by Ursula Kaufmann