Der Letzte Schrei

›DER LETZTE SCHREI‹ // Ben.J Riepe Kompanie


The ensemble surrounding the Düsseldorf based choreographer Ben J. Riepe was founded in 2004. Since then it created various stage choreographies, performances, installations, film- and video work, which have been successfully shown internationally. In the last years the company toured in Poland, India, Bangladesh, the Netherlands and France and was awarded with numerous prices.

The Ben J. Riepe company exists of several permanent dancers and project wise collaborators from the fields of dance, music/composition and costume as well as installation and visual arts. Since 2010 the Ben J. Riepe company is running its own studio space in Düsseldorf, where current productions are rehearsed, training takes place and artistic research is represented.

The work of Ben J. Riepe is characterized by a strong and provocative poetic, between drama and irony that is interviewing beauty with critical statements. Choreography becomes more than a beautiful arrangement of moving bodies on stage and the company is pushing those boundaries of contemporary dance with every new work. Ben J. Riepe has developed his own vocabulary of dance and movement that searches consequently for new aesthetics and ways of expression; digging deeper in our consciousness and testing the edges of abstract but touching creations.


Ben J.Riepe is Affiliated Artist at Pact Zollverein during the 2014 and the 11th and the 12th of April we are presenting a performative installation on the theme of the nascent production “Der Letzte Schrei ” / ” The Dernier Cri”


PACT Zollverein, Essen

11th + 12th of April 2014



›DER LETZTE SCHREI‹ ist ein Nachbild, eine Erinnerung an Schönheit und Künstlichkeit, an Blüte und Zerfall. Der Titel, versteht man ihn als geflügeltes Wort, gehört in die Welt der Mode – dort meint und verspricht er das schrille Leben, den Moment. Wörtlich genommen verkehrt er sich ins Gegenteil: Das Ende. Der Tod. Der letzte Laut vor der Stille.
Wie in den Vorgängerwerken der Ben J. Riepe Kompanie steht auch hier der Körper im Zentrum. Formgrenzen werden noch konsequenter strapaziert als bisher: ›DER LETZTE SCHREI‹ ist lokalisiert an den Rändern von Körper und Skulptur, Raum und Bewegung, Tanz, Musik und Bildender Kunst.


More info here!!

Ben. J Riepe Kompanie

Pact Zollverein



Théâtre de la Ville, Paris!!


Six amazing nights performing at “Théâtre de la Ville” with the sublime version of “Death in Venice” directed by Thomas Ostermeier. The public reaction was breathtaking, I’m still shaking…

Thanks so much Paris!!!!!

Here some reviews:

La république du Theatre

Les Echos

Philosophie Magazine

Inferno Magazine

La Parafe

Théâtre du Blog

Toute la culture




Atelier #51 Die Plattform für neue Kunst und Choreographie


Since 2002 PACT Zollverein has, in the framework of the ATELIER series, offered emerging and established choreographers, dancers, performers, fine artists and musicians from NRW, Germany and abroad a chance to present their work to the general public during a shared evening length programme. Each ATELIER edition gives rise to a hybrid programme featuring performance, art exhibits, music, dance, film, readings, photography, theatre, lectures and video art. Held throughout the building, the next edition will be on the 6th of December. Both completed works as well as projects under development are welcomed from artists working in all disciplines.

I’m going to be presenting with Ben. J Riepe Kompanie after two intensive weeks of research residency. Come If you are around!! WORTH IT!


Artists of the present Atelier Edition:

Henri Hütt (Rakvere, Estland)
Darsha Hewitt (Montreal, Kanada)
Alexandre Achour (Berlin)
Ben J. Riepe (Düsseldorf )
Aeran Kim (Düsseldorf )
Verena Friedrich (Köln)
Jan Rohwedder /Miguel Álvarez-Fernández
(Düsseldorf /Madrid)
Miriam Hüning (Essen)
Miriam Jakob (Berlin)
Lonski & Classen (Berlin)

FRIDAY 6th of  December 2013

Entrance is pay what you like at the box office. Installations and exhibits are open from 19h. The stage programme begins at 20h

PACT Zollverein
Bullmannaue 20a
D-45327 Essen
Fon +49 (0)201.289 47 00

More info:

Pact Zollverein

Ben. J Riepe



“Giudizio, Possibilità, Essere” by Romeo Castellucci


Màntica 2013 Festival
Performance, music, critics and workshops



from the 18th until the 27th of October 2013


Giudizio, Possibilità, Essere by Romeo Castellucci

with Chiara Causa, Silvia Costa, Laura Dondoli, Irene Petris

and with the participation of: Aglaia Mora, Carolina Cangini, Chiara Montalbani, Elisa Menchicchi, Evelyn Facchini, Ilaria Dalle Donne, Luna Bendandi, Nuvola Vandini, Rosabel Huguet, Viviana Mancini

 as part of the theater season of the Teatro A. Bonci in Cesena

The words that Hölderlin has entrusted to Empedocles, the heretic who leaves the city to go up the mountain and throw himself into the fire of being, resonate in a gym, as the most proper place to bring the voluntary act of poetry. Watching the sequence of an abstract exercise, a elliptical silent gesture that cuts the air, or listen to the articulation of a verse as a statement, it will mean contemplate an empty space. Achieving a space without content, as a place of revelation, out of the theater, to find the own theater.

18, 19 October at 20:00h and 20 October at 17:00h

place: La Palestra G. Spinelli (ex GIL), Cesena (Italy)


more information:


Theater Venice Biennale / Romeo Castellucci

Biennale di Venezia // Theatre 2013

I have the pleasure to participate on the Biennale College – Theatre 2013, we will be performing on

Friday, 9th August

7:00 pm /  20:30pm / 22:00pm – Tese dei Soppalchi


Natura e origine della mente (30’)
concept and stage direction Romeo Castellucci

with Silvia Costa
and the participants to the worshop:

Michele Balducci, Tanya Beyeler, Gemma Carbone, Ilaria Dalle Donne, Gloria Dorliguzzo, Lisaboa Houbrechts, Rosabel Huguet, Zuzana Kakalikova, Gloria March, Lorenzo Massimiano, Aglaia Mora, Irena Radmanovic, Ines Roessl and Elena Strada.
sound technician Matteo Braglia
production Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, Théâtre de la Ville-Paris
in collaboration with la Biennale di Venezia
The 42nd International Theatre Festival will run from 1st to 11th August 2013, directed by Àlex Rigola. The Festival will feature some of the best pièces of the international and the Italian scene, as well as meetings and conferences with relevant personalities of today’s international theatre.

Biennale College – Theater 2013

A project by Àlex Rigola

The Biennale di Venezia has renewed its mission in every one of its fields. In addition to its work to promote knowledge among the wider public (Exhibitions and Festivals) it has developed a strategic programme for training young artists. Known as the Biennale College, it is operative in the field of Dance, Music, Theatre and Cinema, promoting young talents by offering them the opportunity to work side by side with the masters, to develop “creations”. This is the spirit of the Biennale College, a well-equipped bridge that allows young people who wish to engage in one of the arts to do so in the best conditions that an international institution can offer.

more info here!!


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Nature Theater of Oklahoma

Looking forward to be on Stage with the Nature Theater of Oklahoma and to meet you there!!!

Life and Times

Everything started with a simple question: Can you tell me the story of your life? Directors Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska asked company member Kristin Worrall to tell them her life story over the telephone. It lasted sixteen hours. Without editing or corrections, these telephone calls became the libretto for “Life and Times,” an epic and biographical saga in ten parts. Word for word, memory for memory, the Nature Theater of Oklahoma narrates, over ­successive evenings or in a several-hour marathon, the life of a middle-class woman in her mid-thirties from an American suburb. A life that is interesting because it is everything but unusual, and is therefore like your own. Poetic, witty and as sophisticated as it is obvious, “Life and Times” gives us the chance to observe our own lives from another point of view. The formats and genres are also constantly changing, just like in real life. Here it is a mixture of musical, dance, thriller-melodrama, animated film, book, and radio show.

 Episode 2

The changing body, the first crush, the first cigarette smoked in secret – in Episode 2, the monumental epic turns to the beginning of puberty. The body becomes a battlefield, and life becomes a brutal, hazy disco, where the attempt to be cool collides on the dance floor with awakening desire. In the style of a 1980s pop musical, the performers sing, talk and dance about peer pressure, school problems, wanting to belong, and being excluded. Unedited, including all mistakes, ums, and ahems, the libretto was completely composed using the hobby music application Garage-Band.

English with English and German subtitles

120 min 

Concept/ Direction:

            Pavol Liska, Kelly Copper


Ilan Bachrach, Asli Bulbul, Elisabeth Conner, Gabel Eiben, Daniel Gower, Anne Gridley, Robert M. Johanson, Matthew Korahais, Julie LaMendola, Kristin Worrall


Robert M. Johanson, Julie LaMendola


Peter Nigrini 

Production Manager (NTOK):

Dany Naierman

Audio Engineer:

Daniel Gower 

Project Manager & Chorus Director:

Nora Hertlein


Produktion: Nature Theater of Oklahoma und Burgtheater Wien. Koproduktion: Kampnagel Hamburg, Festival d’Avignon, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Kaaitheater (Brüssel) und Rosas (Brüssel). Mit Unterstützung von: The New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Pilot, mit Hauptförderung durch die Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


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Hebbel am Ufer Berlin / HAU

Premiere “Hyperion. Letters of a Terrorist” by Romeo Castellucci


I’m so glad to invite you to the Premiere of my next production at the Berliner Schaubühne.

»Hyperion. Letters of a Terrorist«

after Friedrich Hölderlin
Direction, Stage Design, Light, Costume: Romeo Castellucci
Premiere on 17 March at F.I.N.D. 2013
In German with English surtitles


Having grown up in harmony with nature and the ancient world of the gods, the Greek, Hyperion, has joined the armed struggle against occupation. Confronted by the true brutality of war he loses his illusions, his friends and witnesses the death of his beloved, god-like Diotima. Alienated from the modern world, he becomes a hermit and seeks healing in the solitude of nature and in the contemplation of its beauty, only to find that beauty does not come without risk.
In 1797 Hölderlin wrote his epistolary novel »Hyperion«, a radical poetic manifesto and yet, at the same time also a confession of political failure, which reflected the collapse of his own revolutionary ideals.Romeo Castellucci, founder of the legendary Italian theatre collective Socìetas Raffaello sanzio, transforms Hölderlin’s lyrical prose into a radical and visually stunning performance piece, a political and poetic reflection on contemporary art, religion and rebellion, on literature as a drug and in the terrorism of beauty.

Supported by Radeberger.



Direction, Stage Design, Light, Costume:
Romeo Castellucci
Artistic Collaboration:
Silvia Costa
Scott Gibbons
Florian Borchmeyer
Piersandra Di Matteo
Rosabel Huguet
Eva Meckbach
Angela Winkler
Luise Wolfram

and Lejna Hoffmann/Amelie Brettschneider
as well as Lasse Keller, Martin Willy Müller, Benjamin Scharweit, Tammo Winkler und Andreas Luge, Christian Packbier, René Haßfurther, Thomas Reimann.


17.03.2013, 20.00 h
18.03.2013, 20.00 h
24.04.2013, 20.00 h
25.04.2013, 20.00 h


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Schaubühne Berlin



Berliner Schaubuühne

Premiere “Der Tod in Venedig/Kindertotenlieder” by Thomas Ostermeier

After presenting the piece at the Festival Mettre en Escène 2012/ Thèâtre National de Bratagne, finally comes to Germany the next creation of Thomas Ostermeier / Schaubühne Berlin.

Come!! I wait you at the Theatre!!


Der Tod in Venedig/Kindertotenlieder

after Thomas Mann/Gustav Mahler
A Version by Maja Zade and Thomas Ostermeier
Direction: Thomas Ostermeier
Premiere in Rennes on November 10th, 2012
Premiere in Berlin on January 12th, 2013


The writer Gustav von Aschenbach is consumed by wanderlust. He travels to Venice in the hope of freeing himself from work regime. When he encounters the fourteen-year-old Tadzio, Aschenbach is consumed by an unprecedented passion. In the boy Aschenbach believes he has found the embodiment of his artistic ideals. Soon, however, the yearning for youthful beauty is transformed into a wild and deadly obsession. Thomas Ostermeier’s production is an experimental arrangement: a narrator, a pianist, a video artist and a group of actors and dancers approach the subjects of erotic passion, physicality and transience which are at the core of Thomas Mann’s novella. The inner drama of the aging man finds its musical counterpart in Josef Bierbichler’s interpretation of the »Kindertotenlieder« by Gustav Mahler – Thomas Mann’s inspiration for the character of Gustav von Aschenbach.

Coproduction with Théâtre National de Bretagne in Rennes.

Direction   Thomas Ostermeier

Choreography   Mikel Aristegui

Stage   Jan Pappelbaum

Costume   Bernd Skodzig

Music   Timo Kreuser

Video   Benjamin Krieg

Dramaturgy   Maja Zade

Light   Erich Schneider

Sound Direction   Daniel Plewe



Bernardo Arias Porras

Josef Bierbichler

Martina Borroni

Marcela Giesche

Sabine Hollweck

Rosabel Huguet

Leon Klose/Maximilian Ostermann

Felix Römer

Kay Bartholomäus Schulze

Piano/ Timo Kreuser

Photo/ Roger Rossell



12.01.2013, 20.00 h

13.01.2013, 20.00 h

14.01.2013, 20.00 h

15.01.2013, 20.00 h


23.02.2013, 20.00 h

24.02.2013, 20.00 h



More information here!

Berliner Schaubühne


Premiere at the Thèâtre National de Bratagne with Thomas Ostermeier

From the 10th until the 17th of November, the next creation of Thomas Ostermeier / Schaubühne Berlin is presented at the Festival Mettre en Escène 2012/ Thèâtre National de Bratagne.


Death in Venice / Kindertotenlieder

By Thomas Mann/Gustav Mahler

The widower and acclaimed writer Gustav von Aschenbach is afflicted by wanderlust. In Venice he hopes to escape his oppressive self-discipline.

When he encounters the fourteen-year-old Tadzio at the Grand Hotel on the Lido, Aschenbach is consumed by a phenomenal passion. In the beauty of this aristocratic Polish child, Aschenbach believes to have found the embodiment of his artistic ideals. But soon the ageing artist’s yearning for youthful beauty is transformed into a wild and deadly obsession.

In his novel Mann portrays »the debasement of a soaring mind«, but also the tragedy of an a-sensual aesthete, who through his experience of an erotic passion – the object of which is made all the more inaccessible by being a child and male – is made painfully aware of his own physicality and inevitable mortality.

In Thomas Ostermeier’s scenic interpretation of the text, this inner drama finds its musical expression though Josef Bierbichler’s interpretation of the »Rückert-Songs« by Gustav Mahler – Thomas Mann’s inspiration for the character of Gustav von Aschenbach.

Coproduction with the Théâtre National de Bretagne in Rennes.

Direction   Thomas Ostermeier
Choreography   Mikel Aristegui
Stage   Jan Pappelbaum
Costume   Bernd Skodzig
Music   Timo Kreuser
Video   Benjamin Krieg
Dramaturgy   Maja Zade
Light   Erich Schneider
Sound Direction   Daniel Plewe
Bernardo Arias Porras
Josef Bierbichler
Martina Borroni
Marcela Giesche
Sabine Hollweck
Rosabel Huguet
Leon Klose/Maximilian Ostermann
Felix Römer
Kay Bartholomäus Schulze

Piano   Timo Kreuser

Photo Arno Declair


More information about the Performances in Rennes:

Festival Mettre en Scène

Performing at “The Four Seasons Restaurant” by Romeo Castellucci


I’m glad to invite you to this event in which I’m performing. For my It’s always disturbing and inspiring, experiencing the work of the theater director Romeo Castellucci.  This time it won’t be less. It will be a pleasure to share it with you.


About the piece

To question the strength and danger of the image, this image that fascinates and torments, that lights up and conceals, a manipulated image, composed and recomposed, Romeo Castellucci built a multi-episode theatre cycle, each episode nourished by the crossing of a pictorial or literary work permitting the director to broaden the field of his questioning. After the face of Christ (Salvator Mundi) painted by Antonello de Messina, which questioned the look-image that called out, pursued and watched in the show On the Concept of the Face of the Son of God, after the story of the Reverend Mr Hooper who, in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story, The Minister’s Black Veil, questions the violence of the disappearance of a face, Romeo Castellucci looks at the story of the painter Mark Rothko taking his paintings down from the walls of the New York restaurant that had commissioned them from him. Behind this true story that happened in 1958, he ponders the torment of man faced with images and their use, but also the social rejection which the artist made himself the promoter of. In alluding to the effacing of the image desired by the painter, who found it impossible to exhibit his works in a place like the Four Seasons Restaurant considering its wealthy but also terribly superficial clientele, Rome Castellucci wishes to probe “the relationship between representation and negation of the appearance that, since Greek tragedy, has sustained the entire relationship of Western man and the image”. Mark Rothko moreover always considered Greek tragedy as the foundation of his painting. Once again, without any naturalism, without any explicit reference, the images that come from Romeo Castellucci’s imagination will make form emerge in the midst of chaos, to permit us to no longer only see but to enter “Rothko’s human picture” and to become aware that the painter’s decision “traces the orbit of absence”, this curved trajectory that never returns that can push us to the edge of the abyss.


Direction / Stage / Costumes: Romeo Castellucci

Music: Scott Gibbons



production Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio

coproduction Festival d’Avignon, National Theater of Brittany (Rennes), Theater der Welt 2010 (Essen), deSingel international arts campus (Antwerpen), The National Theatre (Oslo), Barbican London and SPILL Festival of Performance (London), Chekhov International Theatre Festival (Moscow), Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Athens Festival, GREC 2011 Festival of Barcelone, International Theatre Festival DIALOG Wroclaw (Poland), Belgrade International Theatre Festival, Spielzeit’europa 2011 I Berliner Festspiele, Théâtre de la Ville-Paris, RomaEuropa Festival 2011, Theatre festival SPIELART München, Le Maillon Théâtre de Strasbourg Scène européenne, Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers Scène nationale, Peak Performances @ Montclair State (United States)


Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Große Bühne

Schaperstraße 24
10719 Berlin

Phone +49 30 254 89-0
Fax +49 30 254 89-111


Premiere, Thursday 25/10/2012, 20:00h

Friday 26/10/2012, 20:00h


€ 25 / 15 / reduced € 10

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Berliner Festspiele


Premiere of “Ovids Traum”

Ovids Traum – Im Garten der Wandlungen by Theater Anu /Die Neue Parkinszenierung/ Premiere 2012

„Um die zarte Brust legt sich dünner Bast. Das Haar wächst sich zu Laub aus, die Arme zu Ästen; der eben noch so flinke Fuß haftet an zähen Wurzeln, das Gesicht hat der Wipfel verschlungen: Allein der Glanz bleibt ihr.“
(Metamorphosen, I 449-553, Apollo und Daphne)

Ovid verwandelt in seinem Geschichtenzyklus „Metamorphosen“ Menschen zu Bäumen, Steinen, Vögeln und Blumen…
Theater Anu nähert sich in seiner neuen Parkinszenierung „Ovids Traum“ den Geschichten des römischen Dichters auf poetisch sinnliche Weise und erschafft einen Garten der Wandlungen.

Die Besucher finden die zurückgebliebenen Hüllen der Verwandelten: Schuhe, aus denen Flammen züngeln; Gewänder, die zu Lampen umgestaltet wurden. Das Gewebe der Kleider löst sich auf, wird zu neuem Faden gesponnen, eingeflochten von Baum zu Baum, verwoben in riesige Kokons. Gärtner hüten diesen magischen Ort, begleiten die Metamorphosen und erzählen ihre Geschichten.

Ovid stellt in seinem Werk die menschlichen Leidenschaften in den Fokus seiner Dichtung. Sie sind es, die seine tragischen Helden in ein nichtmenschliches Leben verwandeln. „Ovids Traum“ geht dem Geheimnis dieser Verwandlungen auf die Spur und lädt die Besucher ein, für eine Nacht Zeuge eines Gartens der menschlichen Leidenschaften zu werden.

Ton- und Klangcollagen, Cello, Skulptur, Projektion und Schattentheater verbunden mit zeitgenössischem Tanz und Bewegungskunst erzählen auf ungewöhnliche Weise ausgewählte Geschichten und Motive der ovidischen Metamorphosen.

Nach Lichtspuren kreiert Theater Anu eine zweite große Parkbespielung.


Tour Plan “Ovids Traum”/ Germany:

11./12.05.2012/ Iserlohn

19.05.2012/ Naumburg

11./12.07.2012/ Heppenheim

17.08.2012/ Troisdorf


A creation of: Theater Anu/ Poetisches Theater im Öffentlichen Raum
with: Maike Möller-Bornstein, Corinna Ahlers, Lorenzo Pennacchietti, Silvia Sassetti, Laura Parker and Rosabel Huguet.