Ballet of (Dis)Obedience

Photo: Thomas Schermer
by Richard Siegal / Ballet of Difference
A production of Schauspiel Köln and Tanz Köln
In German
Depot 1
March 24, 2023
For an aesthetic of (dis)obedience. The impressions Richard Siegal and his company Ballet of Difference gathered on a trip to Japan in September 2022 now find their way into a full-length dance evening. Siegal and his team had set off for Tokyo to learn the practice of Shuudan Koudou, also known as »Japanese Precision Walking«. The strictly synchronised group choreographies are astonishing in their radical stringency and have become a secret YouTube hit, not least because of their peculiar subtle humour. Siegal recognises in the extreme disciplining of the bodies an analogy to the training practice of classical ballet. In the mutual exchange of these movement cultures, questions are raised about individual and collective thinking, about personal decision-making power and social responsibility. For this extraordinary project, Richard Siegal has invited a special guest: Nazareth Panadero, long-time companion of Pina Bausch, who has long since become an icon of Wuppertal dance theatre and will be on stage with the BoD ensemble.

The production BALLET OF (DIS)OBEDIENCE is sponsored by Goethe Institut, with the kind support of Sissel GmbH.
choreography & stage: Richard Siegal
costume: Flora Miranda
Light & Video: Matthias Singer
music: Alva Noto
dramaturgy: Tobias Staab
Supported by
Richard Siegal / Ballet of Difference at Schauspiel Köln is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the state North-Rhine-Westphalia in cooperation with the NRWKULTURsekretariat, Cultural Department of the City of Munich and the Kunststiftung NRW.

A co-production with the Muffathalle Munich.
Further supported by
A coproduction with