Body without Organs

Photo: Thomas Schermer
By Richard Siegal / Ballet of Difference
A Schauspiel Köln and Tanz Köln production

No spoken language
Depot 2
1 h • no intermission
May 11, 2023
Termine & Tickets Schauspiel Köln Schanzenstraße 6-20, 51063 Köln
Sat 11 May 20.00 - 21.00 Schauspiel Köln Schanzenstraße 6-20, 51063 Köln
Sun 12 May 20.00 - 21.00
A »body without organs« is what the theater avant-gardist Antonin Artaud called for at the beginning of the 20th century, evoking forces that are meant to break aesthetic conventions and social norms. But is an avant-garde conceivable without the background of the tradition it abandons? Based on these considerations, Richard Siegal develops an almost dialectical choreography for Ballet of Difference in which strictly composed forms and their dissolution interpenetrate. For this, the US choreographer draws inspiration from a work he created in 2016 for the Sao Paulo Dance Company in Brazil: six pieces by the French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau, which formed the musical basis of the choreography at the time, are now expanded by new electro-acoustic compositions by Lorenzo Bianchi Hoesch. The latter decomposes and overwrites the formal strictness of Rameau and, in combination with Richard Siegal's choreography, unleashes the unconscious potentials of the Baroque. The perfect starting point, then, for an evening of dance that opens up completely new perspectives on Richard Siegal's company: Between matter and form, between ballet codes and their deconstruction, BODY WITHOUT ORGANS shows the Ballet of Difference from its delicate and fragile side.
Choreography: Richard Siegal
Music: Lorenzo Bianchi Hoesch • Jean-Philippe Rameau interpreted on the piano by Tzimon Barto (Ondine 2006)
With the support of
Richard Siegal / Ballet of Difference am Schauspiel Köln wird gefördert vom Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen in Zusammenarbeit mit dem NRWKULTURsekretariat, durch das Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München und die Kunststiftung NRW. Eine Koproduktion mit der Muffathalle München.