08.06.–09.06.2024 / Ballett

Step by Step

Project in co-operation with tanzhaus nrw
Young choreographers present the unexpected and the new.
Project in co-operation with tanzhaus nrw
Once again this year, the format “Step by Step” offers up-and-coming talents from the Ballett am Rhein ballet company the opportunity to face the challenges of choreographic work.

In the creations of Kauan Soares, Jack Bruce, Daniele Bonelli, Yoav Bosidan, Samuel López Legaspi and Marta Andreitsiv, an evening of the most diverse ideas and impulses has been created, which forms a great whole (with an intermission) in the Balletthaus's changeable Studio 1. The dance languages are as diverse as the choreographers themselves - contemporary, provocative, classical and sensitive.

From the imaginative and dark questioning of a literary classic to dance-turned-thoughts about the eternal cycle of our lives and the importance of human relationships to concrete states of our reality, everything is included.

Kauan Soares: Cour d'amours
Choreography, stage, lighting & costumes: Kauan Soares
Musical arrangement: Eduardo Boechat
Music: Carl Orff: Cour d'amours from “Carmina Burana”
Cast: Elisabeth Vincenti, Ako Sago, Camilla Agraso, Edvin Somai, Marco Nestola

Life is made up of ups and downs. Like a wheel of fortune, the wheel of life turns in a natural cycle. Sometimes it goes up, sometimes it goes down. But maybe it's not good to always be “up”? And maybe it's not so bad to be “down” sometimes?
For the Greeks, the goddess Fortuna (Tyche) symbolized the balance between happiness and misfortune, prosperity and poverty. She was a symbol of hope and possibility in a world dominated by chance and uncertainty. People turned to her for guidance and protection in times of need. Traditionally, she is depicted standing on a wheel, with a blindfold over her eyes and a horn of plenty in her hand. The blindfold symbolizes her impartial attitude towards all things.
How do we know what is right and what is wrong? Who are we to judge?
Jack Bruce: Scenes By The Sea
Choreography, stage, lighting & costumes: Jack Bruce
Music: Eydié Gormé, Los Panchos: “Noche de Ronda”; Pete Rodriguez: “Soy El Rey”;
Cast: Lara Delfino, Orazio Di Bella

Scenes like from a movie: two people in their own world. Do they know each other? Cut. Love, passion, lust. Cut. Dream, lingering, peace. Cut. And in everything there is also the supernatural. This story has no story - or does it? A wide beach of interpretations.
"Scenes By The Sea” is inspired by movies such as "Angel Heart" by Alan Parker and novels such as "The Rum Diary" by Hunter S. Thompson and "Sweet Thursday" by John Steinbeck.
Daniele Bonelli: Alice
Choreography, stage, lighting & costumes: Daniele Bonelli
Music: Thom Yorke: “Suspirium” (Arr. Eduardo Boechat); Thom York: Creation for piano, inspired by “The Hooks” (recorded by Eduardo Boechat); Dinah Washington: “This bitter earth”; Susanne Sundfør: “orõ volu”; main theme from the Disney film “Alice in wonderland”; Thom Yorke: “The Inevitable Pull”
Cast: Miquel Martínez Pedro, Daniele Bonelli

Everyone knows “Alice in Wonderland”, whether as a book by Lewis Carol or the colorful adaptation by Walt Disney: the fantastic story of a little girl who becomes an adult after visiting a dreamlike land.
But what happens when Alice's dream in her wonderland turns out to be a nightmare instead?
“Alice” is inspired by the idea of a world in which the protagonist's visionary imagination is actually a critique of our society's ideals. Nowadays, our dream world consists of aesthetic standards, utopian beauty and unattainable perfectionism that influence our self-perception. Do we see who we are objectively in the mirror, or do we create a distorted and illusory image of ourselves? What if we lived in a world that came from our imagination - like a wonderland?
Yoav Bosidan: Guns and Roses
Choreography, stage, lighting & costumes: Yoav Bosidan
Assistant: Philip Handschin
Music: Creation by Yoav Bosidan
Cast: Norma Magalhães, Gustavo Carvalho

“Guns and Roses” reflects the turbulent times in which we live. With dynamic movement and striking imagery, the choreography explores themes of hardship and hope, exploring the fragile resilience of the human spirit. The piece offers no solutions, but rather a picture of reality.
Samuel López Legaspi: Nobodies
Choreography, stage, lighting & costumes: Samuel López Legaspi
Music: Donny Hathaway: Giving up, A Song For You
Cast: Maria Luisa Castillo Yoshida, Charlotte Kragh, Rose Nougué-Cazenave, Courtney Skalnik, Joaquin Angelucci, Evan L'Hirondelle, Andrea Tozza

Life is like the voyage of a ship on rough seas - destined to be finite, to endure storms as well as the serenity of calm seas. It often seems tempting to just give up, rest and jump off your own ship in a rough storm.
But thanks to the sailors on my ship, my companions in life, I always manage to take the helm and sail towards the horizon - the infinite, unreachable line that reminds us that we are all nobody.
Marta Andreitsiv: The only way out is through
Choreography, stage, lighting & costumes: Marta Andreitsiv
Choreographic assistant: Niklas Jendrics
Musical arrangement: Eduardo Boechat
Music: Zabavka “Коріння” (Roots), Thomas Bangalt “Rectum”, Zabavka and Dmytryk Приворот (Spell), poem by Vasul Symonenko, read by Marta Andreitsiv
Cast: Marta Andreitsiv, Paula Alves, Clara Nougué-Cazenave, Pedro Maricato

Pain is the echo of our past,
the shadow of our present,
and the harbinger of our future.

Granite obelisks, akin to jellyfish
Granite obelisks, akin to jellyfish,
They had been crawling, endlessly, to find themselves too weak.
And there's no more space left for new graves,
In the cemetery of executed dreams.

A billion hopes - that had been buried in black soil,
A billion fortunes - that had been forever seized...
The Soul is burning, and the angered Mind - aflame,
All the while the Hate is laughing in the wind.

If only he who had been fooled could see,
And if the deceased ones lived again,
The sky, long gray from tireless cursing,
Would surely rupture underneath its shame.

A poem by the Ukrainian poet Vasul Symonenko (1935-1963) © translated into English by Ruslan Suleimanov

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