• 2012

  • Performance

The double evening SERENADE ME allows two different choreographic positions to enter into a tension. Both works find their starting point in highly emotional musical material and both deal with the reception of the musical pieces, with their stories, with memory and personal experiences. The musical material is classical and contemporary music in the form of songs that are about or assume love: from the serenade, the so-called serenade that one sings in honor of someone, to the songs of pop music, the material alludes to long European traditions of minnesong or ballads. Dance is closely related to this musical heritage and also has its own repertoire of expressing feelings of love. How do feelings and their stories emerge through songs, through music and through dance?

Georg Reischl's starting point is Tchaikovsky's "Serenade for Strings in C Major," a 30-minute piece of music from 1880 with which Tchaikovsky himself was, in his own words, "terribly in love." Reischl's choreographies are abstract and highly energetic; they establish states that can be described as emotional spaces. The former Forsythe dancer and resident choreographer of Scapino Ballet Rotterdam combines experimental approaches with an idea of tradition and repertoire in his work. Vivienne Newport, on the other hand, was a protagonist and collaborator of Pina Bausch for a long time, and her works move in the realm of dance theater; scenes and spoken text take on an important role.

Choreography Georg Reischl
Music Tchaikovsky's "Serenade for Strings in C Major
Dance Bryndis Brynjolfsdottir, Sabina Perry, Inma Rubio Thomas, Douglas Bateman, Michael Maurissens, Adam Ster
Dramaturgy Lucie Ortmann
Light Hartmut Litzinger
Production assistance Inga Marie Sponheuer
Cooperation Schauspiel Köln
Support Kunststiftung NRW, Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of NRW, Cultural Office of the City of Cologne.

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