This program is a joint presentation of Tanz im August and Staatsballett Berlin. It marks the beginning of a planned long-term collaboration with the newly-established Staatsballett, and gives artistic expression to the increased mutual curiosity and openness between contemporary dance and ballet concepts.

The evening is composed of works by Dana Caspersen and William Forsythe, who have made a name for themselves as pioneers in the border zone between the two aesthetics; Jérôme Bel, Eszter Salamon and Xavier Le Roy, stars of the avant-garde of contemporary dance. Vladimir Malakhov, world-famous dancer and head of Staatsballett Berlin, will present a suprise choreography.
Staatsoper Unter den Linden
21 AUG
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105 MIN

Dana Caspersen & William Forsythe Frankfurt a.M.

“THE THE is a richly articulate knot wound by two women. Thinking intently through the curves and tensions of their bodies, the women engage in a conversation of limbs, spoken in a precise, tangled dialect of beauty.” (Dana Caspersen)

14 Min

Choreografie: Dana Caspersen & William Forsythe
Tanz: Christine Bürkle, Jone San Martin
Bühne & Licht: Dana Caspersen, William Forsythe

Koproduktion: Floria Productions, Holland Dance Festival
Photo: Dominik Mentzos 

Jérôme Bel Paris

“Ballet interests me enormously, in the sense that it is the history of performance dance, an extremely refined and elaborate language, and yet understandable by almost anyone, because it forms a part of Western culture.” (Jérôme Bel)

30 min

Kreation: Jérôme Bel
Performance: Véronique Doisneau

Eine Auftragsarbeit der Opéra National de Paris, mit Ausschnitten aus Choreografien von Jean Coralli und Jules Parrot, Marius Petipa, Merce Cunnigham, Rudolf Nurejew. Jérôme Bel dankt besonders Merce Cunningham und der Foundation Rudolf Nurejew.
Unterstützung: Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d’Ile-de-France (Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication), AFAA.

Photo: Icare 

Eszter Salamon & Xavier Le Roy Berlin

GISZELLE marks a further stage of an ongoing research of the reconfigured body. This solo allows us to follow the performer closely and understand all the subtlety of the dance.

27 Min

Konzept / Choreografie: Eszter Salamon & Xavier Le Roy
Tanz: Eszter Salamon

Produktion: Le Kwatt und in situ productions
Koproduktion: SACD und Festival d’Avignon 2001 im Rahmen von „Le Vif du Sujet“.
Unterstützung: TanzWerkstatt Berlin, Podewil Berlin, Kaaitheater Brüssel, Senatsverwaltung für Wisschenschaft, Forschung und Kultur.
Dank an Kunsten Festival des Arts 2001 und Pierre Le Roy.
Kreiert für das Festival d’Avignon 2001 im Rahmen von „Vif le Sujet“/SACD
Photo: Katrin Schoof 

Vladimir Malakhov Berlin

Vladimir Malakhov is renowned worldwide as one of the best dancers of his generation. For the past year, he has been the head of Staatsballett Berlin, the largest ballet company in Germany. For this special evening, he himself will perform in a contemporary piece that is sure to attract attention; the choreographer and title are a surprise.

In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Staatsballett Berlin und der Staatsoper Unter den Linden.
Photo: Kurigani